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  1. Establishing the Knowledge Base…

  2. We live in a beautiful state

  3. with tremendous environmental variety

  4. What do we know about the condition of the environment in Texas? • Work in groups to identify and locate environmental issues in Texas.

  5. Environmental issues affect Texans everywhere… • Air quality in all cities is a matter of concern.

  6. Issues… • Oil rich regions face the threat of abandoned oil wells leaking into underground water supplies

  7. Issues… • The Rio Grande no longer flows to the Gulf of Mexico

  8. Issues… • Killer bees, fire ants, dengue fever spreading mosquitoes are spreading across the state

  9. Issues… • Agricultural run-off, including pesticides. Herbicides, and fertilizers affect water supplies on land and at sea

  10. Issues… • The Black Footed Ferret, the Attwater Prairie Chicken, and other species are threatened, endangered, and disappearing

  11. Issues… • Introduced plants threaten Texas wildflowers and biodiversity statewide

  12. Issues… • Urban growth and economic development are affected by water shortages

  13. Issues… • Neighborhoods throughout Dallas, Houston, El Paso and elsewhere are threatened by toxic releases from aging industries

  14. Issues… • Extreme weather and climate events such as floods, droughts are more common

  15. Issues… • Natural environments have been altered, wetlands drained, dunes leveled with devastating effects on living creatures

  16. Texans face many environmental management issues

  17. It’s Important… • These issues are sensitive, significant, and demand careful consideration for the sake of our children

  18. A new approach… • Combine programs to preserve and protect the environment with market-based solutions to environmental problems • Financial incentives to guide the use of the environment

  19. New approach… • The economic health of Texas depends upon the health of its environment • It’s our duty to prepare the next generation to preserve our heritage