Scorched Valley: Impacts of Climate Change in the RGV

Four squares showing the progression of the Rio Grande over the years. The river is shrinking and vegetation is drying up and tie progresses.

In recent years, the RGV seems to be getting hotter. This rise in temperatures has had negative effects on our economy and is affecting our communities. Learn more about how the RGV has been affected by climate change.

Car Wash Boom in the RGV

A front view of stores along a city’s main street. A car wash, seemingly out of place, is sandwiched in between a flower shop and a bookstore.

Cruising through the RGV, you may notice new businesses springing up, but there is one industry that is taking the lead in these developments: car washes. Explore the unexpected rise of these facilities in our small towns, their impact on urban development, and the questions they raise about sustainability and community space.

LNG Industrialization: What it means for the RGV

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The LNG projects have had a complicated history, and following along has not been easy. We break down the major concerns about the projects and detail the efforts of environmental and Indigenous organizations to stop them.

La Ciudad de Sullivan: Un Refugio para Animales

El RGV es el hogar de una de las mayores poblaciones de animales callejeros del país, lo que supone una gran presión para los servicios de rescate y acogida que ayudan a encontrar un hogar para estos animales. Con recursos limitados de los gobiernos locales pero un fuerte apoyo de la comunidad, estas organizaciones logran luchar a diario por estos animales.

The City of Dogs in Sullivan: A Refuge for Strays

The RGV is home to one of the largest populations of stray animals in the country, which puts a serious strain on the rescues and foster services that help find these animals a home. With limited resources from local governments but strong support from the community, these organizations manage to fight on behalf of these animals on a daily basis.

Op-Ed: Let’s Burn Together (or Save The Planet)

Illustration of three doves with the tops of their heads burning from environmental issues, with photo background of a fishing dock at South Padre Island.

Nature is vital in everything we do. Yet, at times, we ignore the many issues plaguing our communities within the Rio Grande Valley. Although Earth Day/Month has come and gone, these issues remain. Learn about the local environmental issues that continue to affect the RGV and the organizations and groups that keep fighting for our environmental rights.

Rio Grande Valley Community React Ahead of SpaceX Rocket Launch Blast on the South Texas Coastline

SpaceX routine operations and testing are already destroying wildlife refuges and sacred lands of the Carrizo Comecrudo Tribe of Texas and are threatening Rio Grande Valley communities with explosion risks. In addition to these accumulating impacts, the launch of the new massive Starship Super Heavy itself will increase the size and scale of SpaceX’s already damaging impacts on nearby communities, wildlife, and the environment.