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H-GAC Application for Solid Waste Grants Due October 26

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.

Over the next two years, H-GAC will award $1.2 million in solid waste program grant funds ($600,000 per year) but will accept applications for both years only during the current grant application period.

The grant application period is open through Thursday, October 26. The deadline to apply is noon.

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

New, Updated Interactive Web Applications Available

H-GAC has released a new interactive web application -- Historical Commuting Patterns. This application visualizes workers' historical commuting patterns between home and workplace in 3 square-mile hexagonal grids throughout the 8-county region. The app analyzes the differences in average commute distances by workers' ages, earnings, and industries. The data is based on 2002-2014 US Census Longitudinal Employer-Household Dynamics (LEHD) Origin-Destination Employment Statistics data.

Updates
H-GAC added a customized query tool to the Activity-Connectivity Explorer (ACE) and the Demographic Data Explorer mapping applications. This tool allows users to submit multiple data queries, simultaneously.

In addition to the query tool, the ACE application has a new add data tool that allows users to add data to the application by searching for GIS layers in ArcGIS Online, entering URLs, or uploading local files including shapefiles, CSV, GPX, and GeoJSON. 

For more information, email CEGIS@h-gac.com.

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San Bernard River Watershed Protection Plan Approved

The San Bernard River Watershed Protection Plan (WPP) was recently approved by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and accepted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Due to elevated fecal bacteria levels in the San Bernard River, recreational activities, such as swimming, may pose increased risk of illness. To protect water quality and reduce fecal bacteria levels in the project area, local stakeholders and H-GAC staff developed the WPP.
 
The WPP identifies potential sources of bacteria and recommends voluntary solutions to improve water quality. H-GAC and project stakeholders will continue working to implement the plan. Visit the project website to learn more about this effort and view the approved WPP.
 
For more information, contact Justin Bower at 713-499-6653.

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Update on H-GAC's Hurricane Ike Housing Recovery Program

Since Hurricane Ike made landfall in 2008, H-GAC's Hurricane Ike Recovery Program and Rapid Housing Pilot Program have repaired, rebuilt, or replaced 250 single-family homes in Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Matagorda, Montgomery, Walker, and Waller counties. Of those, 11 were rental single-family houses. Single-family rental property owners committed to maintaining these homes as rental units for low-moderate income renters for five years.

Repairs on almost 400 multi-family rental units are underway. The first 15 multi-family rental units were repaired in August in Freeport, with 86 more units in progress. Another 312 multi-family rental units are being repaired in Conroe. Both projects are expected to be completed in 2018. Multi-family property owners must maintain these repaired apartment complexes as rental units for low-moderate income renters for 10 years.


Upcoming Events
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Empowering Entrepreneurship Workshop - October 6

The Gulf Coast Economic Development District will host an Empowering Entrepreneurship workshop from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Friday, October 6, at H-GAC Conference Room B, Second Floor. This free workshop highlights regional resources and best practices for fostering startup businesses and entrepreneurs in today's economy.

 

Speakers include representatives from Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX), Workforce Solutions, Houston Small Business Development Inc., and the Small Business Development Center.

 

The workshop is free, and online registration is requested. For more information, contact Joshua Owens at 832-681-2613.


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Solid Waste Generation and Diversion Forecast Workshop - October 10

H-GAC and NewGen Strategies and Solutions Inc. (NewGen) will host a Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) Generation and Diversion Forecast workshop from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, October 10, at H-GAC Conference Room B, Second Floor.

The workshop will present findings and answer questions about the MSW Generation and Diversion Forecast completed earlier this year by NewGen for H-GAC.

The workshop is free, and online registration is requested by Monday, October 9.  For more information, contact Erin Livingston at 832-681-2525.

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Annual Fall Planning Workshop - October 20

H-GAC's Fall Planning Workshop for Local Governments will be from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Friday, October 20, at H-GAC Conference Rooms B and C, Second Floor.


This annual half-day workshop series for local governments features presentations on best planning practices for communities.


This year's workshop will focus on implementation. Discussion points will include:

  • How do you keep your plan off the shelf?
  • How do you pay for it?
  • How do you do it?

The workshop is free, and online registration is requested.               

 

For more information, contact Amanda Thorin at 713-993-4587.


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Parks and Natural Areas Subcommittee Meeting -
October 23

The next meeting of the Parks and Natural Areas Subcommittee will be from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Monday, October 23, at H-GAC Conference Room A, Second Floor.

 

The subcommittee will review judges' recommendations for the 2017 Parks and Natural Areas Awards program.

 

Anyone interested in participating in the committee is welcome to attend. Online registration is requested.

 

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


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Bringing Back Main Street Roundtable - October 24

The next Bringing Back Main Street Roundtable will be from 9:30 a.m. to noon Tuesday, October 24, at the Angleton Recreation Center, 1601 N Valderas Street, Angleton. Emily Koller from the Texas Historical Commission (THC) will present information on THC programs, including its new tool, DowntownTX.org.

 

Online registration is requested.

 

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

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


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CWI Workshop: Better Public Engagement Practices - October 24

The next Clean Waters Initiative (CWI) workshop will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, October 24, at H-GAC Conference Rooms B and C, Second Floor. The topic will be Better Public Engagement Practices.

H-GAC's Clean Waters Initiative (CWI) program offers workshops that help local governments, landowners, and residents develop effective strategies to reduce pollution in area waterways.

The workshop is free, and online registration will open soon. For more information, contact Kathy Janhsen at 713-993-2423.

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Regional Flood Management Council Meeting - October 25

The next meeting of the Regional Flood Management Council will be from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 25, at H-GAC conference Room B and C, Second Floor.
 
The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) will discuss the effects of flooding on transportation. 

The meeting is open to the public. No registration is required.
 
For more information, contact Becki Begley at 713-993-2410.

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Bacteria Implementation Group Meeting - October 31

The Bacteria Implementation Group (BIG) will hold its fall meeting from 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, October 31, at H-GAC Conference Room B, Second Floor.

The agenda will include a review of the BIG's 2017 Annual Report, updates to total maximum daily load projects, and planning for implementation in 2018. 

Scheduled presentations include:
  • Satelytics will discuss use of satellite remote sensing imagery to perform environmental monitoring
  • Texas Department of Transportation will discuss their recent Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) permit with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
For more information, contact Steven Johnston at 832-681-2579.

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Regional Recycling Roundtable to Tour Recycling Facility 

H-GAC's next Regional Recycling Roundtable will be a tour of recycling facilities. Details are still being arranged.
 
More information will be posted on the Regional Recycling Roundtable webpage by mid-October.

For more information, contact Becki Begley at 713-993-2410.

A portion of roof is removed with a claw during demolition of a home swept from its foundation into a marsh in Union Beach. The project falls under FEMA's Public Assistance Waterways Debris Removal Program. Photo by Sharon Karr-FEMA
Life After Harvey - November 9

To address the need for communities to perform efficient and timely cleanup of disaster debris, H-GAC provides training and resources to help local governments prepare.
 
The 2017 Disaster Debris Workshop Series concludes with Life After Harvey from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday, November 9, at H-GAC Conference Rooms B and C, Second Floor.
 
The destructive forces of Hurricane Harvey including wind, storm surge and historic rainfall generated never before seen quantities of debris throughout the state. This disaster has changed the lives of many Texans forever. 

The purpose of this workshop is to explore:
  • Lessons learned for debris operations including:
    • Debris estimation
    • Contracting and Procurement
    • Public Information
    • Disposal
    • Funding sources
  • Opportunities to mitigate the natural and built environment
  • Long term recovery opportunities
Online registration is requested. The workshop is also available via webinar. 
 
For more information, contact Erin Livingston at 832-681-2525.

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Save the Date for the 25th Trash Bash - March 24, 2018

Every year, thousands of volunteers clean up trash and debris along area waterways in the largest, single-day waterway cleanup in Texas, the River, Lakes, Bays 'N Bayous Trash Bash.


Trash Bash will celebrate its 25th consecutive cleanup on Saturday, March 24, 2018---an accomplishment that dedicated volunteers have been proud to be part of for more than two decades.


Learn more about becoming a volunteer or sponsor for Trash Bash 2018. For more information, contact waterresources@h-gac.com.

Partner Announcements
Keep America Beautiful Recycle Bowl
  
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Keep America Beautiful presents Recycle Bowl, a national K-12 competition between schools to invigorate student participation in recycling efforts. The competition runs from October 16 to November 15. Registration is open through Friday, October 13. 

America Recycles Day
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For 20 years, communities have come together on November 15 to celebrate America Recycles Day. Do you have plans for hosting a special event on that day? Log in and register your event.


Take Care of Texas Video Contest
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The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) invites children in grades six through twelve to enter the second-annual Take Care of Texas Video Contest. Student videos should be 30 seconds long and portray positive ways Texans can help keep air and water clean, conserve water and energy, or reduce waste. The contest deadline is Friday, December 15, and the public will have the opportunity to pick their favorite videos January 11 through 25, 2018. A panel of TCEQ staff and representatives from Waste Management Texas will choose the first, second, and third place winners from each of the grade groups. Winners will be announced February 20, 2018.
More Upcoming Events
Bayou Preservation Association Symposium
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Tickets are available for the annual Bayou Preservation Association Symposium at 7:30 a.m. Thursday, October 19, at the United Way of Houston, 50 Waugh Drive, Houston. Spend the day hearing presentations and engaging in discussion on water quality issues in our region. 

Katy Prairie Conservancy Conservation Easement Workshop
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The Katy Prairie Conservancy will host a Conservation Easement Workshop from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on October 20, at Midway Barbeque, 6025 Highway Blvd, Katy. The workshop is for landowners, real estate professionals, attorneys, advisors, natural resource professionals, and city or county officials to learn about conservation easements and land preservation. Online registration is required, and the $15 registration fee includes lunch. For more information about the workshop, contact info@katyprairie.org or 713-523-6135.

Annual STAR Texas Recycling Summit
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Registration continues for the State of Texas Alliance for Recycling (STAR) Texas Recycling Summit 2017 October 22-25 at the Double Tree Hotel, 6505 N I-35, Austin. This is the only state conference dedicated entirely to recycling and waste diversion activities in Texas. It's also an opportunity to network with professionals from the recycling industry to learn, collaborate, share successes, and support recycling efforts.

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, October, 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 potential for abuse and medications. A list of collection sites is available on the DEA website.
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.

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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, including fish consumption advisories, @HGACwater.
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