Environment Committee

Chairman: Jeff Casbeer, RPS

Brandon Tuck, Vinson & Elkins LLP

Call for meeting times and location: 281-875-0660

2017 GOALS

The Committee seeks to accomplish the following:

  • Keep North Houston Association (NHA) members abreast of environmental issues and regulations important to communities in North Houston and surrounding areas.
  • Identify and support measures to implement appropriate strategies that improve North Houston and the surrounding areas.
  • Foster communication among government entities, resources agencies, and community and business interests.
  • Strive to ensure the committee and its constituent members receive information covering the many sides of an issue to better position them for informed and balanced recommendations and decision-making.

OBJECTIVES

Advocate for Environmental Issues

  • As appropriate, conduct special events, provide resolutions and letters, and participate in meetings with agencies, legislators, or other entities.
  • Identify, monitor and comment, as necessary, on proposed local, state or federal agencies’ environmental initiatives, regulations, and legislation.

Land Development

  • In concert with the NHA Development Trends Committee, enhance the membership’s understanding of and advocate for Low Impact Development (LID), green building, and sustainable building/development.

Air Quality

  • Coordinate with Houston-Galveston Area Council to provide updates on the State Implementation Plan (SIP).

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Water

  • Monitor and report on proposed water projects resulting from Proposition 6, the State Water Implementation Fund.
  • Quality and Resources - Monitor efforts by local/regional agencies to ensure a long-term, adequate, high-quality and economical water supply for the North Houston area. These areas/actions may include:
    • Conversion to surface water within unincorporated areas of Harris County, in compliance with the Harris-Galveston Subsidence District regulatory plan, and, in Montgomery County, in compliance with Lone Star Groundwater Conservation District regulatory plan.
    • Programs and policies of the City of Houston, Region H Water Planning Group, Harris-Galveston Subsidence District, and Texas Commission on Environmental Quality’s Implementation of Texas Water Quality Certification Rules.
  • Flooding/Drainage - Monitor plans for flood and drainage improvements and regulations by Harris County, Harris County Flood Control District, and other local agencies, cities, improvement districts, and coalitions.
  • Educate Committee on water conservation, water re-use and recycling, and related energy industry research (including, for example, efforts to address water use for hydraulic fracturing).

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Parks and Recreation

  • Participate in and support the Greens Bayou Coalition, the Cypress Creek Flood Control Coalition, and other organizations identified by the Committee.
  • Advocate for continued Spring Creek Greenway Project development by both Montgomery and Harris counties.
  • Advocate for funding agencies to continue efforts in park and landscape development.
  • Advocate for a county-wide efforts to develop our bayou system as a recreational amenity, primarily with trails.

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