The Galveston Baykeeper (GBK) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization working to ensure that every waterway is swimmable, fishable, and drinkable. GBK’s mission is to ensure the aquatic integrity of the Lower Galveston BayWaterkeeper Job Description watershed by focusing on the protection of wetlands and other critical habitats, advocating for adequate mitigation of lost wetland resources, and enforcing all aspects of compliance with the Clean Water Act. Since its inception, GBK has been board and volunteer driven. This Waterkeeper position will be its first full-time hire, and as such, requires a person willing to wear many hats and fundraise to continue to grow the organization. The Waterkeeper is a member of the Senior Management Team and will report directly to the Board. While the responsibilities are varied, it is envisioned that this person will work with the Board to develop a strategic plan that can be implemented by only one person, with the continued engagement by the Board and volunteers. The Board is committed to also hiring an executive director within a three-year time frame. For more details, please review this posting [link here]. The position is grant dependent and salary is based on experience. If you are serious about clean water, please send a resume and introductory letter explaining your interest to email@example.com Emails with questions are welcome, but no phone calls please. Waterkeeper Job Description (PDF).
- Threats to prairie show tension between growth, flood protection (Mike Snyder – Houston Chronicle, 5/16/2016)
“Imagine a sponge. Now imagine that you had access to something that would make this sponge – an inherently absorbent object – many times more absorbent. Something that supercharged its capacity to soak up and hold liquid. That’s a fair description of the grass that grows on the Katy Prairie, which straddles the border of Harris and Waller counties. A 2015 study for the Harris County Flood Control District found evidence that the prairie’s native vegetation increased the ‘infiltrative capacity of soil.’ In other words, the grass makes the prairie a better sponge.”
- Houston’s Energy Corridor Works To Promote Bike Commuting (Gail Delaughter – Houston Public Media, 5/16/2016)
“With all the cars and congestion along the roads that cross I-10, the Energy Corridor may not seem like a friendly place to ride a bike. But a lot of people do it. About 100,000 people work in the area. Energy Corridor Transportation Coordinator Kelly Rector estimates about 2 percent cycle to work. ‘We have all the trails along Bush Park, as well as Terry Hershey Park, so that you can come from the other side of the reservoir all the way to the BP campus at Westlake and never have to share the road with a car,’ explains Rector. ‘You’re on a trail the entire way.’ But what if you have to ride a bike on one of the busy arteries like Highway 6 or Eldridge Parkway?”
- Bacteria levels too high in San Jacinto River (Natasha Rodrigues – The Tribune, 5/16/2016)
“The West Fork San Jacinto River and its tributary, Lake Creek, in Montgomery and Grimes counties, has been identified by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) as failing to meet state water quality standards due to elevated levels of bacteria. West Fork Watersheds Partnership held its first public meeting May 5 at the San Jacinto River Authority in Conroe, in an effort to improve West Fork San Jacinto River and Lake Creek’s water quality. A Watershed Protection Plan was introduced by the Houston-Galveston Area Council’s (H-GAC) Justin Bower, senior environmental planner and project manager. ”
GBF’s Water Quality Outreach Coordinator is in charge of coordinating and executing multiple programs that aim to improve water quality in Galveston Bay and protect the Bay’s environmental, public and economic health. This position serves to directly engage citizens in taking action for environmental improvements to the Bay, and is responsible for developing unique ways to communicate this information through outreach and marketing materials, social media and web content, as well as delivering workshops and presentations to diverse audiences. The position requires someone who can manage multiple projects independently, enjoys working with and presenting to diverse audiences and volunteers, has a dynamic personality, and thrives on team collaboration. For the full job description, including duties and qualifications, please visit http://galvbay.org/about/