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[ Media Contact: Tom Harvey, 512-389-4453, tom.harvey@tpwd.texas.gov ] [TH]
Jan. 10, 2005
Cronkite Narrates Texas Water Documentary Airing Feb. 3
AUSTIN, Texas - Walter Cronkite has narrated a one-hour video documentary about Texas water resources, which will air Feb. 3 on all Texas public television stations. "Texas: the State of Water--Finding a Balance" explores what's at stake in the struggle to provide enough clean water for wildlife and the environment, cities, industry and agriculture.
"I'm afraid that many Texans presume that there will always be plenty of water for all of our needs, but it's important for all of us to take a closer look now," said Robert L. Cook, executive director of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, which is producing the documentary.
"Even if you're not an angler or boater or have no connection with water resource development, this issue affects every single Texan," Cook said. "There is still time to plan for a future with enough water for people and fish and wildlife. But we need to act responsibly now."
For the second time, the Emmy Award-winning television series "Texas Parks & Wildlife" is teaming with the state's 13 PBS affiliates to broadcast original programming in prime-time on one night. The series' first one-hour documentary about water resources, a partnership venture with KERA-TV in Dallas, aired May 29, 2003.
"The greatness of Texas, its future, its well-being and its prosperity depend on its people understanding the vital role played by the wise and equitable distribution of its water supply," said Cronkite, who donated his services to the documentary project.
Cronkite, 88, was born in Missouri but moved to Texas as a boy and grew up in the Houston area. He still has family in the Austin area and returns to visit frequently.
He was anchorman and managing editor of the CBS Evening News for 19 years, until 1981. He is still a special correspondent for CBS News, but now also co-owns the Cronkite Ward Company in New York, which produces documentary programs for The Discovery Channel, PBS and other outlets.
Cronkite recorded narration for the documentary at the "Texas Parks & Wildlife" TV series production studio while in Austin in November. The weekly half-hour series runs on PBS stations in Texas and some other states.
Topics explored in the documentary include the controversial "rule of capture," an overview of agencies and laws that regulate surface water and groundwater, river instream flows, water lawsuits, controversies involving environmental river flow permits, how water use affects endangered species and other aquatic life, water rights permitting, proposed reservoirs, water as a commodity, interbasin water transfers from one river basin to another, and how river inflows affect the ecological health of bays and estuaries.
The documentary concludes with what people can do to help, including ways to conserve water, enhance groundwater recharge and retention, improve housing developments, and get involved as volunteers.
The documentary is part of a broader TPWD public information initiative that began in July 2002 with the first of an annual series of special issues of the Texas Parks & Wildlife magazine devoted to water issues. The July 2005 special issue will focus on groundwater, in which some of the best writers in the state along with TPWD experts, will help explain what groundwater is, how it works, and why readers should care. The overall communications initiative also includes using the TPWD radio series, Web site and other media to get messages out there.
The "Texas: the State of Water" 2005 communications initiative is funded in part by underwriting sponsor The Boone Pickens Foundation, A Communities Foundation of Texas Fund, patron sponsor Brazos Mutual Funds and supporting sponsors San Antonio River Authority, Brazos River Authority and Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority.
The following stations (and cities they cover) will broadcast "Texas: the State of Water--Finding a Balance" in the listed cities on Feb. 3. Unless otherwise indicated below, stations will air the documentary from 8-9 p.m. Central Standard Time.
--KERA: Abilene, Dallas, Denton, Fort Worth, Longview, Lufkin, Marshall, Nacogdoches, Paris, San Angelo, Sherman, Texarkana, Tyler, Wichita Falls.
--KUHT: Beaumont, Galveston, Houston, Port Arthur, Texas City, Victoria.
--KLRN: Kerrville, Laredo, San Antonio.
--KMBH: Brownsville, Harlingen, McAllen, Mission.
--KWBU: Waco.
--KOCV: Midland, Odessa.
--KNCT: Killeen, Temple.
--KCOS: El Paso (8 p.m. Mountain Time).
--KTXT: Lubbock
--KACV: Amarillo
--KLRU: Austin
--KEDT: Corpus Christi
--KAMU: Bryan, College Station
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On the Net:
Texas — The State of Water: http://www.texasthestateofwater.org/
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[ Media Contact: Steve Lightfoot, 512-389-4701, steve.lightfoot@tpwd.texas.gov ] [SL]
Jan. 10, 2005
Free Access Available For Guadalupe River Trout Anglers
AUSTIN, Texas -- Free trout fishing access is available on the Guadalupe River below Canyon Lake until March 17 at two sites leased by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.
The cliffs access site is located just past the third bridge crossing on River Road. This access site offers parking and wade-fishing access via a marked path to the river. There is no bank fishing access at this site. Wade fishing is advised only at river flows below 500 cubic feet per second.
The second access site, Camp Huaco Springs, is located just below the first bridge crossing on river road. This site offers approximately a mile of bank access, as well as good wade fishing opportunities. In order for the daily access fee to be waived at this site, anglers must park in the designated parking area and walk to the river.
TPWD stocks trout at both these sites as part of its annual winter trout stocking program, which provides economical access to fishing at more than 100 water bodies around the state. Camp Huaco Springs receives about 25 percent of all the trout stocked by the department on the Guadalupe River. River road runs along the Guadalupe River from New Braunfels to Sattler.
Trout stockings on the Guadalupe River are slated for Jan. 21 and Feb. 11. Additional Guadalupe River trout stocking sites include the fishing pier directly below Canyon Dam (free access), Whitewater Sports on Highway 306 (fee charged) and the bridge crossing in Sattler (fee charged by Rio Raft company). Anglers should consult the 2004-05 TPWD Outdoor Annual for specific trout fishing regulations on the Guadalupe River.
For the first time in many years, Texas anglers do not need a special trout fishing stamp in order to fish, however a freshwater fishing package is required. Youth ages 16 and younger and anyone fishing from the bank in state parks are exempt from the fishing package requirement.
TPWD has been stocking rainbow trout in small urban lakes, state park lakes and popular river tailraces each winter since the 1970s, providing Texans a simple and economical opportunity to go fishing.
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On the Net:
http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/fish/infish/reports/trout_stocking.phtml
http://waterdata.usgs.gov/tx/nwis/uv?format=pre&period=0&site_no=08167800
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[ Media Contact: Mona Farmer, 903-670-2228, mona.farmer@tpwd.texas.gov ] [LH]
Jan. 10, 2005
Nominations Sought For Texas Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame
ATHENS, Texas - Each year the public has a chance to nominate a favorite fishing icon for consideration as an inductee to the Texas Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame. Nominations will be accepted until Feb. 28.
The Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame, which is housed at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center here, honors legendary anglers, fisheries professionals and organizations that have made a contribution to freshwater fishing in Texas. One nominee will be chosen by an independent selection committee and formally inducted during the annual Hall of Fame Banquet in May. The honoree will join a legendary group of fishing Hall of Famers including Floyd Mabry, Jackie Hewlett, R.D. Hull, Bob Kemp, Nick Creme, Charlie Inman, Sugar Ferris, Leonard Ranne, Earl Golding, Kathy Magers, the Sabine River Authority, Skeeter Boats and Michael ("Shorty") Powers.
The rules are simple. The nominee must be a Texan or Texas organization that made a lasting, beneficial impact on freshwater fishing or freshwater fisheries management in Texas. Individuals may be either living or deceased. The nomination form must be completed and postmarked by Feb. 28.
To submit a nomination:
--Obtain an official nomination form available from http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/fish/infish or from the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center by calling (903) 676-2277.
--Complete the nomination form and mail it to the Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame, c/o Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center, 5550 FM 2495, Athens, Texas 75752, or fax to (903) 676-3474 by the deadline.
--Include copies of supporting documentation (testimonials, videos, photos, samples, etc.)
--Nomination forms and all materials submitted with them become the property of Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and will not be returned.
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[ Media Contact: Kristen Everett, 512-389-8046, tpwd.news@tpwd.texas.gov ] [KE]
Jan. 10, 2005
Wardens Offer Tips to Avoid Serious Deer/Car Collisions
FORT WORTH - With rutting, or deer mating season and also hunting season, deer are moving about more than usual. And as a recent fatality in this area demonstrates, there is a greater risk of damage to your car, serious injury or even death from hitting a deer. Experts offer tips to avoid doing so, or at least tips that could help avoid a more serious crash.
A 34-year-old woman from Denton County was driving on a Denton County road just east of the City of Denton recently in a semi-rural area of the metroplex when she was killed by a deer she hit. The collision caused her windshield to cave in. The deer was also killed.
Game Warden Capt. Scott Haney in Fort Worth worked on the case and has some advice to offer drivers in ANY area of Texas, which has a high white tailed deer population.
"You have to maintain your course and if you hit the deer, you hit the deer, but the affects are going to be more severe if you try to swerve or completely slam on the brakes because of the other factors that come into play when you do that (hitting other cars, weather, losing control of the vehicle). My suggestion is maintain your speed and direction. But sometimes it is just an unavoidable accident," he said.
Though this is the first fatal deer-car collision Haney can recall in his area, deer-car accidents tally to more than 1.5 million crashes in the United States, costing an estimated $1.1 billion in vehicle damage, according to recent reports from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The average cost per insurance claim was $2,000, with costs varying depending on the type of vehicle and severity of damage, according to the Institute. During deer season, there can be dramatic movements in the deer population with a significant number of deer darting onto highways and into suburban neighborhoods. So the Institute agrees with Haney that this is the most likely time to hit a deer on the road.
"As our wildlife habitat continues to shrink, accidents with deer and other animals are likely to increase unless we are more vigilant in our driving," said Jeanne M. Salvatore, vice president of Consumer Affairs for the Institute.
The Institute suggests the following defensive driving tips to avoid hitting a deer:
--Be attentive from sunset to midnight and hours shortly before and after sunrise. These are the highest-risk periods.
--Drive with caution when moving through deer-crossing zones, in areas known to have a large deer population and in areas where roads divide agricultural fields from forestland. Deer seldom run alone. If you see one deer, others may be nearby.
--When driving at night, use high beam headlights when there is no oncoming traffic. The high-beams will better illuminate the eyes of deer on or near the roadway.
--Brake firmly when you notice a deer in or near your path, but stay in your lane. Many serious crashes occur when drivers swerve to avoid a deer and hit another vehicle or lose control of their cars.
--Do not rely on devices such as deer whistles, deer fences and reflectors to deter deer. These devices have not been proven to reduce deer-vehicle collisions.
--Always wear your seat belt. Deer-vehicle collisions can result in serious injuries. People tend to underestimate how much damage collisions with animals can cause.
--If your vehicle strikes a deer, it's best not to touch the animal. The frightened and wounded animal could hurt you or itself. If the deer is blocking the roadway and poses a danger to other motorists, you should call law enforcement. Contact your insurance agent or company representative to report any damage to your car. Collision with a deer or animals is covered under the comprehensive portion of automobile policies.
And if you have a wreck that kills a deer, the question many people want answered -- can you keep the deer?
"There is a statute that says TPWD can donate animals killed accidentally by vehicles to group homes, orphanages, places like that, but typically what we do is if you want the deer, most of the time we will let you keep it. But what you need to do is contact the local sheriff's office to reach a local game warden when you hit a deer," Haney said
Meanwhile, he continues to respond to the calls that do come in, acknowledging that many more deer are hit than are reported.
"We probably get about six or seven calls a week in my district, and we're in a five-county area. There's no telling how many we don't hear of."
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On the Net:
http://www.iii.org/
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[ Media Contact: Tom Harvey, 512-389-4453, tom.harvey@tpwd.texas.gov ]
Jan. 10, 2005
Co-Op Grants Fund Programs to Make Science Fun
AUSTIN, Texas -- According to the 2003 statewide Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) summary reports, more Texas students are underperforming when it comes to science in schools. The latest round of 15 grants totaling $394,266 from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department may help address that issue and promote outdoor recreation and wildlife conservation.
Grants officials say they have noted a trend in the latest round of applications from groups seeking funding from TPWD's Community Outdoor Outreach Program (CO-OP). And that is that many grant applicants plan to invest in students' science knowledge as a way to preserve our state's natural resources and environment.
"We have groups that come up with amazing programs to help target this population of students because they have concerns about what will happen to the state's natural resources," said CO-OP Program Director Darlene Lewis. "They are partnering with schools and after-school programs to help make science fun, while also addressing other community concerns, such as latch-key students, crime prevention programs as well as getting kids outdoors for a little exercise as well. It's a win-win for Texas."
The CO-OP program has funded 350 outdoor education programs since 1996 and has a current annual budget of $800,000. Applicants can request as much as $30,000 to help cover the cost of equipment, supplies, transportation and facility use fees.
To learn more about CO-OP grants, call Lewis at (512) 912-7124. The next grant application deadline is March 1.
The following organizations are receiving CO-OP grants:
--Austin--American Youth Works --Project SOL (Service/Outdoors/Leadership) will conduct a series of camping, backpacking, and canoeing trips for participants in the AYW/YouthBuild/AmeriCorps program, combining service, education and recreation in Texas State Parks. $20,496.
--Austin--Friends of the Colorado River Foundation - 250 female at-risk folks will be overnight camping, rafting and fishing while learning problem-solving, decision-making and confidence-building using the outdoors. $22,084.
--Austin--Camp Fire USA Balcones Council - This project will consist of a series of Outdoor Skills trainings for children and their parents. Families will participate in Explore Texas, Texas Junior Naturalists and other TPWD programs at several state parks. $14,453.
--Corpus Christi--Youth Odyssey - At-risk youth will participate in 12 wilderness adventure trips that include rock-climbing, canoeing, kayaking and more, to help promote the development of core life skills and outdoor skills. $30,000.
--Dallas--Freshwater Angler Association, Inc. - Children participating in this program will learn basic fishing skills, fish identification, habitat and ethics. $26,535.
--Del Valle--Popham Elementary School - Project Science is a series of activities correlated with the science-learning objectives for kids from preschool through sixth grade. The events will take place on the school campus, Texas state parks and other community locations. $30,000.
--Devine--City Kids Adventure - 450 inner-city kids from San Antonio will be exposed to camping in state parks, fishing, hunting, plant/wildlife identification, and canoeing. $30,000.
--Edinburg-University of Texas-Pan American - Both high school and university students will get hands-on exposure to diverse plants and wildlife and wildscaping activities. $30,000.
--Fort Davis--Chihuahuan Desert Research Institute - Funding will allow kids from Brewster, Jeff Davis, Pecos and Presidio counties to participate in outdoor education programs. $24,810.
--Houston--Frank M. Black Middle School PTA - Students will participate in "Wilderness Education," focusing on science, math, language arts, social studies, art and physical education. Huntsville State Park staff will participate in the program as instructors. $29,960.
--Houston--Macedonia Outreach Center - After-school participants will assist biologists in conservation research projects, aquatic education programs, birding activities and camping. $30,000.
--Hurst--Education in Action - 500 outstanding students in Texas will get to participate in a 10-week long Lone Star Leadership Academy program which includes camping and rafting. $30,000.
--Rotan--Fisher County Healthcare Development Corp. - Program activities such as birding, camping, fishing, hunting and mountain biking will be offered to at-risk students. $29,256.
--San Antonio--Forever Foundation for Texas Wildlife - 250 disadvantaged kids will experience hunting for the first time. $30,000.
--Sherman--Austin College - Summer field trips will benefit children from the Boys & Girls Club and Girls, Inc. of Sherman. Activities will include visits to state parks, and opportunities for birding, wildlife viewing and nature hiking. $16,672.
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On the Net:
CO-OP grants: http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/grants/coop/
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[ General Media Contact: Business Hours, 512-389-4406 ] [KE]
Jan. 10, 2005
Stay Tuned
Information from Texas Parks and Wildlife is available on radio and television, as well as the newsstand.
Radio
Passport to Texas, TPWD's radio series of weekday, 90-second stories is broadcast on more than 100 Texas stations. Airing the week of Jan. 10-14, we'll tell you about a major face-lift for an East Texas hatchery. Plus, we'll tell you why nocturnal hunting is keeping wardens up at night.
For more information, visit the Web.
Video News
TPWD provides video news reports that run in newscasts on numerous Texas stations, as well as on cable and satellite outlets around the nation.
For more information, go to the Web.
Television
"Texas Parks & Wildlife" is a weekly half-hour television series seen on PBS affiliates around the state.
For more information about this week's programs and where they can be viewed, visit the Web.
Magazine
Texas Parks & Wildlife magazine is always available on newsstands throughout the state and by subscription for $19.95 a year. To subscribe, call (800) 937-9393 or order online.
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On the Net:
Passport to Texas: http://www.passporttotexas.org/
TPWD Video News: http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/news/tv/vnr/thismonth/
TPWD on PBS: http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/tv
TPW Magazine: http://www.tpwmagazine.com/
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