G. Mathias Kondolf climbed up the muddy banks of Buffalo Bayou with a small smile on his face. Kondolf, one of the leading fluvial geomorphologists in the world (he's a river scientist) and one of the most vocal opponents to a method of river restructuring called natural channel design, was brought ... More >>
A handful of people clustered in the dim hallway outside room 100 in the building that houses the Harris County Flood Control District. The clock nosed to 2 p.m. and everyone allowed in the meeting -- the members of the Harris County Flood Control District Task Force, each of whom are allowed one ... More >>
The past several years of Greg Abbott's political career have been one long, drawn-out pissing match with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. For an avowed tort-reformer, our Attorney General-turned GOP candidate for governor sure loves a good lawsuit when the feds are in the crosshairs, famou ... More >>
Plans to reroute Buffalo Bayou will rescue an unstable waterway. Or they will destroy one of the last natural stretches of riparian forest on the bayou. Consensus seems to have taken a hike.
Though it's probably no worse than current pop, rock or hip-hop, you know country music is in sorry shape when someone from Entertainment Weekly goes after it. A few days before Christmas, EW critic Grady W. Smith posted a video to YouTube that boils down dozens of 2013 country hits to a handful of ... More >>
Will the Next Hurricane Unleash the Dioxin-filled San Jacinto Superfund Site?
Houston wasn't hit by a hurricane this season, but there are questions about what will happen to the San Jacinto Waste Pit superfund site the next time a hurricane roars through town. The highly toxic Environmental Protection Agency Superfund site has been sitting in the middle of the San Jacinto R ... More >>
Think of the government shutdown as you would a hurricane. Stock up on canned food, sit tight and wait it out. Evacuate if you must, but you're going to have to travel pretty far to get out of this mess. The government has been getting a lot of (much deserved) grief over the shutdown, and I was o ... More >>
Environmentalists and landowners battle to stop the Keystone XL pipeline and its load of crude from flowing across Texas rivers and aquifers.
Back in June, we looked at how extensive new development along the Grand Parkway is contributing to a scary scenario where the Addicks and Barker dams could fail with Katrina-like effects. Now a federal judge has agreed with us, kinda. U.S. District Judge Keith Ellison has issued a 42-page memora ... More >>
They've already been labeled "high risk." Experts say the resulting damage could be bigger than Katrina in New Orleans.
Last week's rains and floods might be child's play compared to what could be in store for Houston if Addicks and Barker dams were to crumble into dust. Located near the intersection of Interstate 10 and Beltway 8, the two flood-control mechanisms have been at an "extremely high risk of catastrophi ... More >>
More than 200 soldiers are suing KBR for knowingly exposing them to toxic chemicals in Iraq, whose effects started with nose bleeds and could end with cancer. KBR says that didn't happen. But even if it did, the company isn't responsible. Taxpayers are.
In 2003, just weeks after the U.S. declared war on Iraq, workers for Houston-based KBR were busy trying to restore the invaded nation's oil industry. Under a contract with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, part of KBR's job was to restore a dilapidated water-injection facility in the south. America ... More >>
Kathy Patrick wields some hefty clout out of her beauty shop/book store
After Ryan Sumstad was charged with murdering his wife, his secrets were exposed.
The Army Corps can issue its permitA federal judge has lifted an injunction against construction of a controversial West End development on Galveston Island, the U.S. Attorney's office has announced.Judge Sim Lake lifted an injunction that had prevented the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from issui ... More >>
With the swine flu already on our minds, the last thing we want to worry about is more flooding this weekend from possible thunderstorm showers. We'd much rather spend the weekend out celebrating the Rockets' first playoff-round win in over a decade relaxing on the patio of some Mexican restaurant, ... More >>
UPI (Motto: "Yes, we're still around") is reporting that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has awarded a "follow-on" contract to Houston's KBR (Halliburton) to continue work on a convoy supply camp in Iraq.And why not?It's not like KBR has senators demanding investigations into allegations that soldi ... More >>
Maintaining Texas beaches is a costly proposition. We're not talking about litter; we mean erosion. But a new study by the director of research and development for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says we better get on the job. Writing for the American Shore & Beach Preservation Association, which ... More >>
A New Birth Brass Band set at the Volcano makes Racket long for a new and improved tinfoil hat
A scorched-earth management philosophy is sucking the life out of our region's wetlands
Birders and the port are new buds seeking to block the proposed toll span at Bolivar
Jon C. Vanden Bosch
Casualties aren't easy to count in the continuing battle of Bayport
The best and worst from the Brown days
A bridge to Bolivar might be good for business -- but not for the birds
It sounds so simple: FEMA purchasing homes flooded by Tropical Storm Allison. Then come the bureaucratic blizzards and personal angst over giving up and getting out.
Saturday, February 23
The City of Houston requires developers in the floodplain to elevate and mitigate -- build houses on higher ground and dig detention ponds for runoff. Except, not always.
Cover-ups, Firing Line
The shootout over gun club safety
Clear Creek is on the rise, and local flood-protection methods have been helpless against it. Soggy residents, tired of being perpetual victims, are ready for a fight.
Luke and Rachel Watson have lost most of their sight. They eventually will lose all motor skills. Their parents are losing sleep -- do the adults tell their kids they're dying of Batten disease?
Will naturalists rid the wetlands of a wily immigrant's sex clubs?
Corps beliefs about wetlands stall TxDOT's paving plans
Will the state be able to continue to review environmentally sensitive projects, or will it cede power to the feds?
The life-suffocating Salvinia molesta has entered Texas waterways. It's green, fast and deadly.
The Sierra Club got paid off, but a developer's bizarre problems continue
Local residents unite to fight the mountain of landfill trash headed their way
For years, homeowners, developers, environmentalists and the federal government have wrangled over a flood-control plan for Clear Creek. Now a compromise is in view -- but the creek's future is murkier than ever.
Last fall, environmentalists thought they'd finally put a stake through the heart of the West Side Airport. But the mayoral race seems to have given it a new lease on life.
In its quest for a Municipal golf course, Lake jackson learned a valuable lesson: Never buy land without checking it out first. Unfortunately, the lesson came six years too late.
Encroaching development and bureaucratic inertia are jeopardizing Sheldon Reservoir, one of east Harris County's last natural outposts
How many winters more will Arctic waterfowl make their 10,000-year-old journey to the western edge of Houston?