Texas Key Facts:
Water and Environment
- Texas’s dam safety program has 29 Full-Time Employees that each oversee an average of 245.6 state regulated dams.
- Texas has 915 high hazard dams.
- 65% of the state regulated dams in Texas have an Emergency Action Plan.
- Texas’s state dam safety program has an annual budget of $2,104,634.
- Texas has reported $26 billion in drinking water infrastructure needs over the next 20 years.
- Texas has 50 sites on the National Priorities List.
- Texas has approximately 1,465 miles of levees according to the current FEMA Midterm Levee Inventory.
- Texas has reported $11.5 billion in wastewater infrastructure needs over the next 20 years.
- There are 396 public-use airports in Texas.
- 1,372 of the 52,260 bridges in Texas (2.6%) are considered structurally deficient.
- 8,680 of the 52,260 bridges in Texas (16.6%) are considered functionally obsolete.
- Texas received $135.9 million from the Federal Highway Bridge Fund in FY2011.
- Texas has 830 miles of inland waterways, ranking it 13th in the nation.
- Texas’s ports handled 451.8 million short tons of cargo in 2009, ranking it 1st in the nation.
- Texas has 47 freight railroads covering 10,384 miles across the state, ranking it 1st by mileage.
- Driving on roads in need of repair costs Texas motorists $5.27 billion a year in extra vehicle repairs and operating costs – $343 per motorist.
- 38% of Texas’s roads are in poor or mediocre condition.
- Texas has 306,404 public road miles.
- Texas’s highway vehicle-miles traveled in 2009 was approximately 9,267 per capita, ranking it 37th in the nation.
- Texas’s gas tax of 20 cents per gallon has not been increased in 21 years.
- Texas has 265,307 annual unlinked passenger trips via transit systems – motor bus, heavy rail, light rail, and commuter rail.
Parks and Recreation
- Texas has reported an unmet need of $115 million for its parks system.
- Public school districts in Texas spent a total of $23.5 billion on capital outlays for school construction and acquisition of land and existing structures in fiscal years 2005–2008.
- It is estimated that Texas schools have $12.6 billion in infrastructure funding needs.
- Texas produces 28.967 gigawatt-hours of renewable energy every year, ranking it 5th.
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