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Upcoming Events
Cypress Creek Watershed Partnership Meeting - August 5 (Online)

 H-GAC will host an online Cypress Creek Watershed Partnership meeting from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.  Wednesday, August 5 . During this public meeting, H-GAC staff will discuss progress on a project to address water quality issues in the Cypress Creek Watershed and plan for continued coordination. 

Registration  is required. For more information,  visit the project website  or contact Justin Bower at 713-499-6653. 
Chocolate Bay Public Meeting - August 13 (Online)

H-GAC and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality invite area stakeholders to a public meeting to provide input and feedback to help create a plan to reduce high concentrations of bacteria found in the Chocolate Bay Watershed, including Chocolate, Halls and Mustang bayous. The meeting will be from 2 to 4 p.m.  Thursday, August 13,  via webinar. 

During the meeting, participants will review and discuss a draft plan to address the bacteria in the impacted watershed. Using the report data and other input, local stakeholders will work to create a plan to identify and address bacteria impairments across the basin, including watershed management tools and options available to residents, businesses, and governments to reduce the impairments. 

Registration is required. For more information,  visit the project website or contact  Steven Johnston  at 832-681-2579. 
Cotton Bayou Public Meeting - August 20 (Online)

 H-GAC will host a public meeting to discuss water quality in the Cotton Bayou Watershed from 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday, August 20. This meeting will be presented as a webinar. 

H-GAC and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality have been working on a long-term project to address the high levels of bacteria in Cotton Bayou. The first step is to analyze bacteria level trends and possible causes. 

At this meeting, H-GAC will provide an update on its latest findings and hear from people who live, work, and enjoy the outdoors in the watershed. Local knowledge about potential sources of bacteria and other pollutants is essential to developing effective voluntary strategies to improve water quality in Cotton Bayou. 

Registration is required. For more information, contact Rachel Windham at 713-993-2497. 
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Solid Waste Workshop Focusing on Waste Diversion - August 26 (Online)

 H-GAC's next  solid waste workshop  will be from 9 to 11 a.m.  Wednesday, August 26.  The workshop will focus on waste diversion and will be presented as a webinar. Topics include uniform recycling, construction materials reuse, composting, and food waste diversion. 
H-GAC's solid waste workshops  focus on in-depth studies of different topics each quarter. 
Registration  is required. For more information, contact  Andrea Tantillo  at 832-681-2507. 
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Parks and Natural Areas Roundtable - September 14 (Online)

 The next Parks and Natural Areas Roundtable will be from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Monday, September 14. This meeting will be conducted online.  

The roundtable meets the second Monday of March, July, and September with field trips scheduled in May and November. This group is open to anyone interested in participating. 

Registration is required. For more information, contact Andrea Tantillo at 832-681-2507. 
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Parking Workshop - September 18 (Online)

Save the date for the next Livable Centers Workshop from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, September 18. This workshop will be conducted online and will focus on parking.

Whether in a small town or big city, Parking is a key component to how business is conducted in the Houston-Galveston region.  Learn howto invigorate Main Streets, Downtowns, or Town Centers with parking solutions that leverage communities' existing resources, enhance community context, and build community partnerships that promote new investments based on community needs.  Participants can gain free-expert insight, hear local case study examples, and find opportunity for future partnerships.

Registration will open soon. For more information, e-mail [email protected] .
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Parks and Natural Areas Awards Application Opens September 1

Applications for the H-GAC annual  Parks and Natural Areas (PNA) Awards  will open on  Tuesday, September 1.  

PNA awards  honor projects in four categories: Projects Over $500,000; Projects Under $500,000; Planning Process; and Policy Tools. Winning entries serve as models for planning and project implementation for parks and natural areas in the region. The application period will open Tuesday, September 1, and will close at 5 p.m.  Wednesday September 30.   

An  online application guide  is available.  No funding is associated with this award program.

Winners will be notified in December. The awards ceremony will be in February 2021. For more information, contact  Andrea Tantillo  at 832-681-2507. 
Partner Announcements
Flood Mitigation Project Clearinghouse Now Available 
The Texas Water Development Board, the Texas General Land Office, and the Texas Division of Emergency Management launched a website with information on flood mitigation funding opportunities for Texas' communities. The site includes an online Request for Information Form that entities can submit to get feedback on what state and federal financial assistance programs could be the best fit for their flood mitigation needs. The site also includes funding opportunities, general project and entity eligibility by program, upcoming events related to flood mitigation financial assistance, and other resources. For local governments interested in using the clearinghouse to access project ideas, visit the  Texas Flood Clearinghouse website  or call 512-463-8725. 
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Texas Main Street Designation Applications Open 
The Texas Historical Commission is accepting applications from cities interested in becoming designated  Main Street communities . Each year, the Commission may select up to five cities for official designation. Communities selected this year will enter the program in January 2021. Main Street is an economic development program focusing on small business development using historic preservation and reuse of historic properties as primary tools.  Full applications  are due  Monday, August 31.   Main Street communities  in the region are Bay City, Houston-Emancipation Avenue, Huntsville, Rosenberg, and Sealy. 
2021 Texas Environmental Excellence Awards 
Each year, the Governor's Office and commissioners from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality honor the state's most outstanding environmental projects through the  Texas Environmental Excellence Awards . Winners from across the state exemplify how Texans set the standard for ensuring clean air, clean water, and the safe management of waste. The  application period for the 2021 awards  is now open. See the  winner videos for 2020 . Applications will be accepted through  Friday, September 25
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Resilient Texas Website 
Texas communities working on long-term recovery from Hurricane Harvey can find Infoshare resources at Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service's new  Resilient Texas website.  Visit the site for both new and previous information shared in weekly emails. FEMA's Texas Recovery Office partnered with AgriLife on the site and will continue to provide resources both in email and for the website. 
Free Technical Assistance Available for Brownfields 
Kansas State University Technical Assistance to Brownfields program  provides free site re-use planning and visioning services, and site inventory and prioritization assistance to local governments that don't have the resources to get this done on their own. This assistance is usually enough to "start the ball rolling," for developing strategies and to attract funds to do more extensive planning work and to redevelop brownfields. For more information, contact  Blase Leven , the Program Coordinator at Kansas State University, at 785-532-0780. 
Get Involved With Trash Free Texas 
Trash Free Texas  strives to keep trash out of area waterways by working with communities and organizations across the state to connect people to places that need routine litter cleanup activities. Local governments and organizations can get involved by using the  Adopt-a-Spot online interactive mapping application
More Upcoming Events
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STAR Recycling and Composting Summit
The State of Texas Alliance for Recycling will combine its annual recycling and composting conferences this year in an  all-virtual event  October 5-7. The Rethinking Recycling event will feature online tracts and panels covering the most pertinent topics in the recycling and composting industries. More information, including registration, will be available soon.
News and Notes
Harvey Households Covered by FEMA Group Flood Insurance Need to Buy Standard Insurance by October 24

The  Federal Emergency Management Agency is reminding Texans  that FEMA provided Group Flood Insurance Policies (GFIP) to 6,704 households across counties impacted by Harvey.

These three-year policies end  Saturday, October 24,  so policyholders must plan now to switch to a standard flood insurance policy to ensure continuous coverage. Those who received a GFIP policy as part of their FEMA disaster assistance after Harvey but don't buy a standard flood insurance policy won't receive federal disaster assistance for home repairs if they experience another flood event.
Funding Sources
Funding Sources

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  and  economic recovery resources .

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

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More Information and Programs
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 .

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 Regional Data Lab Bacteria Implementation Group (BIG) , and  West Fork Watersheds Partnership .

Find the latest information about activities around the region at H-GAC's Twitter feed  @HouGalvAreaCog . H-GAC's water resources program also offers Twitter updates on water quality issues in the region  @HGACwater .
Unless otherwise noted, all meetings scheduled at H-GAC are at  3555 Timmons Lane, Houston, Texas .

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