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Report from environmental group warns of bacteria risk at Texas beaches, rivers

The report claims fecal bacteria at Texas beaches, rivers and lakes frequently reached unsafe levels in 2017.

For years, the Legislature has been stockpiling hundreds of millions of dollars meant for Texas’ parks in order to artificially balance the budget. That practice may not end completely with the passage of House Bill 158 — but it’s certainly been scaled down, at least for the next few years. The beach at Galveston Island State Park suffered a lot of damage during Hurricane Ike, and the state estimates it will cost $6.5 million to complete needed beachside redevelopment.

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