A Q&A with two-time intern of the Mickey Leland Environmental Internship Program Cristina Barrera

Cristina Barrera graduated in 2017 from Southern Methodist University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies. She interned with TCEQ’s Mickey Leland Environmental Internship Program in 2015 and 2016 and is currently attending the Yale School of the Environment for a master’s degree in environmental management. I asked … Continue reading A Q&A with two-time intern of the Mickey Leland Environmental Internship Program Cristina Barrera

Legislative Wrap-Up: What it Means for TCEQ

State lawmakers increase incentives to improve air quality, regulate petroleum storage tanks, and prepare for lead testing in schools’ drinking water. Efforts to improve air quality in Texas got a boost during the recent legislative session when state lawmakers approved changes that will hasten the retirement of older, dirtier vehicles. Among the changes is a … Continue reading Legislative Wrap-Up: What it Means for TCEQ

Unmanned Aerial Systems Program Takes Flight

With hurricane season underway, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality is gathering resources to respond to disasters that may come Texas’ way. One of those resources relatively new to the agency is an Unmanned Aerial Systems program. In early 2020, TCEQ’s Emergency Management Support Team began developing a new UAS program with the purchase of … Continue reading Unmanned Aerial Systems Program Takes Flight

Former MLEIP intern Chris Ramirez Charts Path to Broadcast Meteorologist

Growing up in Houston, Chris Ramirez was aware that weather events, such as hurricanes and flooding could have a major impact on people’s lives. “The atmospheric processes that happen every day and affect everybody is something that I was so interested in even at a young age,” Ramirez said. Watching chief meteorologist Tim Heller on … Continue reading Former MLEIP intern Chris Ramirez Charts Path to Broadcast Meteorologist

Looking back at TCEQ’s Hurricane Harvey response

As Hurricane Harvey made its destructive landfall on the Texas coast and then sat around dumping rain on homes and businesses, Texans pulled together to help each other out. This video is a look back at how people, including our own employees, managed to pull through one of the most significant weather events the state … Continue reading Looking back at TCEQ’s Hurricane Harvey response