Major environmental bills still in play
May 16, 2015

With only 2 weeks left, the Legislature still has major bills to vote on and it is important that Sierrans tell their representatives where they stand.

First, there is the "Gridzilla" legislation to create an ill-advised state water grid for Texas. We have a good shot at stopping this legislation IF you contact your Senator immediately in opposition to House Bill 3298.

Second, a significant assault on your right to petition City Hall passed the House and will soon be considered by the Senate. House Bill 2595 makes illegal any citizen petition that “restricts” the “economic gain” of a property owner. For example, your right to petition to stop a landfill in your neighborhood could be revoked. Please contact your State Senator in opposition to this bill. Read more about this move to take away your rights at:

On a positive note, we hope you will urge your Senator to vote yes on SB 551 relating to the duty of the Water Conservation Advisory Council to submit a report and recommendations regarding water conservation in this state. The required report submitted by Water Conservation Advisory Council must include recommendations for legislation to advance water conservation in this state.

Finally, HB 1794 is a bad bill that would effectively prevent cities from protecting their citizens and the environment from careless, negligent, reckless, and even grossly negligent behavior. HB 1794 would radically change existing law to require that local governments prove a polluter’s criminal intent in civil cases seeking civil penalties – never the law in Texas.  Criminal intent is very difficult to prove in environmental cases and such a standard would leave local governments and the state, as a necessary party in local government actions, powerless to penalize a person responsible for careless, negligent, reckless, or even grossly negligent conduct resulting in air, water, solid waste, or hazardous waste pollution or public harm, no matter how serious.

Again, you are urged to e-mail or call your Senator in opposition ASAP.

 

Sierrans gather for a group shot before the 2014 King William parade

Welcome to the Alamo Group of the Sierra Club

We invite you to join our 2,000 members as we explore, enjoy and protect San Antonio and its surrounding areas. Come to one our monthly general meetings featuring prominent speakers on a vast array of subjects. Enjoy one of our monthly Lion’s Field events which will entertain and edify you with films and speakers on a variety of issues. Come walk, hike, camp or backpack on one of our frequent outings. Get involved in advocacy on local, state or national conservation issues. Help introduce local youngsters to the wonders of the outdoors with the Sierra Club Youth Outdoors program.

 

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Events Calendar

This events and activities calendar contains listings for our monthly general meetings and Lion’s Field events, committee meetings, special events and important opportunities for environmental activism.

Outings are not listed here but are found on the Alamo Sierra Club Outings page on Meetup.

Date Event More Information
Wed, 05/27/2015 FILM: AN AMERICAN NILE, the second in the Cadillac Desert series.
6:30 PM to 8:30 PM

2809 Broadway Street, San Antonio, TX 78209, USA
Tue, 06/16/2015 Alamo Sierra Club General Monthly Meeting---Teaming with Wildlife
6:30 PM

Our new location is EcoCentro, located at San Antonio College, 1802 North Main Avenue at the northeast corner with Locust Street
Wed, 06/24/2015 Lion's Field Events: Cadillac Desert
6:30 AM

Lion's Field Adult Center, 2809 Broadway @ Mulberry
Tue, 07/21/2015 Alamo Sierra Club General Monthly Meeting (Annual Potluck)
6:30 PM

Our new location is EcoCentro, located at San Antonio College, 1802 North Main Avenue at the northeast corner with Locust Street
Wed, 07/22/2015 Lion's Field Events: No Event in July
6:30 AM

Lion's Field Adult Center, 2809 Broadway @ Mulberry

General Meeting

Lion's Field Event----Images of the West

AT CAPACITY Big Bend National Park, camping and day hikes

The Human Scale

'Fresh Air Friday'

'Viva Botanica!'

A Sustainability Plan for San Antonio

General Meeting Presenatiion: A Sustainability Plan for San Antonio

Lion's Field Events: Cadillac Desert

NW Vista College Earth Day

Public Forum: San Antonio's Water Future: Better Alternatives (to the Vista Ridge deal) and better ways of engaging the whole community in deciding and realizing that Water Future

Alamo Sierra Club General Monthly Meeting

FILM: AN AMERICAN NILE, the second in the Cadillac Desert series.

Alamo Sierra Club General Monthly Meeting---Teaming with Wildlife

Lion's Field Events: Cadillac Desert

Alamo Sierra Club General Monthly Meeting (Annual Potluck)

Lion's Field Events: No Event in July