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From Quality to Supply: Conference Focuses on Water for Texas

Posted on · Later this month (Jan. 23-27, 2017), policymakers and conservationists will gather in Austin for the Water for Texas 2017 conference to discuss all things water-related in the state. One of the speakers at the event is Luke Metzger of Environment Texas. He tells us what his main concerns are related to water quality and supply […]

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Texas Water Issues, and Racial Disparities in Breast Cancer Screening: Wednesday’s Show (January 11, 2017)

Posted on · Later this month (Jan. 23-27, 2017), policymakers and conservationists will gather in Austin for the Water for Texas 2017 conference to discuss all things water-related in the state. One of the speakers at the event is Luke Metzger of Environment Texas. He tells us what his main concerns are related to water quality and supply […]

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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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Why Well Water Could Pose Threat to Pregnant Women

Posted on · By law, the public water supply is routinely tested to ensure levels of various chemicals aren’t too high. That’s not the case, though, with private wells, which some residents in the more rural areas of the region use as their source for drinking water. To learn more about water quality issues faced by those areas, we […]

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Sewers and Wells: Thursday’s Show (June 30, 2016)

Posted on · Water quality can be a challenge no matter where you live. In the city of Houston, aging sewer pipes could lead to higher water bills for many Houstonians. Outside of town, in more rural areas, some use private wells. But that well water isn’t regulated or routinely tested. On this edition of Houston Matters, we […]

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Ron Hickman and Rodney Ellis on Harris County Jail: Tuesday’s Show (June 14, 2016)

Posted on · Five inmates have died in the Harris County Jail so far in 2016. One recent death, due to head trauma, occurred as the inmate was being processed in a holding cell. The incident sparked an inquiry from the U.S. Justice Department, amid recently announced criminal justice reform efforts in Harris County aimed at keeping people out […]

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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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Checking in on The State of Houston’s Environment

Posted on · We continue our week-long series exploring “The State of Houston” with a conversation about the environment in Greater Houston. We talk with News 88.7 Energy and Environment Reporter Dave Fehling. We discuss concerns about clean air and clean water, new efforts to monitor chemical releases, ongoing disputes over landfills and other encroachment of our urban landscape into the rural […]

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How Clean is Houston’s Drinking Water?

Posted on · One weekend just a few weeks back, hundreds of Houston residents complained about the taste and smell of their tap water. The City of Houston said the odor and taste was a result of increased levels of naturally-occurring compounds in untreated surface water supplies. The Public Works Departments said, despite the unappealing taste and odor, the […]