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Upcoming Events
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Clear Creek Watershed Partnership Meetings – March 3 (Online)

On Thursday, March 3, H-GAC and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality will hold two informational meetings to introduce the Clear Creek Watershed Partnership, a new project to address water quality issues impacting communities along Clear Creek. 

The meetings are open to the public and will be held online from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. and again from 6 to 8 p.m. Registration is required.

The purpose of the meetings is to discuss water quality issues affecting communities in the Clear Creek watershed in Galveston, Harris, Brazoria, and Fort Bend counties. Pollutants in these waterways may impact public health, local economies, and the natural environment. Residents and organizations will be invited to participate in the Clear Creek Watershed Partnership, which will develop a voluntary watershed protection plan to address these challenges. The content of both meetings will be the same. 

More information about this project is available at the Clear Creek Partnership webpage or by contacting Justin Bower
Parks and Natural Areas RoundtableMarch 14 (Online)

The next Parks and Natural Areas Roundtable will be from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Monday, March 14. 

This event will be online, and registration is required.

Participants will learn about:

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

For more information, contact Andrea Tantillo.
River, Lakes, Bays ‘N Bayous Trash Bash®March 26 (In Person)

The River, Lakes, Bays ‘N Bayous Trash Bash®, Texas’s largest single-day waterway cleanup, is excited to welcome back volunteers to the 28th annual event on Saturday, March 26.

Since its inception, more than 114,000 volunteers have collected over 2,300 tons of trash, 20 tons of recyclable materials, and 11,629 tires. Find out how to volunteer and promote a healthy Galveston Bay watershed at one of their many cleanup locations on March 26. Trash Bash hopes you will come out and help “Clean it like you mean it!” ®

Find more information, including registration links and public health guidelines, at
A Celebration of Conservation:
H-GAC's Regional Conservation Initiative - March 30 (In Person)

Join H-GAC from 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 30 at H-GAC Conference Room 2B, Second Floor, for a celebration of conservation in the Houston-Galveston region.

Local government representatives and non-governmental partners working to preserve, restore, and enhance natural areas are invited to attend. Speakers will discuss a successful partnership for tree plantings, a greenway trail project, and the transformational remediation of a contaminated brownfield site into a nature preserve. There will also be time for networking.
Space may be limited, and registration is requested.  

For more information, email [email protected].
Bringing Back Main Street Roundtable April 26

Save the date for the next Bringing Back Main Street Roundtable Tuesday, April 26.

The time, location, and topic will be announced.

The Bringing Back Main Street initiative offers local communities a place to share best practices and engage in a regional dialogue about revitalizing and supporting vibrant downtown spaces. Each quarter, community leaders gather for a roundtable on topics ranging from small business support to sidewalk infrastructure.

For more information, contact Sarah Torresen.
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Trash Free Texas Offers Litter Clean Up Education Tools

The Trash Free Texas project offers resources to assist communities and organizations in planning and implementing successful litter cleanup and education efforts. If you plan to hold cleanup events or implement litter outreach in 2022, be sure to check out these new toolkits. 
The Community Cleanup Challenge Toolkit provides resources to assist local and regional governments, nonprofit organizations, and other entities interested in hosting litter cleanup events. While the resources are designed for a competition-style cleanup, many are helpful for planning and implementing standard litter cleanup activities. 

The Local Government Trash Reduction and Education Toolkit is a consolidation of resources developed to assist local and regional governments, nonprofit organizations, and other entities who are seeking to engage and educate their communities on the topics of watersheds, litter, aquatic debris, and cleanup initiatives. The toolkit includes videos, reports, infographics, links to existing campaigns, and more. 

For more information contact Kendall Guidroz.
Volunteers Needed for Trash Free Waters Plogging, Plalking, Pliking, and Pladdling Pilot Group

The project team for the Trash Free Waters project is looking for volunteers to help pilot and provide feedback on newly created resources designed to engage residents and recreationists in the activities of plogging, plalking, pliking and pladdling (picking up trash while doing recreational activities like jogging, walking, biking, or paddling). 

The project team is looking for local governments, Keep Texas Beautiful affiliates, and recreation groups willing to pilot all or specific portions of the resources and provide their feedback upon completion. The pilot period is open from late March through September with feedback collected via a survey. Participants will be asked how the provided resources helped with the promotion, planning, or implementation of recreational cleanup activities.

If you are interested in participating, contact Crysta Guzman or Kendall Guidroz at any time during the pilot period. 
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H-GAC Honors Parks and Natural Areas in Annual Awards Ceremony

Eighteen projects across the Houston-Galveston region were honored for serving as models for best management practices in parks, natural areas, and water quality as part of the H-GAC's annual Parks and Natural Areas Awards recognition ceremony. The event was held online on February 11 on Zoom. 

Winners were selected for recognition by panels of expert judges and industry professionals. 

Those recognized include: 

Planning Process / Policy Tools 
  • Winner
  • Mont Belvieu City Park Phase II & III Master Plan (City of Mont Belvieu)  
  • Honorable Mention
  • Joe Matthews Park (City of Mont Belvieu)  
  • John Paul Landing North Basin Cell (Harris County Precinct 3) 
  • Special Recognition 
  • Baytown Parks, Recreation, Trails, and Open Space Master Plan (City of Baytown Parks and Recreation Department)  
  • Super Dave’s All Abilities Park (Fort Bend County)  
  • Waller County Parks, Trails, & Open Space Master Plan (Waller County) 

Projects Over $500,000 
  • Winner
  • Brock Adventure Park (City of Houston Parks and Recreation Department) 
  • Honorable Mention
  • Prairieland Village (The Howard Hughes Corporation) 

Projects Under $500,000 
  • Winner
  • HPARD’s Riparian Restoration Initiative Pilot Project (City of Houston Parks and Recreation Department) 
  • Honorable Mention
  • 3rd Ward Chess Park (Ed Pettitt)  
  • Keep Friendswood Beautiful Pollinator Garden (Keep Friendswood Beautiful/City of Friendswood) 
  • Special Recognition 
  • Amistad Community Park Splashpad (City of Bay City)  
  • East End Lagoon (Galveston Island Park Board of Trustees)  
  • Sneed Dog Park (Westchase District) 

  • Winner
  • Outdoor Education Initiative (City of League City Parks and Recreation Department)  
  • Honorable Mention
  • Woodchase Park Programming (Westchase District) 
  • Special Recognition 
  • Adventures with Edu-Katie: An Environmental Education Video Series (City of Pearland Parks & Recreation - Natural Resources Division)
  • Friendswood Fairy Trail (Keep Friendswood Beautiful) 
Partner Announcements
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Houston APA (American Planning Association) to Launch New Awards Program in March
The Houston Section of the Texas Chapter of the American Planning Association is launching an awards program this year. The awards categories and criteria are designed to match the state and national awards programs for ease of submittal and to give people the opportunity to use local awards for promotion and when pursuing funding or other awards. 

More details about the awards, including categories and eligible project types, will be available on the Houston APA website when the call opens in mid-March. The call for awards applications will be open through the end of April. 
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Richmond Student Earns Top Prize in Video Contest
Congratulations to Bryson Magee, a student at George Bush High School, Richmond, for wining first place in the 8th-12th grade category of the annual Take Care of Texas Video Contest. Hundreds of Texas students in grades 6 – 12 created 30-second videos about how they take care of the environment, using data from the website. Contest partner Waste Management of Texas, Inc. provided the prizes: scholarships totaling $4,500 and photography equipment prizes totaling $1,800. See all the winning entries at
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Fix-A-Leak Week Webinars – March 15, 17
As part of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s WaterSense Fix-A-Leak Week (March 14-20) the City of Houston and other cities are hosting two free online workshops to help residents and business owners learn how to identify and repair minor plumbing leaks.

Workshop One from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 15, will cover indoor plumbing leaks. Workshop Two from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 17, will cover outdoor/irrigation plumbing leaks. Both workshops will include tips and tricks for saving water and money all year long. 

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, conservation projects, and economic recovery resources.

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

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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.

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Unless otherwise noted, all meetings scheduled at H-GAC are at 3555 Timmons Lane, Houston, Texas. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, H-GAC will provide reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities attending H-GAC functions. Requests should be received 72 business hours prior to the function. Contact the meeting organizer to make arrangements.

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