Environmental Headlines for the Houston Region: July 27, 2015

Featured

  1. Houston Area Huge Winner In State Money For Water (Dave Fehling – Houston Public Media, 7/23/2015)
    “Millions of gallons fresh water flows across the Lake Livingston dam. It joins water from Lake Houston and Lake Conroe to eventually be used in thousands of homes. But the demand is growing with so many people moving here. Billions of dollars is needed to expand water treatment plants and build new pipelines to take lake water as far as Fort Bend County’s fast growing subdivisions. Two years ago, Texas voters overwhelmingly approved funding for just such projects. Thursday morning, the Texas Water Board took the big next step, approving nearly $4 billion dollars in financing statewide. A huge chunk of that — about $3 billion — will go to finance that treatment plant and pipeline project in Harris and Fort Bend Counties.”
    www.houstonpublicmedia.org
  2. Houston’s master plan is to ‘turn the city green’ (Robert Stanton – Houston Chronicle, 7/21/2015)
    “As Houston continues to grow, officials are working to set aside enough green space for parks and other recreational amenities to accommodate the city’s burgeoning population. To make that happen, the city of Houston’s Parks and Recreation Department is revisiting its Parks Master Plan, and is seeking the public’s input on the types of parks and amenities in their communities. The plan is reviewed every five to seven years. Citywide, 21 geographical areas have been targeted and assessed to create individual park sector plans that make up the Draft 2015 Parks Master Plan. The parks department is accepting public comments through July 31.”
    www.chron.com
  3. CLCWA moves forward with Phase 1 Exploration Green excavation (The Bay Area Citizen, 7/24/2015)
    “The Clear Lake City Water Authority plans to move forward with the excavation of the Exploration Green Phase 1 flood detention area in the fall time frame. The CLCWA is setting in motion a pilot excavation after Harris County Flood Control District approved a transfer to the Water Authority of about 20 acres of drainage ditch property at the site. CLCWA is requesting permits from the City of Houston and Harris County for the excavation with a planned completion of the initial detention pond area in mid-2016. The Phase 1 pond area, located behind the Clear Lake City Recreation Center and between Diana Ln., Reseda Dr. and Ramada Dr., will be dry initially except for naturally occurring water from rain and groundwater as a permit request to add treated reuse water continues through a Texas Commission on Environmental Quality review process.”
    www.yourhoustonnews.com

EcoNotes

  • 24 July
    • CLCWA moves forward with Phase 1 Exploration Green excavation (The Bay Area Citizen)
      www.yourhoustonnews.com
    • Scientists Awarded $118,000 To Study Impact Of BP Oil Spill On Coastal Residents (Fernando Ramirez – Houston Public Media)
      www.houstonpublicmedia.org
    • The Texas Drought’s Over, But The Texas Slow-Motion Water Crisis Is Not (Mose Buchele and Ben Philpott – StateImpact)
      https://stateimpact.npr.org
    • Oil Prices Spell Bad News For Texas Budget Forecast (Mose Buchele – StateImpact)
      https://stateimpact.npr.org
    • In Big Bend, Pipeline Opponents Claim Small Victory (Jim Malewitz – The Texas Tribune)
      www.texastribune.org
    • Toilet to Frac: Legal and Practical Aspects of Using Municipal Effluent for Fracing in Texas (Gabriel Collins – JDSUPRA Business Advisor)
      www.jdsupra.com
    • Texas Takes Firm Stance Toward Local Environmental Fines (Law 360)
      www.law360.com
  • 23 July
  • 22 July
    • AAH and t.e.j.a.s. Continue the Fight for Healthy Texas Ports (Adrian Shelley – airCurrent News)
      http://airalliancehouston.org
    • Lawsuit Challenges Loopholes in New EPA Rule Exempting Wetlands and Streams From Clean Water Act Protections (Center for Biological Diversity)
      www.biologicaldiversity.org
    • Landowner workshop planned for Lufkin, Overton (Texas Forest Service) (WN News)
      http://article.wn.com
  • 21 July
    • Houston’s master plan is to ‘turn the city green’ (Robert Stanton – Houston Chronicle)
      www.chron.com
    • Texas cities look to dim the lights to prevent urban glow (Matthew Tresaugue, Houston Chronicle – Star-Telegram)
      www.star-telegram.com
    • Interactive Map: Get From Houston To Galveston On Public Transit (Gail Delaughter – Houston Public Media)
      www.houstonpublicmedia.org
    • TWDB to consider approving $3.9B for State Water Implementation Fund for Texas (WaterWorld)
      www.waterworld.com
    • Comments on EPA’s EJ 2020 Action Agenda Framework (Adrian Shelley – airCurrent News)
      http://airalliancehouston.org
    • State looks to make treacherous FM 149 safer (Matthew Tresaugue – Houston Chronicle)
      www.houstonchronicle.com
    • Texas cities look to dim the lights to prevent urban glow (SF Gate)
      www.sfgate.com
    • Shallow fracking raises questions for water, new research shows (Phys.org)
      http://phys.org
    • We’re exposed to hormone-disrupting BPA just by breathing (Amy Westervelt – The Guardian)
      www.theguardian.com
  • 20 July
    • In Texas, Drought is Done (Kiah Collier – The Texas Tribune)
      www.texastribune.org
    • Keeping Houses Out of Texas Floodwaters Could Cost Billions (Dave Fehling – StateImpact)
      https://stateimpact.npr.org
    • Jesse Jones Park announces August programs, events (The Atascocita Observer)
      www.yourhoustonnews.com
    • 2 Barges Collide Near Entrance To Houston Ship Channel (Laurie Johnson – Houston Public Media)
      www.houstonpublicmedia.org
    • On behalf of communities across the United States, Earthjustice files suit for government violation of civil rights laws (Sarah Lazare – San Diego Free Press)
      http://sandiegofreepress.org
    • Rains Boost Lakes, Fish Stocking (Texas Parks & Wildlife)
      http://tpwd.texas.gov
    • No ruling likely before spring in dead zone lawsuit (SF Gate)
      www.sfgate.com
    • Oil reserve a security asset, not an ATM, senator says (Jennifer A. Dlouhy – San Antonio Express-News)
      www.expressnews.com
    • El Nino could mean more flash flooding for Central Texas through next year (Jared M Plushnick – KHOU News)
      www.khou.com
  • 18 July
  • 17 July
    • EPA honors Texas students for combatting arsenic levels (EP NewsWire)
      epnewswire.com
  • 16 July
    • TPW Commission Holds Special Meeting on Chronic Wasting Disease (Texas Parks & Wildlife)
      http://tpwd.texas.gov
    • Zebra mussels still a major threat to local waters (Sachse News)
      http://sachsenews.com
    • State ‘benches’ Houston air quality monitor, but crowdfunding could save the day (News Fix)
      http://cw39.com
  • 15 July

Environmental Headlines for the Houston Region: July 20, 2015

Featured

  1. The EPA Has a New Tool For Mapping Where Pollution and Poverty Intersect (Heather Hansman – Smithsonian, 7/14/2015)
    “Open up the Environmental Protection Agency’s new EJSCREEN tool, click into the map and pull up your neighborhood. Are you exposed to higher then average amounts of particulate matter? Or are you close to bunch of Superfund sites ridden with hazardous waste? And how do those environmental factors overlap with the demographic breakdown of your block? EJSCREEN, which anyone can use through the EPA’s website, pulls in the agency’s pollution data and intersects it with census data, so users concretely see where groups and industries are being particularly destructive to the environment, and where people are being disproportionately exposed to pollution.”
    www.smithsonianmag.com
  2. New path first step in connected trails (Lindsay Peyton – Houston Chronicle, 7/15/2015)
    “The Houston Parks and Recreation Department and Houston Parks Board recently celebrated the completion of the White Oak Bayou Path, the first in a series of projects creating a more connected system of hike-and-bike trails in the city. Mayor Annise Parker and District A council member Brenda Stardig joined the organizations for a ribbon cutting ceremony on Thursday, July 9. Joe Turner, director of the city’s parks and recreation department, said that funding for this project was made possible through a $15 million federal Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery grant for regional bike and pedestrian trails. The grant will fund six projects.”
    www.chron.com
  3. Ozone Pollution in Houston: Q&A with Dr. Gretchen Goldman (Adrian Shelley – airCurrent News, 7/7/2015)
    “The Environmental Protection Agency is in the process of reviewing the ozone air pollution limit. This is an important issue in Texas and Houston in particular, where we have never met a federal ozone standard. With the standard likely to come down, Houston can expect to stay in “nonattainment” (that is, not meeting the federal standard) for years or even decades to come. In order to understand the science behind ozone pollution, its impact on public health, and the need for a new standard, we reached out to Dr. Gretchen Goldman, lead analyst at the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) and air pollution exposure scientist.”
    http://airalliancehouston.org

EcoNotes

  • 20 July
  • 19 July
  • 18 July
  • 17 July
    • Whiteface, Texas students receive President’s Environmental Education Award for helping to eliminate (Newsroom America)
      www.newsroomamerica.com
  • 16 July
    • TOPCORP Training Program Receives $125,000 Grant from Environmental Defense Fund (University Chronicle)
      www.ssuchronicle.com
    • Tyson, Nature Conservancy to help waterways (Houston Chronicle)
      www.houstonchronicle.com
    • The US is now running an ecological deficit, according to a new report (Derek Markham – Treehugger)
      www.treehugger.com
    • How much do electric cars actually pollute? (Jonathan M. Gitlin – Ars Technica)
      http://arstechnica.com
  • 15 July
    • Tesla and Texas Today (airCurrent News)
      http://airalliancehouston.org
    • New path first step in connected trails (Lindsay Peyton – Houston Chronicle)
      www.chron.com
    • In Small Town Texas, Measuring New Business By The Billions (Dave Fehling – Houston Public Media)
      www.houstonpublicmedia.org
    • Tell Us: What You Think About The Houston Bus System? (Valerie Lawhorn – Houston Public Media)
      www.houstonpublicmedia.org
    • EPA Honors 2015 Energy Star Combined Heat and Power Winners (The News)
      www.achrnews.com
    • Younger truckers, speedier environmental reviews on tap as Senate marks up highway bill (Michael A. Lindenberger, Washington Correspondent Follow Lindenberger – The Dallas Morning News)
      http://transportationblog.dallasnews.com
    • Abbott on CNBC: ‘We just made Texas even better’ (Paul O’Donnell – San Antonio Business Journal)
      www.bizjournals.com
    • Students learn about conservation through collaboration program (Albert Lea Tribune)
      www.albertleatribune.com
  • 14 July
    • The EPA Has a New Tool For Mapping Where Pollution and Poverty Intersect (Heather Hansman – Smithsonian)
      www.smithsonianmag.com
    • Houston clean energy firm raises $50M (Suzanne Edwards – Houston Business Journal)
      www.bizjournals.com
    • In Pristine Big Bend, a Pipeline Could Run Through It (Jim Malewitz – The Texas Tribune)
      www.texastribune.org
    • Scenes of a Debate Over Big Bend Pipeline (Cooper Neill – The Texas Tribune)
      www.texastribune.org
    • In Pristine Big Bend, a Pipeline Could Run Through It (Jim Malewitz – Trib+Water)
      www.texastribune.org
    • Clean Water Act rule change finalized (Michael Howell – Bitterroot Star)
      www.bitterrootstar.com
    • Accelerate H2O hosts first-ever Texas Water Technology Investor Forum (Water World)
      www.waterworld.com
    • Record rains could affect shrimp, oyster harvesting in Texas (The Statesman)
      www.statesman.com
    • Lawmakers blast regulators for lax pipeline safety (Jennifer A. Dlouhy, Washington Bureau – San Antonio Express-News)
      www.expressnews.com
  • 13 July
  • 11 July
    • Nature Conservancy buys land near Bayou Sorrel for education (Houston Chronicle)
      www.chron.com
  • 10 July
    • Rainy weather likely to continue all year as El Niño builds strength (Dylan Baddour – Houston Chronicle)
      www.chron.com
    • In the garden with Urban Harvest: These heat lovers won’t let the garden down (Suzy Fischer – Houston Chronicle)
      www.chron.com
  • 9 July
    • TX Drought Conditions Improve, Officials Say Not For Long (Anna Wiernicki – Texoma’s)
      www.texomashomepage.com
    • Recent rain brings flea infestation to Deep East Texas (Malcolm Hornsby – KTRE)
      www.ktre.com
  • 7 July
  • 6 July
    • Will The Settlement Cost From BP Oil Spill Cover Future Damage? (Pat Hernandez – Houston Public Media)
      www.houstonpublicmedia.org
  • 2 July
    • Under BP Deal, Another $788 Million Will Flow to Texas (Jim Malewitz – Trib+Water)
      www.texastribune.org