Alison Wenzel

Environmental education isn’t always elementary

How former MLEIP intern turned TCEQ staffer Alison Wenzel developed her love for the environment into a full-time career Growing up in Texas, Alison Wenzel learned to love the environment from a young age from her parents. Because her mom was an environmental educator and her dad is a lifelong outdoorsman, they often went camping, … Continue reading Environmental education isn’t always elementary

This smells … fishy

Why dead fish follow a hurricane If you live near the Texas coast, you may have seen dead fish following a hurricane. Lots and lots of dead, smelly fish lining the coast. Or maybe you saw them gulping for air at the surface of the water. Perhaps you wondered if it was pollution that caused … Continue reading This smells … fishy

Air Monitor

Measuring Air Quality in the Lone Star State

If you live in a city in Texas, you’ve likely driven by an air monitoring station without knowing it was there. TCEQ is responsible for protecting the state’s resources and ensuring clean air for the residents of Texas. Air quality is impacted by both man-made sources such as industrial emissions and vehicle exhaust, and naturally … Continue reading Measuring Air Quality in the Lone Star State

Ozone Season is Underway: What is it?

Ozone season typically runs from March to November in Texas. Each day during ozone season, the TCEQ informs the public when forecasted conditions can lead to Ozone Action Days (OAD). These are days when ozone levels are expected to be elevated and can impact the public’s health through the quality of the air. Ozone, sometimes … Continue reading Ozone Season is Underway: What is it?

Get Ready: National Hurricane Preparedness Week May 9-15

As part of National Hurricane Preparedness Week, May 9-15, we are launching a series of blog posts related to hurricanes, including preparing for them, some of our staff’s experiences with them and some other interesting things we came across during hurricane season last fall. In case you were wondering how TCEQ prepares for a hurricane, … Continue reading Get Ready: National Hurricane Preparedness Week May 9-15