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The Galveston Bay Report Card: Thursday’s Show (August 20, 2015)

Last week, the Galveston Bay Foundation and the Houston Advanced Research Center released the latest Galveston Bay Report Card, which grades the health of the Bay, from water quality to wildlife to human health risks, coastal change and more. On this edition of Houston Matters, we talk with Bob Stokes, President of the Galveston Bay […]

Last week, the Galveston Bay Foundation and the Houston Advanced Research Center released the latest Galveston Bay Report Card, which grades the health of the Bay, from water quality to wildlife to human health risks, coastal change and more.

On this edition of Houston Matters, we talk with Bob Stokes, President of the Galveston Bay Foundation, and Erin Kinney, a postdoctoral research scientist at the Houston Advanced Research Center about the report card, and issues they say put Galveston Bay at risk. We also hear their recommendations for how to help preserve the Bay.

Also this hour: Houston ISD recently brought on the district’s first chief school officer for the elementary transformation office. Dr. Grenita Lathan’s primary role will be turning around HISD’s lower-performing elementary campuses. Dr. Lathan talks with Houston Matters’ Maggie Martin about her new role.

Then: According to the Pearland city website, in the last two decades, Pearland’s population jumped from 19,000 residents to more than 100,000. This has led the city to rethink its long-term planning. The city is in the process of revising its general plan. We learn more from Lata Krishnarao, Pearland’s Community Development Director.

Plus: Houston indie rock band The Wheel Workers performs tonight (Aug. 20, 2015) at Warehouse Live. The band formed in 2010 and books regular gigs around Texas. Their latest album is called CitizensLast summer, several members of The Wheel Workers sat down with Houston Matters’ Maggie Martin in the George P. Geary Performance Studio to talk about their music and play a few songs. We revisit that conversation about the band’s music and how the music scene in Houston has changed over the years.

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