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"Never Happens" Video Tells True Stories of Water Tragedies - Texas Parks and Wildlife [Official]


Tragic but true stories told by teenagers who witnessed or survived a boating accident is the point of a YouTube video released by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. The video is a compelling reminder to be safe on the water by wearing a life jacket, learning to swim and supervising children to prevent drowning. The Texas legislature mandated the new video and directed it to be shown in Driver's Education classes to reach 225,000 15- and 16-year-olds annually. View the complete video at http://youtu.be/-qZJXEPh6PA For information on boating safety, boaters education and how to choose the right life jacket, visit http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/fishboat/boat/safety/

Zebra Mussels On the Move - Texas Parks and Wildlife [Official]


A new Texas rule, just passed by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission, expands boat draining rules from 47 counties to statewide. The rule will go into effect in July and requires boats and other vessels operating on all public lakes, rivers and creeks to be completely drained to help combat the further spread of zebra mussels. Zebra mussels are a destructive invasive species that can damage motor boats, hurt aquatic life, hinder water recreation and even affect our water supply by clogging water intake systems. Texas Parks and Wildlife has this report. The new statewide rule applies to all types and sizes of boats whether powered or not, It includes personal watercraft, sailboats, kayaks, canoes, or any other vessel used on public waters. For more information on Zebra Mussels or other invasive species, go www.texasinvasives.org/zebramussels

Stone Skipping - Texas Parks and Wildlife [Official]


Stone Skipping Return to a simpler time as kids of all ages compete to see who's the best stone-skipper around. It's the World Stone Skipping Championship in Wimberley, Texas.

Paddling Race: A Long Way to Seadrift, 1994


A Long Way to Seadrift The Texas Water Safari is touted as the toughest non-stop boat race in the world, starting in San Marcos and ending in Seadrift 260 miles later. Over the past thirty years, an entire subculture has developed among the participants and their families. We'll ride along with some of the contestants in the most extreme of canoe races.

Caddo Lake Paddling Trails - Texas Parks and Wildlife [Official]


Caddo Lake State Park Paddling Trail Straddling the Texas-Louisiana border, swampy Caddo Lake in Northeast Texas has an enduring air of mystery. And the paddling trails are the ideal way to explore this fascinating lake.

Kayak Construction: The Boat Builder


The Boat Builder Houston architect Skip Johnson's hobby is both a craft and an art. Skip builds wooden kayaks that would be right at home in an art gallery, but are built for the water. Follow along as Skip designs, builds, and finally paddles his latest creation, the 'Bionic Log'.

River Access, A Few Things to Know - Texas Parks and Wildlife [Official]


River Access, A Few Things to Know Before your next Texas river trip, check out the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department's web page. You'll be able to find out the rules and regulations regarding public river access in the state. And you'll find all kinds of useful information about fishing, paddling times, put in and take out points. Watch the Texas Parks & Wildlife television show on Texas PBS stations: http://www.tpwd.texas.gov/tv

Texas Above & Below: Beneath the Surface - Texas Parks and Wildlife [Official]


Texas Above & Below: Beneath the Surface Our four part series concludes with footage of the Lone Star State in a way we don't normally get to see. Travel below the rim of Palo Duro Canyon, immerse yourself in a clear Texas river, and travel deep in the Gulf of Mexico, exploring our natural and artificial reefs.

Texas Above & Below: Growing Pains - Texas Parks and Wildlife [Official]


Texas Above & Below: Growing Pains The third in a four part series that highlights The Lone Star State in a way we don't normally get to see ... from high above and down below. First up, we fly over our cities and industrial centers, hearing from some of Texas' greatest thinkers about striking a crucial balance about the stewardship between our states' economy and our natural resources. From show #2217.

Texas Above & Below: Rivers & Lakes - Texas Parks and Wildlife [Official]


Texas Above & Below: Rivers & Lakes The first in a four part series that highlights The Lone Star State in a way we don't normally get to see ... from high above and down below. First up, we fly over our rivers and lakes, hearing from some of Texas' greatest thinkers about how our stewardship of these resources are so vital to the economic and cultural future of our state. From Show #2211.

Texas Above & Below: The Coast - Texas Parks and Wildlife [Official]


Texas Above & Below: The Coast The second in a four part series that highlights The Lone Star State in a way we don't normally get to see ... from high above and down below. In this segment, we fly over the Gulf of Mexico and our coastlines, where you'll get a different view of the wildlife, the habitat, and man's impacts. From Show #2214.

Never Happens: True Stories About Water Safety - Texas Parks and Wildlife [Official]


While it's easy to think it will never happen to us, these are real stories from survivors of accidents on the water. For information on boating safety, boaters education and how to choose the right life jacket, visit http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/fishboat/boat/safety/

Tracing a Texas River: The Guadalupe - Texas Parks and Wildlife [Official]


This story traces the Guadalupe River from its headwaters all the way down to the Gulf, highlighting some of the things you see and can do along the way. For more on Texas rivers, see http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/landwater/

Devils River SNA Public Meetings - Texas Parks and Wildlife [Official]


Texas Parks and Wildlife is looking for public input on one of its latest land acquisitions. The Devils River State Natural Area south unit won't be open for at least another year, but park officials are taking comments now on a proposed public use plan. The 18-thousand acre property, with miles of prime river frontage, was purchased last year thanks to millions in private donations. devilsrivercomment@tpwd.state.tx.us

The Rio Grande- Down But Not Out Texas Parks and Wildlife [Official]


Join a group of 8th graders as they raft down the Rio Grande. This 2005 outdoor adventure is more of an outdoor classroom, as the children learn all about the pressures on this once mighty river. From the fight for its precious water, to the invasive trees and shrubs that threaten to take over the river. This is a tale of a river thats down but not out...just yet.

Reclaiming the River - Texas Parks and Wildlife [Official]


See how a few folks are helping a whole town reclaim its river. Some technical guidance and a lot of teamwork have transformed an old mine site and mud pit along the Colorado River into an asset for a community and its wildlife. For more information about Texas Paddling Trails, visit: http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/fishboat/boat/paddlingtrails/

Last of the Houston Bayous - Texas Parks and Wildlife [Official]


Clear Creek is one of the last untouched, pristine bayous in Harris County. For a city like Houston known as Bayou City, it's ironic that so few of these waterways remain intact. This story chronicles the natural beauty of the Clear Creek area, along with its ecological significance. Learn more about water issues in Texas at http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/landwater/ See what's on our program this week: ‪http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/newsmedia/tv/‬. For a list of stations and air times: ‪http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/newsmedia/tv/tvwhere.phtml‬.

The Red River - Texas Parks and Wildlife [Official]


The River Runs Red The Red River is a dividing line full of interesting people and tales. Travel this historic corridor along the Texas - Oklahoma border. This segment airs on the Texas Parks and Wildlife television show the week of December 25-31, 2012, and repeats the week of June 24-30, 2012, on the Texas PBS stations. www.tpwd.state.tx.us/tv

Guarding the Nest- Texas Parks and Wildlife [Official]


When birds are nesting on islands along the Texas coast people need to keep their distance and avoid disturbing them. For more info., see http://www.cbbep.org/programscoastalwbirds.html

Paddling Trails of Texas - Texas Parks and Wildlife [Official]


Paddle along as we explore some of the state's best paddling trips. Details, including rental info. at http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/fishboat/boat/paddlingtrails/

YR Navy Barge Turned to Artificial Reef (Reef Site PS-1169L)


An old Navy dive barge has been recycled into an artificial reef in the Gulf of Mexico to create habitat for marine life http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/landwater/water/habitats/artificial_reef/rigs_to_reefs.phtml

Texas Clipper Sunk for Artificial Reef (Reef Site PS-1122)


Watch the sinking of the historic WWII ship, the Texas Clipper, to create an artificial reef for marine life in the Gulf of Mexico. http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/landwater/water/habitats/artificial_reef/overview.phtml

Oil Rigs Recycled as Artificial Reefs in the Gulf (Reef Site HI-A-298)


Obsolete petroleum platforms are recycled into artificial reefs that provide habitat for marine life http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/landwater/water/habitats/artificial_reef/rigs_to_reefs.phtml

Village Creek Paddling Trail - Texas Parks and Wildlife [Official]


Village Creek State Park near Beaumont is the site of the latest Texas paddling trail. This 21 mile trail meanders through towering pines with multiple access points. Boat rentals available. Info. at http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/fishboat/boat/paddlingtrails/

Don't Let Invasives Take Over Texas Lakes - Texas Parks and Wildlife [Official]


Here's how you can help prevent invasive species such as Giant Salvinia and Zebra Mussels from harming Texas lakes. More info. at http://www.texasinvasives.org/