Updates from March, 2010

HOUSTON CHRONICLE

Whooping cranes had better winter this year

March 11th, 2010 | TAP In The News

The flock lost one crane during this winter’s stay, a year after the worst die-off on record for the bird. Despite scarce food supplies along the Texas coast, federal biologists expect 263 cranes to migrate to Canada in the coming weeks. “It was a hard […]

Filed in: Coastal Ecosystems, Guadalupe Basin Water Management, TAP Progress, Whooping Cranes

ASSOCIATED PRESS

Texas officials sued over whooping crane deaths

March 11th, 2010 | TAP In The News

A conservation group’s lawsuit filed Thursday blames Texas environmental regulators for a record die-off of endangered whooping cranes, alleging water-use policies left the birds starving and without water. The Aransas Project sued in federal court in Corpus Christi, alleging the 23 deaths in the 2008-09 […]

Filed in: Coastal Ecosystems, Guadalupe Basin Water Management, TAP Progress, Whooping Cranes

VICTORIA ADVOCATE

Aransas Project claims TCEQ practices harmed whooping cranes

March 11th, 2010 | TAP In The News

CORPUS CHRISTI – Four Texas Commission on Environmental Quality officials are being sued over whooping crane deaths and the state agency’s existing policy on water rights. The highest death toll of endangered whooping cranes was recorded last winter, prompting an Aransas County environmental alliance to […]

Filed in: Coastal Ecosystems, Guadalupe Basin Water Management, TAP Progress, Whooping Cranes

KRIS-TV CORPUS CHRISTI

TCEQ Blamed For Whooping Crane Deaths

March 11th, 2010 | TAP In The News

CORPUS CHRISTI- A federal lawsuit has been filed in Corpus Christi over the deaths of whooping cranes at the Aransas Wildlife Refuge. A conservation group called the Aransas Project is suing the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality claiming their policies have contributed to a die […]

Filed in: Coastal Ecosystems, Guadalupe Basin Water Management, TAP Progress, Whooping Cranes

BARABOO NEWS-REPUBLIC

ICF joins Texas group in lawsuit for cranes

March 11th, 2010 | TAP In The News

The International Crane Foundation joined forces Thursday with a Texas conservation group in a lawsuit against the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, saying the commission’s management of water permits is leading to droughts which threaten endangered whooping cranes wintering in the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge. […]

Filed in: Coastal Ecosystems, Guadalupe Basin Water Management, TAP Progress, Whooping Cranes

TAP Files Federal Lawsuit Against TCEQ Officials for Illegally Harming Endangered Whooping Cranes

March 10th, 2010 | Press Release

(Corpus Christi, TX — March 11, 2010) The Aransas Project (TAP) filed a federal lawsuit today in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, Corpus Christi Division, against several officials of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) in their official […]

Filed in: TAP Progress

Tom Stehn’s March census reports crane population holding, blue crab numbers still low

March 10th, 2010 | TAP Updates

Tom Stehn, the whooping crane coordinator for Aransas National Wildlife Refuge, has released his latest census report of the flock wintering at ANWR. As referenced in the following report,  the cranes numbers are holding, but blue crabs are still scarce: The seventh aerial census of […]

Filed in: Whooping Cranes

What is your response to someone who says: “Let the cranes die. We need the water more than the birds”?

March 10th, 2010 | Community Questions

Filed in: Questions

Growing Number of Diverse Groups Unify to Back TAP

March 9th, 2010 | Press Release

(Rockport, Texas) The Aransas Project (TAP), an alliance of citizens, organizations, businesses, and municipalities working to ensure freshwater flows to the bays and estuaries that protect the winter habitat of the endangered whooping crane, has been gaining momentum since its launch in December 2009, adding […]

Filed in: TAP Progress

Aransas County Commissioner Charlie Smith voices disappointment in letter to Region L

March 4th, 2010 | TAP Updates

Aransas County commissioner Charles Smith recently attended and spoke on behalf of TAP at the Region L (South Central Texas) Water Planning Board. Smith requested that Region L consider removing two projects (GBRA-Exelon and Lower Guadalupe Water Supply Project) from the plan that would seriously […]

Filed in: TAP Progress