Environmental Headlines for the Houston Region: February 7, 2015


  1. What Happened To Houston’s ‘One Bin For All’ Program? (Michael Hagerty – Houston Matters)
    “The One Bin For All recycling campaign seems to have stalled. The Parker administration issued a report in late December indicating no company has been found to handle sorting; the Turner administration does not appear to be focused on it. If the One Bin For All program seems destined to be shelved, what would be a better approach to recycling in Greater Houston? Maggie Martin talks with News 88.7’s Florian Martin about where the city’s recycling program stands now. ”
  2. Dates for Annual Crab Trap Removal Set (Texas Parks & Wildlife, 2/1/2016)
    “For more than a decade, countless volunteers have spent 10 days each February searching Texas bays for abandoned crab traps left to foul shrimpers’ nets, snag anglers’ lines and create unsightly views. This year, volunteers will clean up the crab traps from Feb. 19 to 28. During this 10-day period, coastal waters will be closed to crabbing with wire mesh crab traps. All other legal means of crabbing will not be affected. Any traps left in bays, including traps tied to docks, during the closure period will be assumed abandoned and considered “litter” under state law. This allows volunteers to legally remove any crab traps they find. To date, volunteers have hauled off more than 31,000 of these derelict traps.”
  3. San Jacinto Marsh Restoration Enters New Phase (Texas Parks & Wildlife, 2/3/2016)
    “The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is starting the next phase in an ongoing effort to restore the San Jacinto Battleground to its appearance in 1836. The restoration efforts, which date back to 1994, include reseeding prairie areas as well as marsh restorations on more than 120 acres so far. The impending phase of the restoration will recreate approximately 101 acres of marsh in an area known as Santa Anna Bayou and a portion of Boggy Bayou, a tributary of Santa Anna Bayou. This area of the battleground has subsided about 10 feet in past decades, creating an open water lake that has replaced the bayou and adjacent marsh existing at the time of the battle.”


  • 5 February
  • 4 February
    • Once Largely Ignored, Oil And Gas ‘Gathering’ Pipelines Become A Concern In Texas
    • EPA Investigation Finds Loveland Products Violated Permit Discharge Limits to Brawner Creek (Newsroom America)
    • Texas A&M Chemist Matthew Sheldon Receives Prestigious Air Force Young Investigator Award (A&M Science)
  • 3 February
    • San Jacinto Marsh Restoration Enters New Phase (Texas Parks & Wildlife)
    • Photos: Big Bend Park Wildfire Grew To 1,000 Acres Tuesday (Travis Bubenik)
    • Oncor: Hunt’s Possible Merger Could Boost Rates (Jim Malewitz – The Texas Tribune)
    • Milking it: critics take aim at new environmental guidelines for dairy industry (Sarah Shemkus – The Guardian)
  • 2 February
    • With water issues on tap, House committee looks at statewide solutions (Asher Price – Austin American Statesman)
    • Top Officials and Experts to Speak at Houston Air Quality Conference (Texas Environmental News)
    • TPWD Proposing Changes to Bass and Catfish Fishing Regulations; Drum and Amberjack Size Limits (Texas Parks & Wildlife)
    • Forest Service Crowns Big Tree Champions In Big Bend Ranch State Park (Texas A&M Today)
  • 1 February
    • Complaint Filed Over Alleged ‘Fake Profits’ In Texas Electricity Market (Dave Fehling – Houston Public Media)
    • Dates for Annual Crab Trap Removal Set (Texas Parks & Wildlife)
    • Fitch: Texas Drought Leaves a Lasting Impact on Water/Sewer Utilities (Business Wire)
    • Three things to know about parking in The Woodlands (Matthew Tresaugue – Houston Chronicle)
    • EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy to Deliver Remarks at IHS CERAWeek 2016 (Financial Content)
    • Can Extreme Exercise Hurt Your Heart? Swim The Pacific To Find Out (Laura Silverman – 88.5 WFDD)
  • 28 January
    • EPA Releases Scientific Report Showing U.S. Coastal Waters a Mix of Good and Fair Health/Contaminants Post Threat to Fish, Birds, and Wildlife in Most Coastal Waters (EPA News)
  • 26 January
    • What Happened To Houston’s ‘One Bin For All’ Program? (Michael Hagerty – Houston Matters)