water protection

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Started 2 months ago

Petition to Governor Gregg Abbott

Create A Nonresident Real Estate Tax For Texas

More people moved to San Antonio last year than any other metropolitan area in the US. 25, 000 to be exact. Other Texas cities aren't far behind. Most of these transplants came from California. The increased traffic, development, urban sprawl, and congestion is a nightmare. Worst of all are the policies they are trying to force on this area. People from California and New York are trying to make our cities like the dysfunctional ones they are fleeing from, obviously not realizing that such views and policies ultimately create the overwhelming problems they had in their former homes. In San Antonio this egregious problem has even earned the nickname "San Frantonio Syndrome." Furthermore, people from California and China etc. are buying up the Hill Country and other areas. Some are doing so for purposes of development, and some are just buying it up and subdividing into "ranchettes" which drives up land prices and fragments habitat. This continuous influx of people is going to increasingly strain our resources, primarily WATER. Already many springs and creeks no longer flow, especially in the hill country. It has to stop. We need to better preserve what makes Texas "Texas". Cities in Texas need to stop appealing to the companies in these places, and just to these places in general for immigration under the convoluted notion that growth and expansion is somehow beneficial. We need to de-incentivise their immigration. We need the opposite, and fast. Vancouver had a similar problem with people from China and California buying up all the real estate around the area and driving up the average home price to over half a million dollars. The local residents were left unable to afford a place to live and with general cost of living skyrocketing, they began to slide into poverty. They then passed a non resident real estate tax which shook these foreigners out of their market. It worked well. But now these same investors have turned their sights even more so on Texas (among other places like Seattle and Denver). Texas should care first and foremost about its own citizens. It should also preserve what defines this great state. This petition proposes that the state of Texas create a 20% real estate tax that is to be paid by anyone who has not been a Texas resident for at least 10 years, and 40% tax to any non resident developer buying wild lands (non residential) for purposes of sub dividing and developing it for housing parcels, industrialization, or businesses. Furthermore, there can be no transfer of title from a resident to a nonresident as an attempt to bypass taxation.

C Klaus
18 supporters
Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jo-Ellen Darcy, Colonel John W. Henderson

Stop the Dakota Access Pipeline

I’m 13 years-old and as an enrolled member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, I’ve lived my whole life by the Missouri River. It runs by my home in Fort Yates North Dakota and my great grandparents original home was along the Missouri River in Cannon Ball. The river is a crucial part of our lives here on the Standing Rock Reservation. But now a private oil company wants to build a pipeline that would cross the Missouri River less than a mile away from the Standing Rock Reservation and if we don’t stop it, it will poison our river and threaten the health of my community when it leaks. My friends and I have played in the river since we were little; my great grandparents raised chickens and horses along it. When the pipeline leaks, it will wipe out plants and animals, ruin our drinking water, and poison the center of community life for the Standing Rock Sioux. In Dakota/Lakota we say “mni Wiconi.” Water is life. Native American people know that water is the first medicine not just for us, but for all human beings living on this earth. The proposed Dakota Access Pipeline would transport 570,000 barrels of crude oil per day, across four states. Oil companies keep telling us that this is perfectly safe, but we’ve learned that that’s a lie: from 2012-2013 alone, there were 300 oil pipeline breaks in the state of North Dakota. With such a high chance that this pipeline will leak, I can only guess that the oil industry keeps pushing for it because they don’t care about our health and safety. It’s like they think our lives are more expendable than others’. So we, the Standing Rock Youth, are taking a stand to be the voice for our community, for our great grandparents, and for Mother Earth. Join us, and sign to ask the Army Corps of Engineers to stop the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. Sincerely, Anna and the Standing Rock Youth Learn more about our campaign at

Anna Lee, Bobbi Jean & the Oceti Sakowin Youth
561,516 supporters
Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to Board of County Commissioners, Manatee County

Save wildlife and nature from excessive development!!

To purchase for conservation and prevent the development of certain wetland property situated between the Braden River and Braden Woods subdivision and identified as Manatee County Property Parcels 583900006, 583910104, and 583910054 (6804 99th Street East, Bradenton). Whereas, the aforementioned parcels are adjacent to the Braden River, a water supply for the City of Bradenton and Whereas, these parcels are home to various indigenous flora and fauna, some of which may be protected species and Whereas, proposed development will destroy natural habitats and increase the risk of damage to the water supply and adjacent residential properties and Whereas, proposed development is inconsistent with the surrounding neighborhoods, We, the undersigned, petition Manatee County to purchase the aforementioned parcels for conservation as a nature preserve and to take the necessary actions to preserve and protect this land from future development and unnecessary human activity. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------- BACKGROUND: A new development is being proposed near Braden Woods and River Club in Manatee County. Rezoning must be approved before construction can begin. The land is located at 6804 99th Street East in Bradenton (Parcel IDs 583900006, 583910104, 583910054). The proposed subdivision will be a gated community of 32 luxury homes situated on sensitive land that borders the Braden River, source of Bradenton's water supply. The homes will be constructed on lots that will be cleared of existing trees and vegetation. While a few areas will be designated "wetlands" they will be small, non-contiguous patches of nature, limiting the amount of wildlife that will be able to remain on this land. We believe that too much of the "real Florida" is being devastated by over-development of sensitive areas and that more natural habitats must be preserved. Concerned citizens are petitioning Manatee County to purchase this tract and preserve it from future development and human activity. For more information visit

1,363 supporters