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Harris County is Studying New Ways to Deal with Excess Rain Water

Posted on · What are some new ways we could deal with excess rain water in Greater Houston after we have severe weather? For one, Harris County is studying the possibility of using high-powered pumps to move excess water into aquifers – or even old oil wells. The water would be preserved for later if and when the […]

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Pumping Away Rainwater, and Actress Kate Shindle of ‘Fun Home’ — Friday’s Show (May 19, 2017)

Posted on · What are some new ways we could deal with excess rain water in Greater Houston after we have severe weather? For one, Harris County is studying the possibility of using high-powered pumps to move excess water into aquifers – or even old oil wells. The water would be preserved for later if – and when […]

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The Highs and Lows of Overseeing Flood Control in Harris County

Posted on · The executive director of the Harris County Flood Control District retires Wednesday (Aug. 31, 2016). Mike Talbott spent 35 years with the agency. As a young staff engineer, he witnessed the destruction of Hurricane Alicia in 1983. He worked his way up as the agency adopted computer modeling, digital mapping and new drainage rules for private developers. Talbott sat […]

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Exit Interviews, HCC, and Attica Locke: Wednesday’s Show (August 31, 2016)

Posted on · It’s becoming a sort of tradition: as folks step away from some long-held positions here in Greater Houston, they drop by Houston Matters for an “exit interview.” Today, we bring you two. First, Maggie Martin talks with Mike Talbott, who’s retiring from his post as executive director of the Harris County Flood Control District after […]

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Houston’s Sinking. What Gives?

Posted on · According to new data from the US Geological Survey, parts of Harris County have dropped between ten and 12 feet since the 1920s. Some argue when you lose that much ground it makes an area more prone to flooding. It’s a phenomenon known as subsidence, the gradual sinking of an area. But the Harris County […]

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Your Reactions to the Orlando Shooting: Monday’s Show (June 13, 2016)

Posted on · Candlelight vigils continue here in Houston — one by The Montrose Center and Legacy Community Health tonight (June 13, 2016) and another by the city of Houston Wednesday at sundown — in memory of 49 people killed at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Fla. early Sunday morning. It’s the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history […]