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How Healthy Is Galveston Bay? Groups Issue Annual Report Card

Posted on · The Galveston Bay Foundation and the Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC) are releasing the latest Galveston Bay Report Card today (Aug. 10, 2016). It’s an annual report that grades the health of the bay based on a number of factors, from water quality to coastal changes. Houston Matters producer Maggie Martin sat down with Heather Schiappa with the Galveston […]

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Galveston Bay, Electing Judges and Monty Python: Wednesday’s Show (August 10, 2016)

Posted on · The Galveston Bay Foundation and the Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC) release the latest Galveston Bay Report Card today (Aug. 10, 2016). It’s an annual report that grades the health of the bay based on a number of factors, including water quality and coastal changes. On this edition of Houston Matters, Heather Schiappa with the Galveston Bay Foundation and […]

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An Update on the San Jacinto Waste Pits Superfund Site

Posted on · In 2005, Texas Parks and Wildlife discovered what became known as the San Jacinto Waste Pits in Pasadena, where Champion Paper Mill had once contracted with a company to dispose of industrial waste. That company chose to place that waste in pits along the San Jacinto river. In 2008, the Environmental Protection Agency declared the […]

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GOP Convention Wrap-Up: Friday’s Show (July 22, 2016)

Posted on · The 2016 Republican National Convention concluded last night (July 21, 2016), with Donald Trump accepting his party’s nomination for President. On this edition of Houston Matters, News 88.7’s politics and government reporter Andrew Schneider joins us from Cleveland to discuss the Texas GOP delegation’s week. (Above: Texas delegates cast their votes on the floor of the […]

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Galveston Bay Gets Bad Grade For Pollution

Posted on · The Galveston Bay Foundation recently released its latest Galveston Bay Report Card, a progress report on the state of the bay’s water and ecosystem. While foundation president Bob Stokes told News 88.7 “The water today in Galveston Bay is much cleaner that it was 30 to 40 years ago,“ he says there’s still plenty of issues […]

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Galveston Bay Oil Spill: One Year Later

Posted on · Monday marks the one year anniversary of when a barge in Galveston Bay struck a ship and sprung a leak, spilling about 170-thousand gallons of fuel oil into the Gulf of Mexico and onto nearby beaches. Hundreds of birds were covered in oil, many of which died as a result. We’ll look back at last […]

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What’s the Latest in the Fallout From the Houston Ship Channel Collision?

Posted on · A few weeks ago, on a foggy morning in Greater Houston, the Carla Maersk collided with another vessel, the Liberian bulk carrier Conti Peridot, near Morgan’s Point. The ruptured tanker spilled an unknown amount of a gasoline additive into the busy waterway. A five-mile stretch of the Ship Channel was closed for days. We’ll talk […]

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Ship Channel Collisions: Monday’s Show (March 23, 2015)

Posted on · A year ago Monday (3/23), a barge in Galveston Bay struck a ship and sprung a leak. Up to 168,000 gallons of marine fuel oil spilled into the bay, and the Houston Ship Channel was closed for a few days between Galveston Island and Bolivar Peninsula. Fast forward to two weeks ago – a foggy morning in […]

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Protecting the Texas Coast from Storms: It’s a Year-Round Job

Posted on · Hurricane season may be over, but preparing for the next big tropical storm is a year-long process. Among the groups engaged in that effort is the Gulf Coast Community Protection and Recovery District. The GCCPRD develops plans to help Galveston, Harris, and other area counties to alleviate damage from storms like 2008’s Hurricane Ike. The […]

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Storm Surge Suppression, Colic, and Sports Monday: Houston Matters for Monday, Jan. 5, 2015

Posted on · Hurricane season may be over, but preparing for the next big tropical storm is a year-long process. Among the groups engaged in that effort is the Gulf Coast Community Protection and Recovery District. The GCCPRD develops plans to help Galveston, Harris, and other area counties to alleviate damage from storms like 2008’s Hurricane Ike. The […]

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What’s the Effect of the Oil Spill on Galveston Bay?

Posted on · On Saturday, a barge in Galveston Bay struck a ship and sprung a leak. While the barge was carrying a million gallons of marine fuel oil, officials believe just one tank was breached, which would suggest no more than 168,000 gallons spilled into the bay. As crews skimmed oil from the water, and containment booms were […]

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On Galveston Bay, There’s More to Fishing Than Bait and Tackle

Posted on · The Houston region has a wealth of opportunities for recreational fishing. From ponds to lakes and out to the Gulf of Mexico, there’s no shortage of places to fish. And if you’re a beginner or don’t own the equipment you need, there are hundreds of guides to choose from. Houston Matters’ Maggie Martin met up […]