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TLCV supports conservation ballot measures in Houston and Austin

September 21st, 2012

The November election is right around the corner. The Texas League of Conservation Voters Education is supporting two conservation ballot measures in Houston and Austin.

Houston Bayou Greenways Initiative

The Houston Parks Board has recently joined forces with other public and private partners to embark upon a bold initiative focusing on Houston’s bayous, specifically the potential of connected greenways and park spaces along ten of our major bayous. This unique project, made possible by Houston’s natural landscape of bayous, will elevate the city’s standing as one of the top “quality of place” cities in the nation, and demonstrate our commitment to the invaluable ecological capital in the midst of our large metroplex.

Bayou Greenways is an approximately $480 million project that will be tackled by many public and private stakeholders over a series of ten to fifteen years, and when complete, the greater Houston area will have 4,800 acres of new and equitably distributed greenspaces. The project will also build upon City, County, State, and Federal water quality and flood control. Other benefits to using bayou corridors for greenspace and recreation in the greater Houston area include increasing the use of alternative transportation for commuting along the hike and bike trails, increasing the property values along the corridor resulting in increased revenue to the city, and increasing air quality due to increased CO² sequestration by newly planted trees, and use of trails for alternative transportation.

For more information please visit http://www.houstonparksboard.org/projects/bayou_greenways_initiative.php

♥ Love Austin? Let’s Bond!

The Austin City Council has voted unanimously to place seven municipal bonds on the November 6th ballot. The projects funded by the seven bonds, totaling $384.9 million, were culled from a “needs assessment” of over $1.5 billion. The Austin City council and a citizen commission prioritized these investments to meet Austin’s most critical needs. These investments include environmentally friendly initiatives such as $143.3 million for transportation and mobility, including road improvements for I-35 and MoPac, sidewalks, bikeways, and the Violet Crown Trail, $30 million to preserve open space and protect water quality, and $77.7 million for parks and recreation projects, including repairing and upgrading neighborhood parks and pools. Other initiatives involve $78.3 million to build, repair and renovate affordable housing in all parts of Austin, $31.1 million for public safety improvement projects, $11.1 million for health and human services projects, and $13.4 million for library and cultural arts projects.

For more information, to get a yard sign, or to volunteer, visit Facebook.com/LuvATX, email Love Austin at loveaustincampaign@gmail.com, or call Love Austin at 512-466-6939.