The Golden Crescent Regional Planning Commission (GCRPC) is committed to promoting regional economic growth that is both sustainable and environmentally sound. As state and federal environmental laws change, local entities must address environmental issues that are often regional in scope.
The Regional Environmental Resources Advisory Committee (RERAC) is charged with supporting and assisting the GCRPC and its Board of Directors in their efforts to address regional environmental issues. In turn, the RERAC and the Board of Directors provide an effective means to disseminate environmental information throughout the region.
In the area of Environmental Resources, GCRPC's primary goals are the development and Implementation of appropriate regional strategies and plans in the following areas:
Solid Waste Management - To date, the primary function of the RERAC has been activities relating to solid waste management. A Regional Solid Waste Management Plan has been prepared and is updated periodically. The Regional Environmental Resources Advisory Committee (RERAC) also reviews and ranks proposals for local solid waste management projects that are funded through grants from the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission (TNRCC) and administered by the GCRPC.
Water Issues - With the passage of several Senate Bills, GCRPC will continue to work with local entities to provide technical assistance and to serve as an information resource center on regional water issues. These include water quality, development of drought contingency plans and determination of current and future needs of the region's municipal, agricultural and industrial interest, while also protecting the region's natural, wildlife and estuarine resources.
Air Issues - Any change to federal air quality standards pertaining to ozone and fine particulate matter could impact the region future economic growth. Since ozone is known to be transported for long distances, regional and "interregional" air shed modeling and increased monitoring efforts will be required to address air quality problems adequately. GCRPC is working with other councils of government as well as local government officials to provide a regional forum to address air pollution problems.
Land Use - Regional planning efforts can assist with the sitting of controversial facilities such as sanitary landfills which have the potential to negatively impact the quality of life in the surrounding communities.
The Regional Environmental Resources Advisory Committee (RERAC) assists the GCRPC board of directors to determine if proposed projects are compatible with the Golden Crescent Regional Solid Waste Plan during the permit application process to the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission (TNRCC).
Also, the recent adoption of the Texas Coastal Management Plan and the passage of the Sustainable Fisheries Act by Congress have placed new emphasis on the need to assess proposed projects that might damage coastal resources.
How to Compost
Amended Regional Plan
Closed Landfill Project
Golden Crescent Recycling