Calhoun County Resource Watch (Seadrift, TX)

Name

  • Name:Ms. Diane Wilson
  • Title:Founder and President

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Calhoun County Resource Watch
  • Address:161 Old Settlement Rd
    Seadrift, TX 77983
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:361-218-2353

Organization Web

User Web and Email

Location

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General

  • Mission:
  • The purpose of Calhoun County Resource Watch is to promote conservation and prevent degradation of the environment and the coastal communities in and around Calhoun County, Texas.

  • History:
  • In l989, I founded Calhoun County Resource Watch (CCRW) and also filed articles of incorporation with the state of Texas. CCRW gained nonprofit, 501.c3 status in 1994. The impetus for founding an environmental group in an area where there had never been one, was when the first Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) was made available to the public and national news media reported that Calhoun County was the number one county in the nation with the highest toxic releases to the land, accounting for 50 percent of Texas’ releases. Being from a commercial fishing community where clean, non-polluting bays are extremely important for the viability of a healthy ecosystem and fishery, our group called multiple meetings to discuss the TRI findings. Immediately upon forming, we, also, discovered that a gigantic petrochemical expansion was being undertaken in our county. The $2.7 billion chemical expansion was the largest in Texas’ history and it was the largest in the United States in ten years. The new PVC (polyvinyl chloride) plant expansion belonged to Formosa Plastics, one of the worst polluters in Taiwan, and it was coming to Texas because its original plan to build in Taiwan had been thrown out because of local farmers concern over Formosa’s continuing and ongoing pollution problems. When the expansion was brought to Texas not a single environmental concern was raised. (Texas Monthly, ‘The Wooing of Chairman Wang,’ 1989)

    CCRW began a deep and thorough research on Formosa Plastics that would last for years, not only on the processes, construction, and possible alternatives to a mammoth PVC facility, but also the dangers inherent in that process, especially to a town that lived across the street from the facility, school yard less than a mile away, and an estuary and bay system (Lavaca-Matagorda Bay) that sustained many fish and marine species and also the livelihoods of thousands of people within the county. Finally our research took us to the bottom basement: enforcement of environmental crimes and how do you safeguard a community and a bay system and a fishery when agencies seemingly turn their head.

    Within the first 7 years, 1989-1995, CCRW published numerous reports on Formosa Plastics, Alcoa, Union Carbide, Dupont, and BP Chemical, which we presented to local, state, national, and international audiences. We filed law suits and petitions, conducted press hearings and demonstrations, requested hearings, got some of them and succeeded in making some changes for the better, and eventually CCRW conducted actions of nonviolent civil disobedience and all of these actions were for the purpose of educating the people of the county on local environmental issues and trying to preserve and protect the community and the natural resources of Calhoun County.

    Between 1994-1996, CCRW was successful in winning zero discharge agreements from both Formosa Plastics and Alcoa Aluminum. The agreement with Formosa Plastics was signed not only by CCRW and Formosa Plastics, but also by the USEPA and the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission. In addition, Seadrift City Council and Calhoun County Commissioners Court signed resolutions supporting zero discharge of local industries wastewater discharges and PACE (alliance of Paperworker and Oil, Chemical and Atomic Workers Unions) signed a resolution supporting zero discharge at their annual national conference in Los Vegas, Nevada.

    In 1996-1998, CCRW signed another agreement with Formosa Plastics for sustainable industry and the standard by which we measured our success was: DO NO HARM

    In 2005, Texas Jail Project became a project of Calhoun County Resource Watch. The Texas Jail Project is dedicated to improving the conditions for approximately 70,000 people incarcerated in Texas jails on any given day.

    In 2009, Texas Injured Workers became a project of Calhoun County Resource Watch. Texas Injured Workers are workers/former workers and their families in the oil, chemical, and atomic industries along the Gulf Coast of Texas who organized to support, educate and provide resources for injured workers so that their immediate and long term needs can be met.

    In 2011, San Antonio Bay Waterkeeper became a project.

  • Year established:1989
  • Endowment:Unknown

Staff

  • Executive / Trustee board size:3
  • Advisory board size:2
  • Staff size:2

Registration

  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:None
  • Tax ID:74-2585960

IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:742585960
  • Organization Name:CALHOUN COUNTY RESOURCE WATCH
  • Sort (Secondary) Name:
  • Care Of Name:% DIANE WILSON
  • Organization Address:600 RAMONA RD
  • Organization City:SEADRIFT
  • Organization State:TX
  • Organization Zip:77983-4203
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):1
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Charitable Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:November, 2011
  • Deductibility Code:1
  • Foundation Code:15
  • Foundation Code Desc.:Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public 170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
  • Activity Code(s):350
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):Preservation of natural resources (conservation)
  • Organization Code:1 (Corporation)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:December, 2016
  • Filing Requirement Category:02 (990 - Required to file Form 990-N - Income less than $25,000 per year)
  • Accounting Period:December
  • NTEE Code:C30
  • Asset Amount:$0
  • Asset Code:
  • Income Amount:$0
  • Income Code:
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$0
  • Last Updated:2/19/2018 9:44:27 pm

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