Environmental Headlines for the Houston Region: April 15, 2020

Photo: Karen Warren/ Houston Chronicle, Staff photographer. Photo accompanied item on 4/13/20, below.
  • 4/15/20
    • Reimagine public participation during stay-at-home [Opinion] (Amanda Timm; Frances Valdez, Houston in Action; Oni Blair, LINK Houston – Houston Chronicle) houstonchronicle.com
  • 4/14/20
    • ‘Unbelievable’ Timing: As Coronavirus Rages, Trump Disregards Advice to Tighten Clean Air Rules (Coral Davenport, New York Times, republished in Houston Chronicle 4/15/20) nytimes.com
  • 4/13/20
    • Injured wildlife finding help from quarantined residents [Front Page] (Rebecca Hennes – Houston Chronicle) houstonchronicle.com
  • 4/12/20
    • Cynthia Lee Rowan Taylor [Obituary] houstonchronicle.comNote: Mrs. Taylor was one of the founders of CEC and was passionate about environmental activism, active with many local environmental organizations.
  • 4/10/20
    • Dirtying up clean energy (James Osborne – Houston Chronicle) houstonchronicle.com
    • Curbing rush hour isn’t reducing air pollution in some parts of Houston (Dug Begley – Houston Chronicle) houstonchronicle.com
  • 4/9/20
    • We really just want to breathe clean air [Opinion] (Bridgette Murray, Achieving Community Tasks Successfully, and Elena Craft, Environmental Defense Fund – Houston Chronicle) houstonchronicle.com
    • Downtown shuttle may be parked for good (Dug Begley – Houston Chronicle) houstonchronicle.com
  • 4/8/20
    • When oil interests, climate advocates overlap [Opinion] (Larry Shapiro, Rockefeller Family Fund – Houston Chronicle) houstonchronicle.com
  • 4/7/20
    • Oil Companies Are Collapsing, but Wind and Solar Energy Keep Growing (Coral Davenport, New York Times , republished in Houston Chronicle 4/12/20) nytimes.com
    • New Research Links Air Pollution to Higher Coronavirus Death Rates (Lisa Freidman, New York Times, republished in Houston Chronicle 4/8/20) nytimes.com

Environmental Headlines for the Houston Region: April 4, 2020

Godofredo A. Vásquez, Houston Chronicle photographer
  • 4/2/20
    • Stop blaming bats for coronavirus [Opinion] (Merlin Tuttle, Bat Conservation International – Houston Chronicle) houstonchronicle.com
    • Cleaner air a silver lining of pandemic [Front Page] (James Osborne – Houston Chronicle) houstonchronicle.com
  • 4/1/20
    • Crisis is not free pass to pollute our planet [Opinion] (Robin Schneider, Texas Campaign for the Environment – Houston Chronicle) houstonchronicle.com
    • Quarantined in a property that flooded? Coronavirus compounds risks from Harvey, Imelda [Opinion] (Ben Lacy Hirsch, West Street Recovery – Houston Chronicle) houstonchronicle.com
    • Disease expert: You can go outside, but still practice social distancing (Julie Garcia – Houston Chronicle) houstonchronicle.com
  • 3/31/20
    • Oysters in Galveston Bay are on the rebound. Will it stay that way? [Front Page] (Nick Powell – Houston Chronicle) houstonchronicle.com
    • Fill out the census today (The Editorial Board – Houston Chronicle) houstonchronicle.com
  • 3/30/20
    • Oil has a new best friend: government (Rob Gavin – Houston Chronicle)
      “If the government, federal or state, is going to take steps to help the oil industry, whether through crude purchases, low interest loans, subsidies or regulation — the industry needs to reciprocate…. Stop flaring. Reduce emissions. Invest more in protecting communities from exploding chemical plants.Take climate change seriously and spend more money — much more — to accelerate the energy transition needed to prevent, or at least mitigate, the looming environmental catastrophe.”
      houstonchronicle.com
  • 3/29/20
    • Metro delays projects’ next steps (Dug Begley – Houston Chronicle) houstonchronicle.com (published online 3/24/20)
    • Walking — the original social distancing activity (Julie Garcia – Houston Chronicle) houstonchronicle.com (Originally published online 3/19/20)
  • 3/28/20
    • White House to relax auto pollution rules (Coral Davenport – New York Times) nytimes.com (Republished in the Houston Chronicle 3/31/20)
    • Houston mayor threatens to fence off playgrounds, basketball courts for social distancing (Sergio Chapa – Houston Chronicle) houstonchronicle.com
    • Firefighters battle large grass fire on Galveston Island’s East Beach (Sergio Chapa – Houston Chronicle) houstonchronicle.com
  • 3/27/20
    • Modernizing the electrical grid and energy infrastructure can propel an economic recovery [Opinion] (David Foster – Houston Chronicle) houstonchronicle.com
  • 3/23/20
    • Westchase wants to put bayou bike trail connection, a first in Houston, on the map [Front Page] (Dug Begley – Houston Chronicle) houstonchronicle.com

Houston City Council Agenda – March 03, 2020

The City will consider the following agenda items at the Houston City Council meeting scheduled for Tuesday, March 03, 2020, in the City Hall Chamber at 1:30 PM (public comment) and at 9:00 AM on Wednesday, March 04, 2019. The agenda includes items related budgets for projects on Lake Houston Facilities ($5.2 million), Luce Bayou System ($2.5 million), Trinity River Water Conveyance Project ($21.6 million); an agreement with Gulf Coast Water Authority; the acquisition of land for well sites and Re-pump stations; and reconstruction for local water purification plant and facilities improvement project. The Council will also select a representative to serve on the Port Commission of the Port of Houston Authority of Harris County.

Agenda Item 5 is a recommendation from the Director of Houston Public Works for approval of the 2020 Operations and Maintenance Budget for the Lake Houston Facilities Project operated by the Coastal Water Authority in the amount of $5,196,900.000.

Agenda Item 6 is a recommendation from the Director of Houston Public Works for approval of the 2020 Operations and Maintenance Budget for the Luce Bayou System Project operated by the Coastal Water Authority in the amount of $2,479,000.00. 

Agenda Item 7 is a recommendation from the Director of Houston Public Works for approval of the 2020 Operations and Maintenance Budget for the Trinity River Water Conveyance Project in the amount of $21, 594, 600.00.

Agenda Item 8 is a recommendation from the Director of Houston Public Works for approval of the 2020 Operations and Maintenance Budget for the Lake Livingston Project operated by the Trinity River Authority in the amount of $4,763, 498.00.

Agenda Item 20 is an ordinance establishing a special minimum building line block pursuant to Chapter 42 of Code of Ordinance at 1500 block of Olvid street, North and South sides.   

Agenda Item 21 is an ordinance establishing a special minimum lot size block pursuant to Chapter 42 of Code of Ordinance at 1500 block of Olvid street, North and South sides.

Agenda Item 22 is an ordinance editing and renewing the establishment of the special minimum building line requirement block pursuant to the Code of Ordinance at 1600 block of Cherryhurst Street, Southside. 

Agenda Item 23 is an ordinance consenting to the addition of 26.1628 acres of land to Harris County Municipal Utility District NO. 44.   

Agenda Item 24 is an ordinance approving and authorizing an Utility Functions and Services Allocation agreement between the City and Harris County Municipal Utility District NO. 158.

Agenda Item 25 is an ordinance approving and authorizing an Untreated Water Reservation Contract between the City and the Gulf Coast Water Authority for the construction and operation of the Southeast Water Purification Plant. 

Agenda Item 26 is an ordinance for the public project known as the Facilities Improvements at Various Well Sites and Re-Pump Stations for the acquisitions of parcels. 

Agenda Item 27 is to select and confirm nominations for Position Two of the Port Commission of the Port of Houston Authority of Harris County for a two-year term. Nominees include Cheryl Creuzot, Theldon Branch, Graciela “Gracie” Saenz, and Bridgette Murray.