Houston Environmental News Update November 15, 2017

UN Water’s World Toilet Day is coming up on Sunday. How is this relevant to Houston, you ask? We are among the 39% of the global population (2.9 billion people) that have access to a safely-managed sanitation service. “Even in wealthy countries,” according to the UN, “treatment of wastewater can be far from perfect, leading to rivers and coastlines that cannot be safely fished in or enjoyed.” Unfortunately, many waterways in the Houston region don’t meet the standard for fishing or swimming.
H-GAC’s Water Resources Program is a great place to start if you are curious about which waterways in the region do not meet state standards. You can find maps of sampling locations and contaminated waterways, as well as planning efforts to address poor water quality.
One of the most widespread water quality issues in the region is bacterial contamination, which may cause gastrointestinal illnesses or skin infections in swimmers or others who come into direct contact with the water. While domestic and wild animals contribute to elevated levels of bacteria, human activities, especially those related to toilets, are of particular interest. If you want to learn more about bacterial contamination, visit H-GAC.com/BIG to learn more. If you dig deep, you will learn that bacteria levels have been going down, substantially, over the past several years (download the draft report–PDF).
Many sewage problems come from our toilets and homes. Learn how putting grease down the drain and wipes down the pipes can cause problems:
Next week, we’ll talk about turkeys and other birds.
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Houston Environmental News Update November 8, 2017

We recognize that not everyone reading the newsletter lives in Houston, in a single family residence that has solid waste collection from the City, so here are a few resources that might be of interest:

And since we’re talking about recycling… If you are interested in helping to develop the zero waste plan for Earth Day Houston, please email marina@cechouston.org to be added to the planning group.

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Houston Environmental News Update November 1, 2017

We’ve been a little busier than usual the past week: this is prime time for outdoor and environmental events and…. Well, do we even have to mention the other focus of our attention? Yahoo!

The photo above is from the Spring Creek Greenway. Did you know you can bike or hike along the trail from I-45 to Highway 59? On the trip, you can see the work of Harris County Pct. 4’s Jesse Jones Park and the Bayou Land Conservancy, among many other partners.

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