Houston Environmental News Update August 13, 2013

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Houston Environmental News Update August 13, 2013


CEC NOTES

  1. Contribute to the News!

COALITION NOTES

  1. Is it the End for Deer Park Prairie?
  2. Public Meeting to Discuss Main Street Enhancements
  3. Houston Audubon Bird Survey
  4. Cedar Bayou Watershed Partnership
  5. EaDo Pubcrawl to benefit Air Alliance Houston
  6. Wildlife Workday on the Strand
  7. Jones Park Fabulous Nighttime Flyers: Bats
  8. Armand Bayou Owl Prowl and Night Hike
  9. Bay Area Sierra Club Meeting Date Change
  10. RDA Civic Forums: Environmental Challenges Facing the Houston Region Over the Next 25 Years
  11. Texas Gulf Coast Gardener Classes Return
  12. Explore in a Kayak with Artist Boat
  13. Bayou Greenways Snap and Share
  14. Support CEC Member Groups at OKRA Charity Saloon
  15. Oiled Wildlife Response Training Workshop
  16. GBF Earns Land Trust Accreditation
  17. Apply for Mayor’s Proud partners Award
  18. Applications sought for Annual Parks Awards
  19. Save the Date: Bayou Preservation Association’s 10th Annual Symposium

COMMUNITY NOTES   1.  2013 ArCH Film Festival: Boom and Bust
2. Houston Urban Food Production Conference
3. TCEQ to consider surface water quality standards
4. Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission Annual Public Hearing
5. Workshop on the Ecological Importance of Streamside Areas
6. Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council to Vote on Clean-up Plan
7. TCEQ accepting nominations for 2014 Texas Environmental Excellence Awards
8. SSPEED Center Conference: Hurricane Ike 5 Years Later
9. Urban Photography Contest
10. 2013 National Reuse Contest
11. Field Trip Grants
12. Mesolothemia resources
13. TV: Texas Parks & Wildlife
14. Air Quality Forecast

NEWS HEADLINES

  1. Whooping Crane Case Could Affect State Water Supplies (Neena Satija, The Texas Tribune – KUHF News, 8/11/2013)
  2. High water everywhere: Scientists map the risks of rising seas for Texas (Texas Climate News, 8/6/2013)
  3. Battle looms over expanding shipments of coal in Houston (Matthew Tresaugue – Fuel Fix, 8/5/2013)

GREEN JOBS

1.  NEW! Buffalo Bayou Partnership seeks Park Wide Supervisor
2. NEW! The Woods Project seeks Club Program Instructors
3. NEW! Air Alliance Houston seeks Teaching Artist
4. National Wildlife Federation seeks Regional Development Manager (Austin)
5. Texas Living Waters seeks Attorney (Austin)
6. Harris County Flood Control District seeks Field Technician
7. Recipe for Success seeks Seed-to-Plate Nutrition Educator
8. H-GAC seeks Senior Air Quality Planner
9. H-GAC seeks Air Quality Coordinator
10. Uptown Houston seeks Project Manager for Memorial Park
11. Memorial Park Conservancy seeks Conservation Director

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COALITION NOTES

  1. Is it the End for Deer Park Prairie? Bayou Land Conservancy has been
    working on raising funds to purchase the Deer Park Prairie, a 50-acre
    home to meadowlarks, pocket gophers, and more than 300 species of
    unique plants – tucked between subdivisions and just 3 miles south from
    the Deer Park refineries. BLC received bad news this week: the
    corporate entity most likely to have supported this biodiversity
    initiative is unable to meet the new deadline for the required funds,
    which has now been moved up to Aug.
    20, 2013
    . Local partners including Texas Native Prairie
    Association, Katy Prairie Conservancy, Native Plant Society, and
    Houston Audubon are making huge efforts to save the Deer Park Prairie.
    And finally, while small donations are greatly appreciated, because of
    this incredibly short-fuse final deadline, Bayou Land Conservancy is
    seeking large donations these next few days. If YOU could be a large
    donor, know someone who COULD be a large donor, please call right away
    at 281-576-1634 or email info@bayouland.org. Please watch a 3-minute
    video of the unique nature of this prairie and the educational amenity it could be
    for not just Houstonians but all Texans.  http://www.bayoulandconservancy.org/#!news-and-events/cekb
  2. Public Meeting to Discuss Main Street Enhancements. Learn about
    new projects Tuesday, August 13, 6-8 p.m. The South Main Alliance and
    Main Street Coalition will present a program to discuss the plans for
    pedestrian-friendly improvements in the Museum District and TMC areas.
    Houston City Council Member Wanda Adams and the Museum of Fine Arts,
    Houston, will host the meeting at the museum’s American General
    Conference room. Hermann Park’s Grand Gateway renovation will be one of
    the topics discussed. For more info, visit the Hermann Park
    Conservancy website
    .
  3. Houston Audubon Bird Survey. Baytown Nature
    Center hosts the Houston Audubon Bird Survey on the 3rd Thursday of
    each month led by Stennie Meadours and David Hanson. The next survey
    will take place on August 15, 2013, from 8-9am. All levels welcome. http://www.cechouston.org/
  4. Cedar Bayou Watershed Partnership. Thursday, August 15, 2013
    5:30-7:30 Eddie V. Gray Wetlands Center 1724 Market Street Baytown, TX www.CedarBayouWatershed.com
  5. EaDo Pubcrawl to benefit Air Alliance Houston.
    This year’s pub crawl weekend will be Aug 16/17. Partners this year
    include EaDo Houston – The Art & Soul of the City, Intero Real
    Estate Services Houston, Air Alliance Houston, 8th Wonder Brewery,
    Houston Dynamo. Learn more at www.eadopubcrawl.com.
  6. Wildlife Workday on the Strand. Join Galveston
    Bay Foundation for a “Wildlife Workday” event on August 17, 2013 from
    9am–12pm on The Strand in Galveston, which features GBF’s Storm Drain
    Stewards program! At this event, volunteers will get an introduction to
    water quality and pollution concerns in Galveston Bay, as well as
    things they can do at home to help keep our bay fishable and swimmable.
    Volunteers will spend the rest of the morning installing storm drain
    markers throughout historic Galveston that can help educate others that
    stormwater flows directly to Galveston Bay without being treated. This
    event is free, but you must pre-register with Emily Ford at
    eford@galvbay.org and she will send you the final details. Space is
    limited. http://www.cechouston.org/
  7. Jones Park Fabulous Nighttime Flyers: Bats.
    Jesse H. Jones Park & Nature Center will be holding a free class on
    bats on August 17, 2013, at 10am. The necessary role bats play in the
    balance of life, including mosquito control and pollination, is
    presented for all ages. Learn about the kinds of bats found in Harris
    County, safety concerns, and discover the amazing feats of these
    nighttime sentinels! http://www.cechouston.org/
  8. Armand Bayou Owl Prowl and Night Hike. Join
    Armand Bayou Nature Center on a beautiful walk through the woods to
    look for owls and listen to the fascinating sounds of the night. Don’t
    forget your walking shoes and flashlight! Ages 6 – adult. This event
    takes place every 3rd Saturday of the month. The next Owl Prowl and
    Night Hike will be held on August 17, 2013, from 7-9pm. The cost is
    $8.00. Advanced reservations are required: call 281 474-2551, ext 10. http://www.cechouston.org/
  9. Bay Area Sierra Club Meeting Date Change. This month our meeting date has changed to MONDAY, August 19 (instead of typical 3rd Wednesday night). Our program is a Port of Houston photo essay by Lou Vest, who also happens to be a pilot on the Port. This is not an evironmental program per se, it’s is an
    informative program. Introducing the busiest port in the US 6:30
    social, 7-8:30 pm meeting Location: Bay Area Community Center (blue
    roof) in Clear Lake Park (across street from Clear Lake), 5002 NASA
    Parkway. Driving east on NASA Parkway, two stop lights past the Hilton
    turn left into the park. If you get to Kirby Drive, you have gone too
    far. Contact: Grace Martinez/281-732-1201 gracemartinez7@earthlink.net.
  10. RDA Civic Forums: Environmental Challenges Facing the
    Houston Region Over the Next 25 Years.
    These two forums,
    presented by the Rice Design Alliance, will feature nationally known
    scientists, researchers, and public policy experts who will discuss
    air, water, land, and health issues. 1) Challenges of Climate change on
    August 21, 2013. 2) Challenges of competing land uses, environmental
    justice, and public health on August 28, 2013. Both forums will be held
    at 6:30 in the Brown Audtorium at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.
    Moderated by Thomas Colbert, Associate Professor, Gerald D. Hines
    College of Architecture, University of Houston, and CEC Board Member
    Extraordinaire. More information available at http://ricedesignalliance.org/category/civic-forums.
  11. Texas Gulf Coast Gardener Classes Return. The
    Mercer Arboretum & Botanic Gardens is offering the Texas Gulf Coast
    Gardener classes this fall! Registration is open August 1 – September
    6, 2013. TGCG will give participants the knowledge and skills needed to
    start, develop and maintain their own gardens through a variety of
    gardening and horticulture topics specifically designed for the
    pleasures and challenges of the Texas Gulf Coast climate. The 12-week
    curriculum includes exciting lessons and lectures presented by Mercer
    staff and horticulture/botany experts from the greater-Houston area,
    plus hands-on learning activities. For more information, visit themercersociety.org.
  12. Explore in a Kayak with Artist Boat. Artist Boat
    is establishing a Coastal Heritage Preserve on Galveston Island and is
    looking for people who want to explore by kayak. Public trips are
    available for $10 per person–an incredible value. For a schedule of
    events and to register for a trip, check out the website at www.artistboat.org. School groups are also welcome. Any teacher that schedules an Eco-Art Workshop for
    $150 will be able to have an Eco-Art Kayak Adventure to the Coastal
    Heritage Preserve for $150. The grant to acquire the land (Coastal
    Heritage Preserve) is providing the financial resources to launch three
    years of educational programming from this special place. The grant
    supporting these Eco-Art Adventures is from the Texas General Land
    Office Coastal Impact Assistance Program and includes the conservation
    of 160 acres of coastal barrier island habitat on Galveston Bay. Artist
    Boat is excited to be able to offer this unique opportunity to the
    public and to school groups. For more information about Artist Boat’s
    Eco-Art Adventures at the Coastal Heritage Preserve on Settegast Road,
    please do not hesitate to contact LuAnne Ashley, Education Director of
    Artist Boat, 2415 Avenue K, Galveston, TX, 77550;
    lashley@artistboat.org; www.artistboat.org.
  13. Bayou Greenways Snap and Share. Have you been
    running along Buffalo Bayou? Or maybe enjoying a lazy day picnic in
    Stude Park along White Oak? Either way, Houston Parks Board would like
    to know. HPB is launching a photo review for the month of August to see
    how Houstonians use the bayous. There are two ways to submit your
    photos:
    • Post on the HPB
    Facebook page
    , or
    • Email us at info@houstonparksboard.org
    As HPB works to create nearly 1,500 new acres of greenspace along our
    bayous, it hopes to celebrate all
    those little “parks” moments with you this month.
  14. Support CEC Member Groups at OKRA Charity Saloon.
    Bayou Preservation Association and Houston Habitat for Humanity–both
    CEC member groups–are amoung four charities chosen by OKRA Charity
    Saloon for the month of August. 100% of the bar’s proceeds are donated
    to a different Houston-based organization or social cause each month.
    Bar patrons help determine the recipient of the award. Learn more at http://friedokra.org/charity-bar.html.
  15. Oiled Wildlife Response Training Workshop. The
    Wildlife Center of Texas will be conducting an oiled wildlife response
    training workshop on Friday, August 30, 2013 from 9am-4pm. sponsored by
    the Texas General Land Office Oil Spill Prevention and Response
    Division. The workshop takes place at the Gladys Porter Zoo in
    Brownsville, Texas and will certify and train personnel that are
    interested in assisting The Wildlife Center of Texas Oiled Wildlife
    Response Team during a spill. Lunch will be provided courtesy of CITGO
    Petroleum Corporation. Certification and training are required for
    anyone who may participate in any role during an oiled wildlife
    response. The workshop will cover topics such as the effects of oil on
    wildlife, initial intake and exam of oiled wildlife, an introduction to
    OSHA training, wildlife rehabilitation’s role in the Incident Command
    System and an actual hands on cleaning of oiled feathers in which
    participants will practice by washing an unoiled white duck. More at http://www.cechouston.org/.
  16. GBF Earns Land Trust Accreditation. GBF is thrilled to announce
    that we have been awarded accreditation by the Land Trust Accreditation
    Commission! We now join 230 land trusts in the nation, including seven
    in Texas, who have been accredited since 2008. The accreditation
    recognizes land conservation organizations that meet national standards
    for excellence, uphold the public trust and ensure that conservation
    efforts are permanent. To learn more about what this means for land
    conservation and GBF, read our press release.
    cts.vresp.com/c/?GalvestonBayFoundati/a7e8639182/3cb5c01147/ae252fd416
  17. Apply for Mayor’s Proud partners Award.
    Nominations due by August 19, 2013. More info at www.houstonbeautiful.org.
  18. Applications sought for Annual Parks Awards. H-GAC’s
    The 2013 Parks and Natural Areas Awards application is now
    available online
    . This awards program seeks to recognize best
    practices in parks planning, programming, and policy found in our
    region. The submissions are due Friday, August 30, 2013, at noon.
    Please see the application for details. For more information, contact
    Kelly Porter at 713-993-4529.
  19. Save the Date: Bayou Preservation Association’s 10th
    Annual Symposium. “
    A Decade of Significant Change” Thursday,
    October 3, 2013 from 7:30 am – 4:00 pm at United Way of Greater
    Houston. For more details and to register visit http://www.bayoupreservation.org/symposium

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COMMUNITY NOTES

  1. 2013 ArCH Film Festival: Boom and Bust. BOOM AND
    BUST: Landscapes of Excess and Crisis. Cycles of Boom and Bust are
    certain, and yet whether it’s by forces of economy, policy, environment
    or our own selfishness, we find ourselves surprised, off guard and
    unprepared. Marked by either tidal debris-lines, vacant lots, or
    explosive development these forces are writ-large on our cities, towns
    and villages. This year’s jury-selected film series will illuminate
    cautionary, sometimes humorous, tales of excess and crisis ranging from
    palatial extravagance in Miami to the cavernous vacancy in China. Join
    the festival this year as the Architecture Center Houston explores the
    impact of Boom and Bust cycles on our human habitats. The festival will
    be held August 15-17, 2013. A single day pass is $5 for ArCH members
    and $10 for the general public. A weekend pass is $10 for ArCH members
    and $20 for the general public. https://aiahouston.org/
  2. Houston Urban Food Production Conference. The
    Houston Urban Food Production Conference will be held on August 17,
    2013, at United Way of Great Houston. Some of the educational trainings
    include Organinc Certification, Beekeeping, Poultry Production, Goat
    Production, Integrated Pest Management, Soil Building, Fruit & Nut
    Production, Vegetable Production, Practical Weed Control, Efficient
    Irrigation, and more! Call Diana at 281-855-5614 to register for this
    program and for booth registration. Registration fee $50. More at http://www.cechouston.org/.
  3. TCEQ to consider surface water quality standards. Proposed
    rulemaking: Triennial Revision of 30 TAC Chapter 307, Texas Surface
    Water Quality Standards. The proposed rulemaking would provide a
    periodic public review and revision of the State’s surface water
    quality standards, as provided for in Section 26.023 of the Texas Water
    Code, and as required by Section 303(c) of the Federal Clean Water Act.
    At their August 21 Commissioners Meeting in Austin, the TCEQ will
    consider whether to propose changes to the standards and solicit public
    comment. More information available on the TCEQ website.
  4. Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission Annual Public Hearing. August
    21, 2013 2:00 p.m. Invitation from TPWD Executive Director Carter
    Smith: On behalf of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD), I
    would like to extend an invitation for you to attend the Annual Public
    Hearing of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission. The Commission
    holds this meeting each year to receive input from our partners,
    stakeholders and constituents concerning any issues relating to TPWD
    policies, goals, programs, and responsibilities. The meeting details
    are listed below: • Time: 2:00 p.m. • Date: Wednesday, August 21, 2013
    • Place: Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Commission Hearing Room
    4200 Smith School Road Austin, TX 78744 • Directions and map • For
    Info: TPWD Executive Office, carole.hemby@tpwd.texas.gov, 512-389-4804
    or 512-389-4802
  5. Workshop on the Ecological Importance of Streamside Areas.
    Texans love our many miles of beautiful streams. But how well do we
    really understand the inner workings of creeks and rivers? This
    workshop will help you to appreciate these waterways in a new and
    different way. The main presenter, Steve Nelle, has 37 years of direct
    experience working with Texas landowners and private lands conservation
    as a Range Conservationist and Wildlife Biologist, and he has led
    around 50 workshops of this kind. The workshop will be held from
    noon-4pm on August 27, 2013, at the Brackenridge Park Hafernick Center
    in Edna, TX. There is no cost for the workshop and BBQ lunch, but
    please RSVP to Sylvia Balentine at the Lavaca-Navidad River Authority
    either via e-mail sbalentine@LNRA.org or telephone (361) 782-5229. More
    at http://www.cechouston.org/
  6. Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council to Vote on Clean-up Plan.
    August 28 – 1:00 Hyatt Regency Hotel – 601 Loyola Ave, New Orleans, LA.
    The Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council will meet to vote on the Initial
    Comprehensive Plan: Restoring the
    Gulf Coast’s Ecosystem and Economy (Plan). The public is invited to
    attend. U.S. Secretary of Commerce, and chair of the Council, Penny
    Pritzker, will preside over the meeting. Louisiana Governor Bobby
    Jindal will be in attendance as a Council member and host of the
    meeting. Council representatives from the other Gulf States and
    participating federal agencies will be in attendance. Texas Commission
    on Environmental Quality Commissioner Toby Baker is Governor Rick
    Perry’s designee to the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council, and
    will represent the state at the meeting. Meeting materials, including
    agenda, the Plan, the Response to Public Comments, and a Programmatic
    Environmental Assessment, will be available beginning Aug. 21, 2013 on
    the Council’s website: http://www.restorethegulf.gov/.
  7. TCEQ accepting nominations for 2014 Texas Environmental
    Excellence Awards.
    Deadline for applications Oct. 4, 2013.
    Nominations are now being accepted for the 2014 Texas Environmental Excellence
    Awards, the state’s highest environmental honor. These annual awards
    recognize achievements across Texas that significantly reduce waste,
    conserve natural resources, and prevent pollution. The Texas
    Environmental Excellence Awards are presented annually by the
    governor’s office and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. A
    governor’s blue ribbon committee identifies outstanding contributions
    in nine diverse categories. The public may nominate an individual,
    community, company, or organization for an award. Award categories
    include: Agriculture, Civic/Community, Education, Individual,
    Innovative Operations/Management, Pollution Prevention,
    Technical/Technology, Water Conservation, and Youth. To nominate an
    exemplary environmental effort for the 2014 awards, apply online at www.TEEA.org.
  8. SSPEED Center Conference: Hurricane Ike 5 Years Later.
    At this year’s SSPEED Center conference: “Hurricane Ike: 5 Years
    Later,” top experts in the field will discuss hurricane protection for
    Houston, Hurricane Sandy risk and response, and post Hurricane Katrina
    activities. Keynote speakers include Houston Mayor Annise Parker,
    Chairman Janiece Longoria of the Port of Houston Authority, Bill Read,
    former director of the National Hurricane Center and Professor Ning Lin
    from Princeton University who specializes in climate change and severe
    weather events. The conference will highlight the SSPEED Center’s
    proposed Centennial Gate, designed to protect the Houston Ship Channel.
    This session will include a description of the gate, surge modeling,
    legal issues, finance strategies, land use and ship channel
    environmental risk and tank stability. The conference will address
    emerging federal thinking on non-structural alternatives and the SSPEED
    Center’s formation of the Lone Star Coastal National Recreation Area
    and creation of the ecosystem services exchange. The conference will
    take place from September 24-25, 2013 at the Rice University BioScience
    Research Collaborative (BRC). Register at https://signup.rice.edu/.
  9. Urban Photography Contest. CBRE is accepting
    submissions for its 2013 Urban Photographer of the Year competition
    “Cities at Work.” Deadline is Aug. 31. For more information, visit http://ijnet.org/
    and http://www.cbrephotographer.com/.
  10. 2013 National Reuse Contest. The City of Houston
    Solid Waste Management Department Reuse Warehouse is coordinating
    Houston’s participation in the 2013 National Reuse
    Contest
    , sponsored by The ReUse People (TRP). Projects built
    primarily of used building materials and completed within the past year
    are eligible for submission. Houston entries received by the Saturday,
    August 31, deadline will be judged by Mayor Annise Parker, Jim
    “Mattress Mack” McIngvale and Dan Phillips of the Phoenix Commotion.
    The three winners, announced Monday, September 30, will automatically
    be entered in the national contest. Individuals in the greater Houston
    area interested in competing should email a photo of their project to
    Reuse Warehouse Manager Keith Koski. A complete list of rules,
    participating stores and photos of previous contest winners, is
    available online.
  11. Field Trip Grants. It’s become increasingly
    difficult for schools to fund learning opportunities outside the
    classroom. To help them out, Target launched Field Trip Grants in 2007.
    As part of the program, Target stores award Field Trip Grants to K-12
    schools nationwide. Each grant is valued up to $700. Grant applications
    are accepted between noon CST August 1, 2013 and noon CST September 30,
    2013. More at https://corporate.target.com/.
  12. Mesolothemia resources.
    The Mesothelioma Center at Asbestos.com works to inform the public of
    the dangers of asbestos exposure. Asbestos is a naturally occurring
    mineral that, with prolonged exposure, could cause a number of health
    issues, such as malignant mesothelioma cancer. The Mesothelioma Center
    also offers a number of free services for a patients and families
    affected by asbestos exposure, include a Doctor-Match program and
    Patient Advocates who work 24/7 to answer any inquires and provide
    support. More information at http://www.asbestos.com/mesothelioma.
  13. TV: Texas Parks & Wildlife. Broadcast on
    KUHT Channel 8 at 3:00 PM each Saturday and on cable channels in
    Baytown, Deer Park, Seabrook, and on HCC. More info on the TPWD
    website
    (* indicates a segment about the Houston area).

    • Hogs Wild
    • Wild Game Cooking: Feral Hog Tacos
    • Texas Paddling Trails
    • Outdoor Info: Geocaching State Parks
  14. Air Quality Forecast. http://www.tceq.texas.gov/airquality/monops/forecast_today.html.
    Houston Clean Air Network and Realtime Ozone Mapping: http://houstoncleanairnetwork.com.

    • August 13, 2013: Green–Good. Moderate
      winds and low incoming background levels should help to keep air
      quality in the “Good” range statewide.
    • August 14, 2013: Green–Good. Moderate
      winds and low incoming background levels should help to keep air
      quality in the “Good” range statewide.
    • August 15, 2013: Yellow–Moderate–Ozone.
      If there is enough afternoon sunshine, increasing background levels and
      light winds associated with an advancing cold front will help ozone
      reach “Moderate” on the east and southeast side of the Houston area and
      in the with highest concentrations in the afternoon and early evening.

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ECONOTES Featured News
Articles–For dozens of additional headlines, visit the CEC website.
(You can let us know about articles, too. E-mail news@cechouston.org).

  1. Whooping Crane Case Could Affect State Water Supplies
    (Neena Satija, The Texas Tribune – KUHF News, 8/11/2013)
    As drought conditions and dry forecasts persist across Texas, lawyers
    will argue a case in front of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on
    Thursday that could have major implications for water supplies in the
    state — and for natural resource planning nationally. Known as the
    “whooping crane case,” the lawsuit pits environmental and endangered
    species advocates against state and local officials across the country.
    State agencies worry it could end up making them responsible for
    protecting federally designated endangered species. http://app1.kuhf.org/
  2. High water everywhere: Scientists map the risks of rising
    seas for Texas
    (Texas Climate News, 8/6/2013)
    Texas faces a challenging future as human-caused climate change brings
    what scientists project will be escalating rates of sea-level rise. A
    couple of recently published, nationwide studies provide graphic
    portrayals of the threats that sea-level rise poses to populated areas
    in Texas and other states. Looking ahead, more in-depth mapping and
    evaluation of how rising seas could affect Houston and nearby areas on
    the upper Texas coast, plus “tools to address this critical issue,”
    will be forthcoming from a recently announced project being launched by
    researchers at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. http://texasclimatenews.org/
  3. Battle looms over expanding shipments of coal in Houston
    (Matthew Tresaugue – Fuel Fix, 8/5/2013)
    The expansion of a terminal along the heavily industrialized Houston
    Ship Channel normally receives little attention. But Kinder Morgan
    Energy Partners’ plans to refurbish two docks have opened a new front
    in the fight over coal. Environmentalists are mounting a campaign to
    stop the projects and a dozen other proposed shipping terminals along
    the Gulf Coast because the docks, if built to capacity, could export as
    much as 200 million tons of coal per year from Appalachia and the
    Rockies to Asia and Europe. http://fuelfix.com/
  4. Scoop.it Page. The CEC is now maintaining a page
    on Scoop.it. Check it out! http://www.scoop.it/t/citizens-environmental-coalition-houston

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GREEN JOBS Tell them you
heard about it from us! Job listings can be found at CEC’s Green Jobs page.New

  1. NEW! Buffalo Bayou Partnership seeks Park Wide Supervisor. Buffalo Bayou Partnership (BBP) is
    overseeing major enhancement of Buffalo Bayou Park – Shepherd to
    Sabine, a 2.3 mile long, 160-acre City Park west of downtown Houston.
    The organization is seeking a Park Wide Supervisor for Shepherd to
    Sabine. Some of the essential functions include: Examine new or
    existing landscape sites and irrigation systems, examine repairs or
    modifications to ensure trades work and materials conform to prescribed
    quality and standards; Obtain evidence of failure to comply by
    sketching or photographing locations and features of deviations; Check
    irrigation system components including, but not limited to, water
    distribution lines, sprinkler heads, valves, pumps, nozzles and
    backflows devices for defects; Oversee the supervision of personnel,
    which includes work allocation, training, and problem resolution:
    evaluates performance and makes recommendations for personnel actions;
    motivates employees to achieve peak productivity and performance;
    Oversee turf and irrigation management activities in compliance with
    park standards; Oversee and coordinate tree care program, including all
    pruning, plant diagnosis, tree removal, and replacement, tree repairs,
    and tree hazard evaluations; and more. If interested, please send Cover
    Letter and Resume to: jobs@buffalobayou.org or Mr. Gregg Burks, BBP –
    S2S Park Director / 1113 Vine Street, Suite 200 / Houston, TX 77002. No
    phone calls please.
  2. NEW! The Woods Project seeks
    Club Program Instructors.
    The Woods Project is seeking
    part-time (approximately 6 hrs/wk) Club Program Instructors to teach
    one or more of our weekly afterschool club programs for the 2013 – 2014
    school year. The right candidate will be an outdoorsperson with
    experience working with high school youth, preferably some experience
    with low income youth. Some additional requirements are flexible weekly
    schedule, access to personal transportation, must be comfortable with
    camping/backpacking gear, enjoy being in a mentor/leadership role.
    Duties will include travelling to schools to teach an hour club,
    working with existing curriculum as well as developing new
    research-based lessons. Instructors must commit to the 2013-2014 school
    year, attend one fall and spring semester camping trip, and are highly
    encouraged to participate in the 2014 summer trip to places in Northern
    California or Montana. Ability to work independently and with
    confidence is a requirement of the job, as is the ability to
    communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing. For more
    information about The Woods Project and the Club Program Instructor
    position, please visit www.thewoodsproject.org.
    Interested candidates should contact Brittany White, Director of
    Programs, at brittany@thewoodsproject.org.
  3. NEW! Air Alliance Houston seeks
    Teaching Artist.
    Air Alliance Houston is the Houston region’s
    leading environmental health and air quality nonprofit. Their mission
    is to reduce air pollution in the Houston region and to protect public
    health and environmental integrity through research, education and
    advocacy. They are seeking a motivated individual to teach “Ozone
    Theater,” award winning, cross-collaborative lesson plans to k-8th
    graders in the Houston region. The Teaching Artist will work
    independently and in conjunction with the Education department on
    ongoing programs and new initiatives. This position will encompass a
    broad range of skills, including instruction on public health and
    quality of life, elementary to middle school education, data recording,
    paper work, and organizing. An ideal candidate will have a record of
    success working within the education field. Experience in all of these
    fields is not required, but intellectual and professional flexibility
    between fields and disciplines. Applications will be considered until
    the position is filled. Interested applicants should send complete
    resume and cover letter to hiring@airalliancehouston.org.
  4. National Wildlife Federation seeks Regional Development
    Manager (Austin).
    NWF is currently seeking a Regional Development
    Manager to primarily be responsible for the National Wildlife
    Federation’s philanthropic efforts in the South Central Region. The RDM
    has three primary functions: 1) to support and advance fundraising
    activities within the Region; 2) to keep abreast of and communicate
    both internally and externally the programmatic needs and
    accomplishments of the Region as they relate to broader cultivation and
    fundraising strategies; 3) to secure appropriate support from and
    collaboration with the Philanthropy Department to ensure that regional
    fundraising goals are met. Learn more and apply at www.nwf.org.
  5. Texas Living Waters seeks Attorney (Austin). The
    Texas Living Waters Project is a joint effort of the Lone Star Chapter
    of the Sierra Club and National Wildlife Federation as well as regional
    partner, Galveston Bay Foundation. Texas Living Waters is hiring an
    Attorney responsible for developing, recommending, and prosecuting
    environmental litigation (primarily in the form of participating in
    administrative proceedings related to water rights applications);
    developing and advancing changes in legal policy through regulatory and
    legislative venues; and assisting and coordinating with NWF Water
    Project staff and Texas Living Waters Project partners to improve water
    policy and management in Texas. The attorney will be responsible for
    identifying and implementing a wide range of legal and policy tools,
    including, but not limited to, state laws relating to management of
    surface water and groundwater and federal laws, such as the National
    Environmental Policy Act, the Endangered Species Act, the Fish and
    Wildlife Coordination Act, and the Clean Water Act. The position is
    responsible for reviewing, analyzing, and recommending revisions to
    existing and proposed regulations and legislation; providing legal
    assistance to NWF affiliates and like-minded organizations; traveling
    and making presentations in support of litigation and policy
    activities. If interested please apply on line: www.nwf.org.
  6. Harris County Flood Control
    District seeks Field Technician.
    Responsible for assisting the
    Storm Water Quality Department Manager in managing and monitoring
    environmental projects for the Storm Water Quality Department of
    Environmental Services Division to protect and enhance surfacewater
    quality in support of the District’s mission.  Learn about the HCFCD
    job here
    .
  7. Recipe for Success seeks Seed-to-Plate Nutrition Educator.
    Train then Teach Children’s Nutrition Education for
    award-winning non-profit. Paid training involves web-based coursework
    and on the job training in classroom. Certified Instructors teach after
    school cooking and gardening classes and mentor wellness programs in
    elementary schools. Experience: minimum 1 year culinary experience;
    organic gardening skills & early childhood education a plus.
    Education: BA or equivalent experience. P/T. Start at $15/hour. Email
    cover letter of interest and resume to molly@recipe4success.org. http://recipe4success.org/
  8. H-GAC seeks Senior Air Quality Planner. The Senior Planner
    will serve as a primary staff for Transportation Air Quality
    Implementation Programs which may include Clean Air Action, Clean
    Vehicle and/or Commute Solutions activities.  Coordinates and
    supports the efforts of local, state and federal agencies in complying
    with the various federal and state alternative fuel mandates and
    trading regulations.  This position will support regional efforts
    to meet attainment of federal air quality standards by assisting in
    creatively analyzing and promoting transportation-related air quality
    programs and investigating other potential measures to help reduce
    ground level ozone. More at www.h-gac.com/careers.
  9. H-GAC seeks Air Quality Coordinator.  Provides
    day-to-day oversight of the Clean Vehicles grant program and support to
    related programs including the region’s Clean Cities Coalition and
    H-GAC’s Drayage Loan Program. Supervises both technical and
    administrative aspects of the program, coordinates program staff, and
    tracks/analyzes metrics to ensure overall objectives are
    achieved.  Reports to the Air Quality Program Manager,
    Transportation Department. More at www.h-gac.com/careers.
  10. Uptown Houston seeks Project Manager for Memorial Park.
    Uptown Houston, through its tax reinvestment zone (TIRZ), recently
    incorporated Memorial Park into its service area. Memorial Park is
    among the largest urban parks in the U.S., and is Houston’s largest
    inner city park covering almost 1,500 acres. The Memorial Park Project
    – a twenty-year, $100 million park improvement program – is just now
    being launched as part of Houston Parks And Recreation Department’s,
    Memorial Park Conservancy’s and Uptown Houston’s partnership to make
    vital improvements in Memorial Park. Specifics of the Project will be
    determined by the proposed master plan for Memorial Park, which will be
    developed in 2013 – 2014. Responsibilities of the Project Manager for
    Memorial Park include: to serve as the Project Manager for the master
    plan and park improvement projects; to manage the execution of the
    master plan in accordance with its phased construction; To manage
    day-to-day operational aspects of the planning and construction stages;
    to manage the procurement of consultants and advisers throughout the
    planning and construction stages; to identify resources needed and
    assign responsibilities; and more. To apply, send responses to 1980
    Post Oak Boulevard, Suite 1580, Houston, Texas 77056; Attention: Betsy
    Kirkgard bkirkgard@uptown-houston.com. Include your resume, cover
    letter, and minimum of 2 references.
  11. Memorial Park Conservancy seeks Conservation Director. The
    Conservation Director of Memorial Park Conservancy (MPC) is primarily
    responsible for restoration and enhancement of Memorial Park’s natural
    environment through the use of trees and plants that are native to the
    area. Duties and responsibilities include: developing and maintaining
    inventory of park forest that identifies trees by species, area of the
    park and estimated age; planning and implementing plantings and
    irrigation within the maintained areas of the Park; planning and
    implementing reforestation where appropriate; working with Houston
    Parks and Recreation (HPARD), technical experts and consultants to
    study Memorial Park’s ecology and identify today’s and future
    requirements and constraints to restore the park’s natural ecology
    within the context of the long-range Master Planning process;
    implementing ecosystem management regimes contained in the approved
    Master Plan; and more. If interested, email cover letter, resume,
    references and compensation requirements to: Shellye Arnold, Executive
    Director, Memorial Park Conservancy at
    sarnold@memorialparkconservancy.org.

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LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

Texas Capitol StarCEC is sharing information during the
session about what bills our member groups and readers are tracking.
More information is available at www.cechouston.org/category/texas-legislature/.
The last day of the regular session was Monday, May 27, 2013, followed
by a special session for redistricting. On June 12, 2013, the Governor
called for additional legislation to be considered during the special
session. Learn more at www.legis.state.tx.us.

CEC will provide additional updates from our member groups soon.

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UPCOMING EVENTS If
you attend one of these events, please let them know you heard about it
here! Visit the calendar at www.cechouston.org.

Due to technical difficulties, the
following events do not contain hyperlinks. Additional information
about the events can be found at
www.cechouston.org.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

  • 3:30 pm Rice University Farmers Market @ Rice University South
    Stadium Lot
  • 6:00 pm Baytown Fit Kids @ Baytown Community Center
  • 6:00 pm Chimney Swift Counts @ Pershing Middle School
  • 6:00 pm Gulf Council Public Hearings on Amendments 19 & 20 to
    the Coastal Migratory Pelagics Fishery Management Plan @ Hampton Inn
    & Suites
  • 6:30 pm Toad Tuesdays @ Spring Creek Greenway Nature Center

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

  • 6:00 am Eco-Ology Radio Program on KPFT @ 90.1 FM KPFT Houston,TX
  • 8:30 am Weekly Bird Walk @ Kleb Woods Nature Center
  • 9:00 am Wetland Restoration @ Sheldon Lake State Park
  • 10:00 am Gator Tales @ Eddie V. Gray Wetlands Education Center
  • 10:30 am Aquarium Fish Feeding @ Sea Center Texas
  • 11:00 am Urban Harvest Farmers Market @ City Hall
  • 11:30 am Houston Food Policy Workgroup @ Upper Kirby Building
  • 12:00 pm Lunch Bunch at Mercer Arboretum @ Mercer Arboretum
  • 4:00 pm Nature Story Time @ Nature Discovery Center
  • 7:00 pm Engineers Without Borders monthly meeting @ Rice
    University Mechanical Lab, Room 253 or 254

Thursday, August 15, 2013

  • 8:00 am Houston Audubon Bird Survey @ Baytown Nature Center
  • 8:00 am KPC Field Day @ Indiangrass Preserve’s Coastal Prairie
    Native Seed Nursery
  • 9:00 am Bolivar Horseshoe Marsh Work Day
  • 9:30 am H-GAC Pedestrian and Bicycle Subcommittee @
    Houston-Galveston Area Council
  • 10:30 am West Reach Committee Mtg – – Thursday, August 15th, 2013
    – 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
  • 11:20 am TAEP Luncheon @ Brady’s Landing Restaurant
  • 3:00 pm Kingwood Farmers Market @ Town Center Park
  • 5:30 pm Cedar Bayou Watershed Partnership Public Meeting @ Eddie
    V. Gray Wetlands Center
  • 6:00 pm Baytown Fit Kids @ Baytown Community Center
  • 7:00 pm 2013 ArCH Film Festival: Boom and Bust @ ArCH
  • 7:00 pm Native Plant Society Monthly Meeting @ Houston Arboretum
    and Nature Center

Friday, August 16, 2013

  • 9:30 am Mommy & Me Outdoor Experiences @ Armand Bayou Nature
    Center
  • 10:00 am Morning Bird Watching Hike @ Brazos Bend State Park
  • 10:30 am Aquarium Fish Feeding @ Sea Center Texas
  • 5:00 pm Bat Presentations @ Waugh Street Bridge
  • 7:00 pm 2013 ArCH Film Festival: Boom and Bust @ ArCH
  • EaDo Pub Crawl & A Full Day Dynamo Package benefitting Air
    Alliance Houston

Saturday, August 17, 2013

  • all-day Houston Urban Food Production Conference @ United Way
  • 7:30 am Sierra Walkers @ Nassau Bay Post Office
  • 8:00 am Grogan’s Mill Farmer’s Market
  • 8:00 am Guided Nature Tour and Free Family Fishing @ Sheldon Lake
    State Park and Environmental Learning Center
  • 8:00 am Houston Audubon Field Trip
  • 8:00 am Lake Jackson Bird Banding @ Gulf Coast Bird Observatory
  • 8:00 am Pontoon Boat Cruises @ Armand Bayou Nature Center
  • 8:00 am Urban Harvest Farmers Market @ Eastside
  • 8:00 am Willow Waterhole Bird Count @ Willow Waterhole Greenspace
    Reserve
  • 9:00 am Katy Farmers Market @ La Centerra
  • 9:00 am KPC Field Day @ Indiangrass Preserve’s Coastal Prairie
    Native Seed Nursery
  • 9:00 am Sugar Land Farmers Market @ Imperial Sugar Land
  • 9:00 am Urban Harvest Class – Starting a Community/School Garden:
    Garden Design, Fruits & Vegetables #2 @ Green Planet Sanctuary
  • 9:00 am Wildlife Workday on the Strand @ The Strand in Galveston
  • 10:00 am BTA Neches River Adventures @ Riverfront Park
  • 10:00 am Guided Trail Hike @ Armand Bayou Nature Center
  • 10:00 am Jones Park Fabulous Nighttime Flyers: Bats @ Jesse H.
    Jones Park & Nature Center
  • 3:00 pm Texas Parks and Wildlife on PBS
  • 5:00 pm Texas Master Naturalist Fall 2013 Training Session Begins!
  • 7:00 pm 2013 ArCH Film Festival: Boom and Bust @ ArCH
  • 7:00 pm Armand Bayou Owl Prowl and Night Hike @ Armand Bayou
    Nature Center

Sunday, August 18, 2013

  • 8:00 am Guided Nature Tour and Free Family Fishing @ Sheldon Lake
    State Park and Environmental Learning Center
  • 8:00 am Sunday Bicycling @ Jesse H. Jones Park
  • 1:00 pm Sundays in Nature @ Armand Bayou Nature Center
  • 2:00 pm Invasives Beware @ Jesse H. Jones Park

Monday, August 19, 2013

  • 8:00 am Monday Morning Birding @ Jesse H. Jones Park
  • 10:30 am Story Time in the Garden @ Mercer Arboretum
  • 6:30 pm Galveston Bay Area Sierra Club Meeting @ Bay Area
    Community Center (blue roof) in Clear Lake Park (across street from
    Clear Lake)

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

  • 4:30 am East Reach Committee Mtg – – Tuesday, August 20th, 2013 –
    9:30 am – 11:00 am
  • 8:00 am Prairie Restoration @ Sheldon Lake Sate Park &
    Environmental Learning Center
  • 9:00 am Breaking Ground on Grand Gateway Renovation Project @
    Near the Sam Houston Monument at the entrance to Hermann Park
  • 3:30 pm Rice University Farmers Market @ Rice University South
    Stadium Lot
  • 6:00 pm Baytown Fit Kids @ Baytown Community Center
  • 6:00 pm Chimney Swift Counts @ Pershing Middle School

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a 501(c)3 in 1971. CEC is a coalition of over 100 environmental
organizations dedicated to fostering dialogue, education, and
collaboration on environmental issues in the Houston / Gulf Coast
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