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The Galveston Bay Report Card: Thursday’s Show (August 20, 2015)

The Galveston Bay Report Card: Thursday’s Show (August 20, 2015)

Last week, the Galveston Bay Foundation and the Houston Advanced Research Center released the latest Galveston Bay Report Card, which grades the health of the Bay, from water quality to wildlife to human health risks, coastal change and more.

On this edition of Houston Matters, we talk with Bob Stokes, President of the Galveston Bay Foundation, and Erin Kinney, a postdoctoral research scientist at the Houston Advanced Research Center about the report card, and issues they say put Galveston Bay at risk. We also hear their recommendations for how to help preserve the Bay.

Also this hour: Houston ISD recently brought on the district’s first chief school officer for the elementary transformation office. Dr. Grenita Lathan’s primary role will be turning around HISD’s lower-performing elementary campuses. Dr. Lathan talks with Houston Matters’ Maggie Martin about her new role.

Then: According to the Pearland city website, in the last two decades, Pearland’s population jumped from 19,000 residents to more than 100,000. This has led the city to rethink its long-term planning. The city is in the process of revising its general plan. We learn more from Lata Krishnarao, Pearland’s Community Development Director.

Plus: Houston indie rock band The Wheel Workers performs tonight (Aug. 20, 2015) at Warehouse Live. The band formed in 2010 and books regular gigs around Texas. Their latest album is called CitizensLast summer, several members of The Wheel Workers sat down with Houston Matters’ Maggie Martin in the George P. Geary Performance Studio to talk about their music and play a few songs. We revisit that conversation about the band’s music and how the music scene in Houston has changed over the years.

Segments:

  • Galveston Bay Gets Bad Grade For Pollution

    The Galveston Bay Foundation recently released its latest Galveston Bay Report Card, a progress report on the state of the bay’s water and ecosystem. While foundation president Bob Stokes told News 88.7 “The water today in Galveston Bay is much cleaner that it was 30 to 40 years ago,“ he says there’s still plenty of issues of concern. While the foundation

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  • Meet HISD’s First Chief Elementary Transformation Officer

    Houston ISD recently brought on the district’s first chief school officer for the elementary transformation office. Dr. Grenita Lathan’s primary role will be turning around HISD’s elementary campuses that are deemed as lower-performing. Dr. Lathan tells Houston Matters’ Maggie Martin about her new role and how she envisions it’ll improve HISD as a district.

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  • As Pearland Booms, How Should the City’s Plans Change?

    Pearland is said to be one of the fastest growing cities in Texas. According to the Pearland City website, in the last two decades the area’s numbers have jumped from 19,000 residents to over 100,000. This has led the city to rethink how often it revisits it’s ten-year plan and they are in the process of revising their new plan

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  • How One Nonprofit Uses Bicycles as an Incentive for Learning

    Rebecca Roberts, executive director of the Houston-based non-profit Elves & More, talks about how bicycles are an incentive for students to improve their literacy.

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  • The Wheel Workers: Local Indie Rock Band Stops by Performance Studio

    Houston indie rock band The Wheel Workers performs tonight (Aug. 20, 2015) at Warehouse Live. The band formed in 2010 and books regular gigs around Texas — including a performance at South by Southwest in Austin a couple years ago. Their latest album is called Citizens. Last summer, several members of The Wheel Workers sat down with Houston Matters’ Maggie Martin in

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