COVID-19 – Impacts on Compliance with and Enforcement of Environmental Laws

Have environmental laws changed during COVID-19? Yes, some temporary changes were recently made to both federal and state environmental policies in response to COVID-19. On March 26, 2020, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the agency’s exercise of its enforcement discretion for noncompliance due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The policy applies retroactively beginning on … Continue reading COVID-19 – Impacts on Compliance with and Enforcement of Environmental Laws

City of Houston Launches $15 Million COVID-19 Rental Assistance Program

On May 6, Houston City Council members approved a $15 million rental relief program to help landlords and renters make up for rent losses due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Funding for the City’s rental assistance program comes through the Federal CARES Act. The program will cover up to $1,056 per month in rent expenses for … Continue reading City of Houston Launches $15 Million COVID-19 Rental Assistance Program

Hurricane Preparedness, Part 1: Knowing Your Flood Risk

Causing billions of dollars in damage annually, flooding is the biggest threat to property and lives during a hurricane or tropical storm.  Storm surges can be deadly, and a hurricane’s drenching rains can have profound impacts on communities located further inland, even 100 miles from the coast. While you can never be sure whether your … Continue reading Hurricane Preparedness, Part 1: Knowing Your Flood Risk

Celebrating 50 Years of Earth Day

Image: https://www.earthday.org/ April 22, 2020 marks the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day, celebrated worldwide annually since 1970. Earth Day began as a grassroots movement to raise awareness about our shared dependence on the earth's environment for our lives and health, and our shared responsibility to protect it.  Earth Day sparked the establishment of the U.S. … Continue reading Celebrating 50 Years of Earth Day

Community Webinar: How to Write Comments on the Proposed Seaport Oil Terminal (SPOT) Deepwater Port Application

Community members have a unique voice when it comes to commenting on large infrastructure projects which can impact community health, safety, and livelihoods. The public comment process provides an opportunity for community members to share their personal experiences and concerns about a potential project undergoing the environmental review process under the National Environmental Policy Act. In … Continue reading Community Webinar: How to Write Comments on the Proposed Seaport Oil Terminal (SPOT) Deepwater Port Application