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Trash Bash Volunteers
25th Trash Bash - March 24

On Saturday, March 24, the River, Lakes, Bays 'N Bayous Trash Bash, the largest, single-day waterway cleanup in Texas, will celebrate its 25th consecutive cleanup event. 

Trash Bash is an opportunity to get hands-on education about the effects of littering and to learn more about simple ways to help reduce water pollution. Over 24 years, 106,000 volunteers have collected 2,189 tons of trash, 16 tons for recycling, and 10,709 tires.

Volunteers at this year's 14 cleanup sites receive cleanup supplies, lunch, and t-shirts and can win door prizes. Find out how to get involved online or on Trash Bash's Facebook page.

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Parks and Natural Areas Roundtable - March 12

The Parks and Natural Areas (PNA) Roundtable will meet from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Monday, March 12, at H-GAC Conference Room A, Second Floor. 

The topic for the meeting is Maintenance and Beyond. Speakers will discuss parks as flood mitigation and park maintenance before and after large-scale events. H-GAC staff will discuss upcoming PNA activities. A roundtable discussion will follow the presentations.

Online RSVP is requested. 

The Parks and Natural Areas Roundtable serves as a forum for discussion of issues related to parks and natural areas in the H-GAC region and is open to anyone who would like to participate. 

For more information, contact Andrea Tantillo at 832-681-2507.

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Interactive Planning Tools Seminar Series - March 22

H-GAC is hosting a series of seminars and hands-on workshops to learn to use H-GAC's interactive web applications for community and transportation planning.

The first seminar will be from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, March 22, at H-GAC Training Room, Second Floor. The focus will be on the Demographic Explorer which provides quick and easy access to U.S. Census American Community Survey data.

Participants will have access to computers to participate in an interactive hands-on session to master the use of these online applications. Space is limited to 16 in-person attendees, and registration is required.

A  webinar option is also available; however, hands-on activities will be presented to in-person attendees only.

The next two seminars and workshops will be:
  • Seminar 2: Regional Employment Snapshot & Commute Patterns - Thursday, April 26
  • Seminar 3: Activity-Connectivity Explorer - Thursday, May 24
For more information, e-mail

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Short Term Debris Operations Workshop - March 28

The first workshop in the 2018 Debris Workshop Series will be from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 28, at H-GAC Conference Room B, Second Floor. The topic is  Short Term Debris Operations

Initiating debris operations can be a daunting task considering the other priorities and issues that a jurisdiction will be faced with following a disaster. Information provided during the first workshop of 2018 will assist jurisdictions in coordinating the first 6 months of disaster debris management operations. Topics will include:
  • Debris estimating
  • Contracting debris haulers and monitoring firms
  • Mobilization of resources
  • Debris clearance and collection along the right of way
  • DMS selection and operation
  • Dangerous trees
  • Project worksheets
  • Meeting with FEMA 

The second workshop of 2018, Long Term Debris Operations, is scheduled for Thursday, May 24, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

For more information, contact Erin Livingston at 713-993-2525.

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Clean Waters Initiative Workshop - March 28

The next Clean Waters Initiative workshop will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 28, at H-GAC Conference Room B, Second Floor. The topic is Transportation Projects and Water Quality

Speakers from the Texas Department of Transportation, H-GAC, and Harris County Engineering Department will provide participants with greater understanding of how environmental factors, such as water quality, are incorporated into transportation project planning and implementation.

Registration is requested.

The Clean Waters Initiative program offers workshops that help local governments, landowners, and residents develop effective strategies to reduce pollution in area waterways.

For more information, contact Kathy Janhsen at 713-993-2423.

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Texas Stream Team Training -  May 4

Registration will open in mid-March for a Texas Stream Team Phase I and II training from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, May 4, at Buffalo Bayou Partnership, 1803 Memorial Parkway, Houston. This training is for volunteers who wish to monitor in the greater Houston area. Registration is limited to 20 volunteers.

Learn more about H-GAC's Texas Stream Team three-phase training program online. For more information, email

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Bringing Back Main Street Roundtable - April 24

The next Bringing Back Main Street Roundtable will be from 9:30 a.m. to noon Tuesday, April 24, at the City of Liberty Council Chambers, 1829 Sam Houston Street, Liberty. The topic is to be determined.

These roundtables help local governments, chambers of commerce, and economic development interests promote the economy and revitalization of downtown areas. Learn about these roundtables online.

Online RSVP is requested.

For more information, contact Clint McManus at 832-681-2513.

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H-GAC Application for Solid Waste Grants Opens March 7

Each year, H-GAC receives pass-through funding from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to fund solid waste grant projects throughout the 13-county region. Funds for this program come from a portion of the money collected as tipping fees at Texas landfills.  

H-GAC will award $516,157 for solid waste grant projects during fiscal year 2019. The application period will open on Wednesday, March 7, and close at 5 p.m. Thursday, April 19. 

H-GAC will host a grant application workshop/webinar from 9 a.m. to noon Monday, March 19, to provide information about the application process, including how to complete the application and what information the scoring committee might be looking for. 

 Registration is requested to attend the workshop or to attend the webinar

 For more information about the grant program, contact Erin Livingston at 832-681-2525.

The 2045 Regional Transportation Plan: Update

By 2045, the Houston-Galveston region will have an integrated multimodal transportation system, achieved through coordinated public and private investments, supporting a desirable quality of life, enhanced economic vitality, and increased safety, access, and mobility.

To realize this vision, H-GAC, transportation agencies, local governments, and residents of the region's communities will work together to ensure that long-range transportation plans reflect the region's needs and desires.

Opportunities to participate in public meetings are fast approaching. Check the Regional Transportation Plan website for a calendar and more opportunities to get involved.
Partner Announcements
Keep Texas Beautiful Awards and Call for Conference Speakers
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Each year, Keep Texas Beautiful
 (KTB) honors extraordinary students and educators working to improve and beautify their communities. Youth and Educator Awards nominations open Tuesday, March 6. Applications are due Monday, April 30. 

KTB is seeking proposals for speakers for the 51st Annual Keep Texas Beautiful Conference June 11-13 in Georgetown. This three day, multi-track format offers attendees a variety of education sessions and interactive forums. Presentations are designed for all levels of experience, and KTB looks for a wide variety of topics.

Scenic City Certification Program
The Scenic City Certification Program, a project of Scenic Texas in cooperation with H-GAC, Texas Municipal League, and additional partners, is accepting 2018 applications through Saturday, March 31. The program supplies cities an objective review of existing infrastructure ordinances for public roadways and public spaces, evaluated against the Scenic City model.
More Upcoming Events
Galveston Bay Plan, 2nd Edition Open House
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The Galveston Bay Estuary Program will host an open house to provide information on The Galveston Bay Plan, 2nd Edition Draft, from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday, March 5, at the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension offices at 4102-B, Main Street, La Marque. This plan offers strategies for sustaining and protecting the waters in the Galveston Bay watershed. Public comment will be open on the project website from March 5 through April 4. 

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International Society of Sustainability Professionals Webinar
The International Society of Sustainability Professionals (ISSP) is hosting a free webinar at noon Wednesday, March 7. ISSP credential holders from San Antonio and Denton, Texas; Avondale, Arizona; and Evanston, Illinois, will share their personal stories and speak to the value the credential has brought to their careers.

Great American Cleanup Registration
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Registration is now open for Keep Texas Beautiful's Great American Cleanup for events held March 1 to May 31. Groups planning an event can register to gain access to resources and materials for planning, promoting, and hosting the event, such as trash bags, banners, gloves, and giveaways.

LISC, Kinder Institute Building a More Resilient Housing System Event
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Houston Local Initiatives Support Corporation and Kinder Institute for Urban Research will host Building a More Resilient Housing System from 8:30 a.m. to noon Tuesday, March 27, at the BakerRipley-Ripley House Neighborhood Center, 4410 Navigation, Houston. The event will be a discussion with local and national experts about ways affordable housing and resilience are interwoven and how stronger systems could be built in both arenas. The discussion will explore how other cities and regions have responded to acute disasters and what strategies they've pursued around long-term resilience planning. Registration is requested. 

DEA Prescription Take Back 
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The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) will host its National Prescription Drug Take Back event in communities across the country from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 28. The national event aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the medications and the potential for abuse. A list of collection sites will be available on the DEA website Sunday, April 1.
News and Notes
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A Storm to Remember - Hurricane Harvey and the Texas Economy

In the latest issue of Fiscal Notes, the Texas Comptroller's Office releases original research and analysis on the economic effects of Hurricane Harvey. The storm delivered staggering losses to the state: nearly 200,000 homes destroyed as well as $670 million in damage to public infrastructure and $200 million in crop and livestock losses. 

The Comptroller's office estimates the net impact of Hurricane Harvey will be a loss of $3.8 billion to the state's economy during the first year following the storm, followed by a cumulative gain of approximately $800 million over three years, due largely to recovery efforts and increased construction activity. The new issue also discusses mitigation proposals that could lessen the impact of future storms.
Funding Sources
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H-GAC has compiled a list of local, regional, state, federal, and private funding sources for local governments and other organizations. H-GAC also maintains a list of ongoing funding opportunities for parks improvements.

If you know of a funding opportunity, forward it to Andrea Tantillo.

All content, including links to websites, is for informational purposes only. Users of this content are responsible for checking its accuracy, currency, and suitability.
Community and Environmental Planning Programs
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Mapping Applications
Looking for interactive applications or GIS data related to the H-GAC Community and Environmental Planning Department? Visit H-GAC's interactive applications web page to see the latest information, including Census, Regional Forecast, and more.
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H-GAC has a Facebook page where information about current and upcoming events is posted. Please visit and like H-GAC's page. While there, visit other H-GAC pages on Facebook, including Recycling, Trash Bash, Bacteria Implementation Group (BIG), West Fork Watersheds Partnership, and Cedar Bayou Watershed Partnership.

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Find the latest information about activities around the region at H-GAC's Twitter feed @hgaccog. H-GAC's water resources program also offers Twitter updates on water quality issues in the region @HGACwater.
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