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2013-04-23 22:17:09

Since 1997, a shrubby perennial found only in East Texas has been on a waiting list to be officially declared by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. A ruling on the fate of the Neches River rose-mallow is expected by 2016 under a settlement agreement between the feds and a conservation group. If the plant is listed as threatened, it will become eligible for government-funded restoration. But the future of the white-petaled, ruby-throated hibiscus...

2008-07-30 21:00:25

By Kelly Young, Jacksonville Daily Progress, Texas Jul. 30--A memorandum opinion made last month by U.S. District Judge Jorge Solis, denying motions by the city of Dallas and the Texas Water Development Board to block the creation of the Neches River National Wildlife Refuge, was finalized Monday when the court issued its final judgment in the case. However, since the court's initial ruling June 30, the city of Dallas has sought to block the transfer of land into the refuge on the...

2008-07-30 18:00:32

By Kelly Young, Jacksonville Daily Progress, Palestine Herald-Press, Texas Jul. 30--A memorandum opinion made last month by U.S. District Judge Jorge Solis, denying motions by the city of Dallas and the Texas Water Development Board to block the creation of the Neches River National Wildlife Refuge, was finalized Monday when the court issued its final judgment in the case. However, since the court's initial ruling June 30, the city of Dallas has sought to block the transfer of land into...

2008-07-16 18:00:21

By Beth Foley, Palestine Herald-Press, Texas Jul. 16--An East Texas environmental group concerned about the future of the Neches River is trying to drum up public support of efforts to designate the Neches as a National Wild and Scenic River. The East Texas Environmental Concerns Organization (ETECO) will host Donnie Puckett, a retired game warden and avid fisherman, as guest speaker at 6 p.m. Monday at First Presbyterian Church, located at 306 E. Tyler St. in Athens. Puckett, who is...

2008-07-06 03:00:10

By Rudolph Bush, The Dallas Morning News Jul. 6--There's nothing like July heat to remind people just how badly North Texas needs water. But Dallas' long-term water strategy has been getting a second look from city officials after a federal judge put a major hitch in a plan to build a huge reservoir in East Texas. The proposed Lake Fastrill reservoir on the Neches River isn't entirely dead as a result of the ruling. But, the proposal's future is in serious question, prompting Dallas...

2008-07-01 18:00:13

By Beth Foley, Palestine Herald-Press, Texas Jul. 1--PALESTINE -- A U.S. District Court judge ruled in favor of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Monday afternoon, blocking an attempt by the City of Dallas and the Texas Water Development Board to turn a portion of the Neches River in Anderson and Cherokee counties into a lake to supply water for Dallas' future needs. According to Janice Bezanson, executive director of the Texas Conservation Alliance, U.S. District Judge Jorge Solis...


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