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Posts published in “Day: June 7, 2018”

EPA Holds Community meeting in Highlands

RETIRING PROJECT MANAGER GARY MILLER received an award from the San Jacinto River Coalition for his efforts to clean the river.

Waste Pits update; questions and comments answered

The federal EPA agency came to Highlands last Tuesday night, to keep open the communication with the community as promised by their director, Scott Pruitt. The last time this agency, responsible for the Superfund Site in the San Jacinto River, met with the public was last December.

There were no major revelations or changes from information that had been issued previously. Project managers Gary Miller, and Gary Baumgarten presented slides that were essentially the history of the waste pits and the efforts by EPA to clean them up.

On hand for the meeting were a number of officials, including Pct. 2 commissioner Jack Morman, and County Attorney Vince Ryan. Morman spoke to the crowd of about 100 persons, promising to continue a dialogue with the community, and testing of water quality.

EPA project manager Gary Miller revealed that he is retiring in 4 months, but will hand over the project to Gary Baumgarten, who was present. He was asked to give a summary of his experience, and he said he had been with EPA for 30 years, and since 1992 had primarily worked on cleaning up Superfund Sites.

Janetta Coats of the EPA said that they were working on a revised Community Involvement Plan, and local residents would be asked to participate with comments, questions, and information. She said that the EPA is committed to dialogue and collaboration with community members, and urged anyone that wanted included to contact her or sign a sheet at the meeting. Contact Coats at coats.janetta @epa.gov, or 1-800-533-3508.

In his presentation, Gary Miller said that the EPA had reached a settlement with the PRP or Potentially Responsible Parties in April 2018, for the completion of a Remedial Design. He indicated that the EPA, the TCEQ, the Corps of Engineers, and the PRPs are meeting to outline the technical requirements of the design. They are also preparing a work plan to perform sampling and geotechnical investigations in support of the design. He noted that on-site testing and sampling was actually taking place this week.

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Cook-off promises best rodeo yet

First Place Tailride the crew on horseback and the ones aboard presented
a fine vista for judges last Saturday.

CROSBY – The rodeo here begins with the cook-off, and the cook-off contains the rodeo parade. Last weekend, both occurred, and this week it is time for the show – cowboy sports and concerts.

Bag of Donuts led the concerts this year, and they were as outlandish as during the regular rodeo last season. Fans packed the parking lots.

This year Coy Hearn headed up the parade that went the traditional route north on FM 2100 and went under the Overpass at Kernohan Street.

Eddy Glover presided over 90 teams in the cook-off, a record. This year, party and great food were a most successful combination. Of course, Sony Armstrong is president and Major Rick Larkin is Chairman of the Crosby Fair & Rodeo.

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Agencies begin recovery in East Harris

Local areas designated for recovery relief.

CROSBY – Harris County has begun the process of recovery for some of the hardest hit by Hurricane Harvey and at the Crosby Community Center last Thursday many agencies that aid in the recovery of those hurt by the storm were in attendance.

The impacts of Harvey are fully known to authorities: millions of gallons of untreated sewage overflows, doctors reporting increases of stomach issues and skin infections are documented, flooded refineries and superfund sites commercial and industrial facilities were swept into the general communities with flood water, 90 incidents were reported in Greater Houston-Galveston involving 700,000 gallons of pollutants and more than 38,000 pounds of air pollutants were released, mold in homes is an ongoing danger. All of these dangers may seem abstractions however if one finds oneself homeless, losing their home or left in an emotional state too despondent to keep up the fight to survive.

On hand that day were federal agents with FEMA. Harris County Community Services Department, Resource Navigators social workers were there, and various workers with Harris County Government. Lone Star Legal Aid had representative present. Texans Crisis Counseling Program had therapists in attendance.

The best news for many attending is that if one were flooded as a result of the Spring Floods of 2016 or Harvey a recovery program yet to be announced may be available. Those interested should visit www.csd.hctx.net and fill out the online survey or call (832) 927-4961, leave a message and wait for a return call.

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$2.5 billion bond issue on Aug. 25 ballot

Harris County Judge Ed Emmett (right) and Russell Poppe, executive director of the Harris County Flood Control District (left), held a press conference in Houston on May 30, 2018, to provide details on the flood control bond program the county is planning.

EMMETT ANNOUNCES DETAILS OF UPCOMING FLOOD BOND ISSUE AND SERIES OF 23 COMMUNITY MEETINGS

Harris County has begun scheduling a series of 23 community engagement meetings to solicit public input on an expected $2.5 billion bond issue that would help reduce much of the catastrophic flooding that has struck the area in recent years, County Judge Ed Emmett said Wednesday.

Officials with the Harris County Flood Control District are scheduling public meetings in each of the county’s 23 watersheds to describe some of the projects the county is proposing and to solicit residents’ input on which projects should be included. Flood Control officials also have created an interactive website detailing the status of more than 150 proposed and current projects throughout the county.

Emmett joined Flood Control District Executive Director Russ Poppe in announcing the initiatives during a Wednesday afternoon news conference at TranStar. Poppe laid out opportunities for a series of channel improvements and repairs, floodplain buyouts, and creation of greenspace and detention basins throughout the entire county.

Some of these projects have been in the works for several years, but have been stalled by a lack of money.

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