Environmental Headlines for the Houston Region: September 23, 2014

Featured

  1. City to reach all homes with curbside recycling (Katherine Driessen and Mike Morris – Houston Chronicle, 9/15/2014)
    All Houston residents who get city trash service will be able to roll their recyclables to the curb in 96-gallon green carts by the start of 2015, a milestone that has been years in the making as the city slowly expanded the program, frustrating neighborhoods that sought to be included. City Council on Wednesday will be asked to approve the purchase of 95,000 recycling bins to cover the 90,000 homes, or about one-quarter of Houston residences, that are without any form of curbside recycling.
    www.houstonchronicle.com
  2. Houston’s top gardener hangs up her trowel after 28 years (Kathy Huber – Houston Chronicle, 9/15/2014)
    Horticulturist Dee Howell has recently retired. “She’s done more with less than almost anyone,” said parks department director Joe Turner. “Her knowledge is phenomenal, and I’m going to miss her. She puts the icing on city landscapes.” With an annual budget of only $56,000 for materials, Howell, 61, and her staff of six whip up 100,000 bedding plants each year in the big glass house. They sow seeds, root cuttings and schedule flats of plants they’ve grown for delivery to Memorial Park Golf Course, Mecom Fountain, Houston City Hall, Hermann Park and other city green spaces.
    www.houstonchronicle.com
  3. The San Jacinto River in Peril: Part Three – A Conspiracy of Silence (Nick Anderson – Houston Chronicle, 9/14/2014)
    Chronicle cartoonist Nick Anderson spent months researching the San Jacinto River wast pits and how they affect the residents of the immediate area and the entire Houston community. The result is equal parts editorial cartoon, investigative journalism and graphic narrative. This cartoon brings a close look at the lawsuit Harris County filed against the Potentially Responsible Parties.
    http://blog.chron.com

EcoNotes

  • 19 September
    • It Will Take an Insane Amount of Rain Before the Highland Lakes Recover (Terrence Henry – StateImpact)
      http://stateimpact.npr.org
    • What Can Texas Do About Roads Damaged by Drilling? (Kyle Ver – StateImpact)
      http://stateimpact.npr.org
    • Editorial: Support carbon pollution limits for power plants (Scoop San Diego)
      http://scoopsandiego.com
    • An Extreme Congressional Attack on Americans’ Right to Breathe Healthy Air (Center for Effective Government)
      www.foreffectivegov.org
    • Texas Instruments a Top Socially Responsible Dividend Stock With 2.8% Yield (TXN) (Forbes)
      www.forbes.com
  • 18 September
    • Redoing Memorial Park: New $100 million plan to change Houston’s most important green space forever (Barbara Kuntz – CultureMap Houston)
      http://houston.culturemap.com
    • Despite Some Rain, Drought Still Grips Texas Towns (Mose Buchele – StateImpact)
      http://stateimpact.npr.org
    • Environmental groups demand new methane regulations (Jennifer A. Dlouhy, Washington Bureau – Express News)
      www.expressnews.com
    • Nanomaterials for Environmental Protection (Nanomaterials for Environmental Protection)
      www.nanowerk.com
    • Proposed Memorial Dr. Tunnels Would Allow Grassy Hookup for North and South Sections of Memorial Park (SwamPlot)
      http://swamplot.com
    • Chevron first energy giant to meet new sustainable shale standards (Fuel Fix)
      http://fuelfix.com
    • Fort Bend wins big at H-GAC Clean Air awards (Alex Endress – Your Fort Bend News)
    • Metro still tweaking its reimagined bus plan (Charles Kuffner – Off the Kuff)
      http://offthekuff.com
    • Hummingbird wars (The Baytown Sun)
      http://baytownsun.com
  • 17 September
    • Automated Curbside Recycling To Be Expanded To All Houston Homes (Florian Martin – Houston Public Media)
      www.houstonpublicmedia.org
    • Memorial Park proposal bridges history and ecology (Molly Glentzer – Houston Chronicle)
      www.houstonchronicle.com
    • Monarch Butterfly EGGstravaganza on the Llano River as Migration Heads South (Monika Maeckle – My SA News)
      http://blog.mysanantonio.com
    • Lawmaker wants EPA to consider cost of new smog limits (Matthew Tresaugue – Houston Chronicle)
      www.houstonchronicle.com
    • TEXAS VIEW: No water to waste – Odessa American: Texas Opinion TEXAS VIEW: No water to waste (Houston Chronicle/OA Online)
      www.oaoa.com
    • Next in “What’s wrong with our textbooks”: Climate change (Charles Kuffner – Off the Kuff)
      http://offthekuff.com
    • Economist predicts crude export ban will stand for now (Jennifer A. Dlouhy, Washington Bureau – Express News)
      www.expressnews.com
    • Cooler Summer Bites Into Public Utility Revenues (Mose Buchele – StateImpact)
      http://stateimpact.npr.org
    • Fatigue Linked To Dozens Of Fatal Crashes Involving Oilfield Workers (Andrew Schneider – Houston Public Media)
      www.houstonpublicmedia.org
    • Stanford research links malnutrition and pollination (Liz Rauer – Stanford News)
      http://news.stanford.edu
  • 16 September
  • 15 September
    • Houston’s top gardener hangs up her trowel after 28 years (Kathy Huber – Houston Chronicle)
      www.houstonchronicle.com
    • City to reach all homes with curbside recycling (Katherine Driessen and Mike Morris – Houston Chronicle)
      www.houstonchronicle.com
    • Research Links Drilling Activities to Water Contamination in North Texas (Mose Buchele – StateImpact)
      http://stateimpact.npr.org
    • Natural gas production contaminated drinking water in Texas, study finds (Neela Banerjee – LA Times)
      www.latimes.com
    • Funding available to private landowners for longleaf pine conservaton (The Gilmer Mirror)
      www.gilmermirror.com
    • Homes Near Gas Wells in Texas Face Worsening Water Issues (Mark Drajem – Bloomberg)
      www.bloomberg.com
    • EPA Greenlights $500M Texas Petroleum Plant (Linda Chiem – Law 360)
      www.law360.com
    • Texas School Textbooks In Denial Over Manmade Climate Change (Carbonated TV)
      www.carbonated.tv
  • 14 September
    • The San Jacinto River in Peril: Part Three – A Conspiracy of Silence (Nick Anderson – Houston Chronicle)
      http://blog.chron.com
  • 12 September
    • Planting trees could be a weapon in the battle against smog (Matthew Tresaugue – Houston Chronicle)
      www.houstonchronicle.com

Environmental Headlines for the Houston Region: September 16, 2014

Featured

  1. Houston getting $10 million for traffic tracking systems (Houston Chronicle, 9/10/2014)
    An ongoing project to expand and upgrade traffic systems in the Houston area has received $10 million from a highly-competitive federal transportation program, officials confirmed. Though it won’t build a new road or add another bus route, officials said the money will improve traffic by bolstering Houston’s transportation monitoring system, which relays traffic information to drivers and helps city workers address congestion. The money gives Houston officials another $10 million to invest in work already going on around the area to upgrade or add traffic monitoring data, city of Houston public works spokesman Alvin Wright said.
    http://blog.chron.com
  2. Houston offers sweet deal on park to Sugar Land (Mike Morris – Houston Chronicle, 9/5/2014)
    In the 25 years since the city of Houston and the Houston Parks Board purchased Cullinan Park off Highway 6 near U.S. 90A, creating the city’s fourth-largest park, the site has languished. Far outside Houston city limits next to Sugar Land Regional Airport, the park boasts just one entrance road, some picnic tables, and a few hiking trails to complement the wooden walkways overlooking White Lake, abuzz with dragonflies and coated with lily pads. “This is a great resource out here, but it has a long way to go before you can really call it a good all-purpose park,” said Don Gallo, local resident and park regular. Houston is now considering transferring responsibility for the park to the city of Sugar Land.
    www.houstonchronicle.com
  3. Planning for future water use a conundrum for Houston (Matthew Tresaugue – Houston Chronicle)
    Beneath Houston, miles of the city’s aging water mains are leaking billions of gallons each year. The repairs will require years of work and millions of dollars. So what’s a city to do? Houston is raising the possibility of a new rate structure as the city finalizes the first update to its conservation plan since enduring the worst one-year drought in its history in 2011.
    www.houstonchronicle.com

EcoNotes

  • 12 September
    • Three Earthquakes Rattle Texas So Far This Week (Mose Buchele – StateImpact)
      http://stateimpact.npr.org
    • Recycling: County recognized for efforts to reduce waste (Nan Kirlin – Gaston Gazette)
      www.gastongazette.com
    • Texas Communities Relieved as Season Change Triggers Migration for Nuisance Birds (Fox News)
      www.foxnews.com
    • Pesticides a concern for aquatic life in most U.S. urban streams : study (Ian Simpson – Planet Ark News)
      http://planetark.org
    • EPA Finally Hands Over Maps Detailing the Extent of their WOTUS Proposal – fairfieldsuntimes.com: Business EPA Finally Hands Over Maps Detailing the Extent of their WOTUS Proposal (Sun Times)
      www.fairfieldsuntimes.com
    • Texas A&M Forest Service to Return $43.2 Million in Funds To State (Everything Lubbock)
      www.everythinglubbock.com
  • 11 September
  • 10 September
    • Houston getting $10 million for traffic tracking systems (Houston Chronicle)
      http://blog.chron.com
    • METRO Goes Platinum: Only Transit Agency To Get Top Honor (Noodls)
      www.noodls.com
    • Galveston Residents Ask ‘What Ifs’ About Nuclear Barge Demolition (Dave Fehling – Houston Public Media)
      www.houstonpublicmedia.org
    • Audubon Society: Over One Hundred Texas Birds at Risk From Climate Change (Mose Buchele – StateImpact)
      http://stateimpact.npr.org
    • House votes to block protections for 75% of Texas streams (Environment Texas)
      www.environmenttexas.org
    • Mower moves to help counties with clean water (Austin Daily Herald)
      www.austindailyherald.com
    • On the water — Group seeing results of efforts in Jones Park (Minza Khan – The Spring Observer)
      www.yourhoustonnews.com
    • New Bayou dog park is starting to look like Houston’s doggie paradise (Heather Alexander – Houston Chronicle)
      www.chron.com
    • Bayou Corne sinkhole: Texas Brine seeks permit to discharge wastewater at site, residents speak out (Emily Lane – NOLA)
      www.nola.com
    • Katy Prairie Conservancy Presents ‘Rails In The Rice’ (Dennis Spellman – News 92 FM)
      http://news92fm.com
    • Texas environmental chief doubts link between greenhouse gases and the climate; Texas climate scientist says he’s wrong (Randy Lee Loftis – Dallas News)
      http://thescoopblog.dallasnews.com
    • Global warming (Houston Chronicle)
      www.chron.com
    • Lady Bird’s legacy lives on at wildflower center (Jamie Stengle – Houston Chronicle)
      www.chron.com
    • U.S. cellulosic fuel makers press Obama to alter biofuel plan (Ayesha Rascoe – Planet Ark News)
    • Gulf of Mexico Red Grouper Fishing Season is Extended (Florida Sportsman)
      www.floridasportsman.com
  • 9 September
    • Hunting feral hogs is fun, helps the environment (The Courier of Montgomery County)
      www.yourhoustonnews.com
    • Group planning for revitalization of FM 1960 intersection (Bryan Kirk – Houston Chronicle)
      www.chron.com
    • Texas officials declare EPA’s proposed CO2 emission rule unworkable (Connor Radnovich – Houston Chronicle)
      www.houstonchronicle.com
    • Few show for Galveston nuke meeting (Harvey Rice – Houston Chronicle)
      www.houstonchronicle.com
    • Grand Parkway segment up for national highway award (Dug Begley – Houston Chronicle)
      http://blog.chron.com/thehighwayman
    • Put out the sugar water; the hummers will come to Huffman (Lindsay Peyton – Houston Chronicle)
      www.chron.com
    • Is Houston’s Recycling Program Racist? (Michael Hagerty – Houston Matters)
      www.houstonmatters.org
    • Upcoming Fall Produce & New Vendors at Urban Harvest Farmers Market (Molly Dunn – Houston Press)
      http://blogs.houstonpress.com
    • Texas has 104 natural gas stations and counting (Jennifer Hiller – Fuel Fix)
      http://fuelfix.com
    • How Advances in Tech and Research Could Help Confront Future Drought (Mose Buchele – StateImpact)
      http://stateimpact.npr.org
    • Guest commentary: Offshore is next target for environmentalists (Richard S. Levick – Fuel Fix)
      http://fuelfix.com
  • 8 September
    • Transportation Department Wins Awards for Reducing Air Pollution (Joel Weckerly – Cypress Creek Mirror)
      www.yourhoustonnews.com
    • Planning for future water use a conundrum for Houston (Matthew Tresaugue – Houston Chronicle)
      www.houstonchronicle.com
    • Walk in the Woods Nature Series to feature Dr. Bueno, mosquito specialist (The Woodlands Online)
      www.woodlandsonline.com
    • Natural Gas Fueling Stations Surge in Texas (Jim Malewitz – The Texas Tribune)
      www.texastribune.org
    • What Changes Are in Store For Houston’s Historic Preservation Ordinance? (Maggie Martin – Houston Matters)
      www.houstonmatters.org
    • Petrobras Pasadena TX refinery shuts gasoline unit: filing (Business Recorder)
      www.brecorder.com
    • Why food prices scaled the peaks — and why it matters (Nathanael Johnson – Grist)
      http://grist.org
    • Army Nuclear Reactor Barge Headed For Dismantling In Galveston (Dave Fehling – StateImpact)
      http://stateimpact.npr.org
    • Amid drought, Texas is fuming because Mexico isn’t sending the water it owes (Joshua Partlow – Washington Post)
      www.washingtonpost.com
    • Creating Healthy Environments for Kids (EarthShare)
      www.earthshare.org
    • NOAA Fisheries Seeks Public Comment on a Draft Environmental Impact Statement for Recreational Red Snapper Fishing in the Gulf of Mexico (Louisianna Lagniappe)
      http://louisianalagniappe.wordpress.com
  • 6 September
  • 5 September
  • 4 September
    • BP lashes out at journalists and “opportunistic” environmentalists (Tim McDonnell – Grist)
      http://grist.org
    • 2nd Annual BikeHouston Moonlight Bicycle Ramble (Roux Bikes)
      www.rouxbikes.com
    • Armand Bayou Nature Center upcoming opportunities (The Bay Area Citizen)
      www.yourhoustonnews.com
    • What’s New at the Zoo? (Maggie Martin – Houston Matters)
      www.houstonmatters.org
    • BP was ‘grossly negligent’ in Gulf oil spill, judge rules (Olivia Pulsinelli – Houston Business Journal)
      www.bizjournals.com
  • 3 September
    • Capture methane leaks and sell it (Chris Tomlinson – Houston Chronicle)
      www.houstonchronicle.com
    • Permanent Water Reuse Project Applying for State Funding (Summer Rascoll – Texoma)
      www.texomashomepage.com
    • Costco agrees to $2.3 million settlement with EPA over refrigerant leaks (Kent Hoover – The Business Journals)
      www.bizjournals.com
  • 2 September
    • Counties ready to collaborate on effort to help ease road woes (Bryan Kirk – Houston Chronicle)
      www.chron.com
    • Halliburton reaches $1.1B settlement over Gulf of Mexico spill claims (Olivia Pulsinelli – Houston Business Journal)
      www.bizjournals.com