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

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 […]

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 district is in the midst of conducting a storm surge suppression study, which would offer a cost-effective, efficient system to reduce flood damage caused by storm surge. The group recently conducted public meetings seeking community feedback.

On this edition of Houston Matters, we learn more about the process from the GCCPRD’s President, former Harris County Judge Robert Eckels.

Then, we welcome your questions for Anja Borski, who coordinates the Galveston Bay Foundation’s annual report card. Each year, the foundation partners with the Houston Advanced Research Center to assess the health of Galveston Bay. Their latest findings — the report card — will be released later this spring. As part of the process, project leaders want to hear concerns from coastal residents. We discuss what concerns have been heard so far, and find out how they’ll be factored into the final report card.

Also: We learn about a study being conducted in Houston into whether a probiotic might help treat colicky babies. Houston Matters’ Maggie Martin talks Tamara Carter, a Houston mother who enrolled her child in the study, and with Dr. Marc Rhoades, a professor and director of pediatric gastroenterology at UTHealth Medical School, and director of the endoscopy laboratory at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital.

And: CultureMap Houston sports columnist MK Bower joins us to discuss the latest developments in the Houston Rockets season and a busy weekend in the NFL playoffs, including a controversial supposed non-call helping to propel the Dallas Cowboys to victory.

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