HARC's Jim Lester discusses the newly launched collaboration with HTC. “Our partnership with HTC North gives HARC a significant opportunity to advance real solutions to sustainability problems," said Jim Lester.
In its first Galveston Bay Report Card, HARC and the Galveston Bay Foundation gave the bay a “C” grade, indicating it is “adequate for now” but conditions will deteriorate without further action. “The overall grade of a C for Galveston Bay is not the end, but just the beginning,” HARC Vice President Lisa Gonzalez said in a news release.
Researchers have handed out a report card on the health of Galveston bay, suggesting the water needs some improvement. The bay received a “C” rating. The Galveston bay foundation and the Houston Advanced Research Center says pollution is a big problem. Other areas evaluated included wildlife habitats and health risks to humans.
The oil-spill settlement will be utilized to restore underwater seagrass and to acquire acres of Clear Creek to serve as a buffer to help reduce the amount of pollution entering Galveston Bay. According the recent report card issued by Galveston Bay Foundation and HARC, action is needed to prevent more assault on the bay.
HARC's Jim Lester and Erin Kinney discuss the release of the Galveston Bay Report Card. "It's not dire, it's not a lost cause, but if we want to keep this going in the right direction we need to take action," said Erin Kinney.
HARC's mobile air quality lab is part of a month long study to gather real-time data on air pollution in Manchester, which is one of Houston's oldest neighborhoods. "This is literally a CAT scan" of the air, Olaguer said. "It will lead to more transparency."
HARC's Jay Olaguer, program director of air quality science, said that the state’s stationary monitors are at a disadvantage because they can’t move around. “You’d have to be very lucky with a single stationary monitor to catch a plume,” Olaguer said.
“The use of this state-of-the-art gaming software and graphics application is intended to familiarize users with the best practices associated with hydraulic fracturing, as well as increase the public’s understanding of these operations,” Rich Haut said.
“When people dig into the matter a lot deeper than they have, they will find that oil and gas activities do have a significant impact on ozone attainment,” said Jay Olaguer on the impact of natural gas extraction in the Barnett Shale.
Three years ago this week, crews capped and sealed two pits of paper mill sludge that had long poisoned the San Jacinto River..."The cap has gone a long way to reduce short-term risk," states Jennifer Ronk.
“It's like death by a thousand cuts, especially when you combine the oil spills with all of the other stressors to the bay,” says Lisa Gonzalez on impact of the oil spill into Galveston Bay on March 22, 2014.
The heavy oil spilled into Galveston Bay causes concern for the nation's great natural nurseries. HARC's analysis reveals that oil spills are typically small, averaging about 100 gallons per incident. The latest spill is the largest in the Ship Channel since a facility leaked 70,000 gallons of bunker fuel in 2000.
A barge that spilled 168,000 gallons (635,000 liters) of oil Saturday into Galveston Bay is threatening a refuge that's crucial habitat for thousands of birds, experts say. National Georgraphic looks to HARC's Galveston Bay Oil Spill Environmental Overview Mapping Application for critical information on the spill.