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H-GAC Seeks Information on Conservation Projects in the Region

As part of our Regional Conservation Initiative, H-GAC will actively assist with preparing grant applications, convening stakeholders, and otherwise supporting the implementation of priority conservation projects across the 13-county H-GAC region. To guide our efforts, we are collecting information about planned conservation projects from local governments and non-governmental organizations and categorizing the projects in a priority list.

There is no funding associated with this project priority list, but selected projects will be eligible to receive H-GAC staff assistance.

See the current priority project list and learn more about our work online. The list will be updated quarterly. 

Staff encourages you to submit your conservation projects by Friday, October 14, or email [email protected] with any questions.
Upcoming Events
Parks and Natural Areas Roundtable October 10 (Online)

The next Parks and Natural Areas Roundtable will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Monday, October 10.

The event will be online, and registration is required.

The topic will be “Building a Park from Scratch,” and speakers have been invited to present information about planning and implementation of parks projects. Confirmed speakers include Eric Heppen from Harris County Precinct 3 and Jed Aplaca from the City of Pasadena.

We are also still planning a field trip to Rick Rice Park in November or December. Please complete this survey with your preference of day and time if you’d like to join us at the park.

The roundtable meets the second Monday of July and October with field trips typically scheduled in the spring and fall. The group is open to anyone who is interested in participating.

For more information, contact Andrea Tantillo.
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Clean Waters Initiative Workshop October 21 (In-Person)

Join us for H-GAC's Clean Waters Initiative workshop from 9 to noon, Friday, October 21.

The event will be at Clark Henry Park, 7804 Equador Street, Jersey Village, and registration is requested.

Participants will see a live demonstration of techniques used by the Clean Rivers Program regional monitoring team to assess water quality. H-GAC staff will also share information on where to access the data collected by the program and discuss the ways water quality data is used throughout the region.

For more information, contact Rachel Windham.
Rural and Small Town Downtown Revitalization Summit October 25 (In-Person)

Join us for H-GAC's Rural and Small Town Downtown Revitalization Summit from 9 to noon, Tuesday, October 25.

The event will be at H-GAC, Second Floor Conference Rooms, and registration is requested.

Participants will consider recent trends in tourism and how visitors from out-of-town (and in town) can be beneficial to downtown revitalization. 

For more information, contact Andrea Tantillo.
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Houston GIS DayNovember 16 (In-Person)

Save the date for the 2022 Houston Area GIS Day on Wednesday, November 16, at the University of Houston – Clear Lake campus, 2700 Bay Area Blvd, Bayou Building, Houston. The Houston Area GIS Day is a free, one-day celebration of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for local GIS professionals, universities, high school students, and teachers.

This year’s activities include:
  • Live Educational Presentations for Students
  • Live Geospatial Presentations for Professionals
  • College and University GIS Program Exhibitors
  • Geospatial Exhibitors and Vendors
  • Student GIS Activities and Games
  • Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA) Texas "Mappy Hour" Post-Event
  • Professional Map Contests and More!

For more event information including sponsor/exhibitor opportunities, speaker opportunities, map contest registration, and general attendance registration and information, please visit the links for each specific part of the event or visit the 2022 Houston Area GIS Day website.
Fall Planning Workshop December 2 (Online)

Save the Date for H-GAC's annual Fall Planning Workshop from 9 to noon, Friday, December 2.

The event will be online, and registration is required.

The topic will be Accommodating Your Community: ADA Requirements for Local Governments. Experts will discuss Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) rules, policies, and best practices for making built environments and engagement accessible for all.

For more information, contact Cheryl Mergo.
Partner Announcements
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Take Care of Texas Student Video Contest
The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) invites students in 6th through 12th grades to enter the 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 2, and the public will have the opportunity to pick their favorite videos January 17-23, 2023. There will be six winners. Waste Management of Texas, Inc. will provide prizes—gift cards and scholarships.  
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Clean Coast Texas Offers Learning Modules for Stormwater Management, Reducing Water Pollution
The Clean Coast Texas initiative of the Texas General Land Office is offering free learning modules for managing stormwater and reducing water pollution. The learning modules provide knowledge and tools to promote and implement green stormwater infrastructure projects. The modules are self-paced, and successful completion of all three can be submitted for CEUs for the Texas Board of Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors or the Texas Floodplain Management Association.
More Upcoming Events
Sustainable Blue-Green Infrastructure and Urban LandscapeOctober 7 
Texas AgriLife Extension and Harris County present Sustainable Blue-Green Infrastructure and the Urban Landscape from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Friday, October 7, at Houston Community College, 22910 Colonial Parkway, Katy. Spend the day learning best management practices and plant selection for blue-green infrastructure landscapes in the urban setting. Tickets are $50, and registration is required.
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STAR 2022 Texas Recycling Summit Set for October 12-13 in Lake Texoma
Register today to attend the State of Texas Alliance for Recycling (STAR) 24th Annual Texas Recycling Summit. The event will be in person from October 12 to 14 at Tanglewood Resort, Lake Texoma. The in-person event will include speakers and workshop sessions, the Texas Environmental Leadership Awards dinner, networking, the STAR North Texas Annual Golf Tournament, fishing adventures, games and more.
DEA National Takeback
Drug Enforcement Administration National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is October 29
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) National Prescription Drug Take Back Day will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, October 29. Check the DEA website in early October for area drop-off locations. The collection event provides a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications and environmental contamination. Law enforcement agencies interested in hosting a collection site should call the point of contact for this area.
America Recycles Day is November 15
For more than two decades, communities have come together on November 15 to celebrate America Recycles Day. Find tools for organizing or attending special events online
Funding Sources
Funding Sources

H-GAC's Community and Environmental Planning Department 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 conservation projects.

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.
Funding Sources

The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT)administers federal funding programs, including Federal Highway Administration funds relating to TxDOT’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Program and Federal Transit Administration funds for transit in Texas. These funds are for specific purposes and have separate eligibility and funding requirements. An upcoming call for projects is the Transportation Alternatives Set-aside (TA) Program, targeted to open this month.

All content, including links to websites, is for informational purposes only. Users of this content are responsible for checking its accuracy, currency, and suitability.
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, and Trash Bash.
Conservation Note of the Month

Wetlands in the Houston-Galveston region are especially effective at absorbing stormwater. They provided over $3 billion in flood protection services that would otherwise have to be performed by engineered stormwater facilities.
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.

Banner Photo: The Texas Department of Transportation ferry transports motorists between Galveston Island and Bolivar Peninsula.

Would you like us to consider featuring your municipality, program, or regional photo on the C&E Planning Update banner? Just forward your picture to Andrea Tantillo, along with some information about the subject and the photographer, and you might see it in a future month's newsletter.
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