Texas House of Representatives Committee on Natural Resources Meetings

The Texas House of Representatives Committee on Natural Resources met at 10:00 AM, Tuesday, October 16, 2018 in order to hear invited and public testimony on multiple interim charges. These charges include an examination of Texas water markets, the implications of a broad-based information campaign regarding water issues in Texas, analysis of the Water Availability Models for river basins in the state, and the oversight of relevant agencies and programs responsible for the implementation of legislation passed by the 85th Texas Legislature. The House Committee on Natural Resources previously held meetings regarding the status of groundwater policy in Texas as well as hazards presented by abandoned and deteriorated groundwater wells and September 27, 2018 regarding water development opportunities involving neighboring states and Mexico as well as the status of groundwater policy in Texas. Continue reading

Houston Environmental News Update October 17, 2018

We’re gearing up for tonight’s “Wild About Houston: A Green Film Festival”, part of the Houston Green Film Series, so this week’s newsletter is going out a bit early. The event showcases local, short films telling environmental stories.
Please join us and our partnering organizations at the Rice Media Center at 6:30 p.m. for conversation, networking, and a light meal, followed by the screening at 7 p.m. The event is free to the public, though donations are kindly appreciated. For more information, see the Facebook event. Sign up for information about other green film news at constantcontact.com.
Also, please don’t forget that early voting for the November 6 elections begins this coming Monday, October 22 and runs through November 2. Information on how and where to vote can be found at VoteTexas.gov website operated by the Texas Secretary of State. Don’t forget to read the Voters Guide from the League of Women Voters of Houston Education Fund!
Scroll down to read notes from our member organizations and the community, or view the emailed version of the newsletter, which includes a green job listing.

CEC NOTES

Repair Café Houston
Please consider joining CEC and our partners Transition Houston, the City of Houston Green Building Resource Center, the Houston Peace & Justice Center, Texas Campaign for the Environment, Houston Complete Communities, and TX/RX Labs for the fall Repair Café Houston on October 27, 2018! A Repair Café celebrates fixing through a fun, collaborative, hands-on community event. People bring their broken items for assessment, disassembly and repair. Bring your toolkit and join us to have fun and learn while helping others troubleshoot and fix their broken stuff! Volunteers assess, take apart, and hopefully – REPAIR. For more information and to register, visit eventbrite.com.


Tales of Houston Women: Houston Women in the Environment
Bayou Preservation AssociationCitizens’ Environmental CoalitionHouston AudubonMemorial Park ConservancyKaty Prairie Conservancy, and UH Libraries are supporting Tales of Houston Women, the Houston History Alliance’s two-month retrospective and celebration displaying the many ways Houston’s women have, are, and will put their mark on local, national and global history. Twenty-one organizations have planned coordinating events, including four events of events themed “Houston Women in the Environment,” on October 27 and 28 and November 3 and 5, 2018. Learn more at https://houston-women-in-the-environment.eventbrite.com.

Save the Date: EEE on Nov. 7
The next quarterly meeting of the Environmental Educators Exchange will be on Wednesday, November 7, 2018, at 4:30 PM at the Houston Arboretum. More details coming soon. Sign up for EEE-mails at constantcontact.com.

COALITION & COMMUNITY NOTES

Houston City Council Agenda – October 17, 2018

The City will consider the following agenda items at the Houston City Council meeting scheduled for Wednesday, October 17, 2018, in the City Hall Chamber at 9:00 AM. The agenda items include multiple ordinances seeking approval of construction contracts for various water purification plant improvements as well as drainage improvement projects. The remainder of the agenda items concern the addition of land to multiple Municipal Utility Districts for inclusion in their districts.

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