Environmental Headlines for the Houston Region: July 16, 2019

The city of South Houston wants to remove mercury limits from its wastewater plant permit. Residents are fighting to keep them.

(Houston Chronicle, Perla Trevizo, Updated 07/11/19. Photo by Perla Trevizo.)

“At a time when chemical plants are catching fire and federal officials are trying to clean up SuperFund sites in the Houston area, they argue that officials can’t be too cautious when dealing with a toxic chemical such as mercury and local waterways.”


Old Galveston drilling site reborn as nature preserve

(Houston Chronicle, Sergio Chapa, Updated 07/11/19. Photo by Elizabeth Conley.)

“…[W]ith the help of the Railroad Commission’s Brownfield Response Program, the old well site has been deemed safe, allowing the conservation group, Artist Boat, to move ahead with restoring the coastal prairie, planting native grasses.”


Feeling the heat: Climate change could mean more extreme heat days for Houston and Texas, report concludes

(Houston Chronicle, Perla Trevizo, Updated 07/16/19. Photo by Juan Figueroa)

“If the number of extremely hot, humid days already seems like too many, a national study finds it’s likely to get worse.”


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Environmental Headlines for the Houston Region: July 9, 2019

When you couldn’t see the Arboretum for the trees

(Houston Chronicle, Allyn West, Updated 07/05/19. Photo by Houston Arboretum and Nature Center.)

“The death of almost half the trees at the Houston Arboretum and Nature Center might have saved the place.

A thicket — a combination of invasive plants and out-of-control natives — had swallowed the land. In the unbalanced ecosystem that had ermerged over the decades, bushes and vine-covered trees grew where they had no business growing.”


Houston, it’s up to us to tackle global warming

(Houston Chronicle, Brett Perlman and Andy Steinhubl, Updated 07/08/19. Photo by Scott Kingsley.)

“Could Houston — the world headquarters of the oil and gas industry — take the lead in solving the world’s global warming problems?”

Another unique opportunity for the Houston to lead involves our port: shifting marine operations to cleaner fuels, including hydrogen and liquefied natural gas, and continue electrifying port facilities.


Approval of $2B consent decree could hike Houston’s water rates as early as next year

(Houston Chronicle, Mike Morris, Updated 07/09/19. Photo by Godofredo A Vásquez)

“The Environmental Protection Agency has long been concerned that Houston’s cracked, clogged or flooded sewer pipes spill waste… Eighty percent of area waterways fall short of water quality standards for fecal bacteria.

Turner said he is proud of the proposal, saying it is a targeted solution that will limit sewer spills, upgrade facilities, and help keep pace with the city’s growth.”


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CEC Welcomes Mayte Aldrett as Environmental Education Intern

Mayte Aldrett is a recent graduate from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota, with a B.A. in Environmental Studies. She is a Houston Posse Foundation Scholar, a FOCUS (Focus On Cultivating Underrepresented Scientists) Scholar, and has an interest in environmental justice, localism,  Latin American Studies, and Queer Studies. She hopes to start her own environmental non-profit in the future, with the purpose of serving the Port Houston community and surrounding areas whose health has been impacted by neighboring industries. She was born and raised in Houston, Texas, and will be moving Omaha, Nebraska at the end of the summer for the Weitz Fellowship.

Mayte Aldrett is interested in the work and life cycles of nonprofits, as well as organizing the community she grew up in. She is a first generation college graduate hoping to serve as an example of compassion and determination for her family and friends through her future work, which is why she has chosen to be an intern for the CEC. She can be reached at [email protected]