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Introduction to the Air Alliance API

By Niha Pereira / November 1, 2018

The State of Texas collects a lot of important data about our environment. The Texas Commission for Environmental Quality (TCEQ) is the state agency in charge of measuring and regulating pollutants. The scientific data that they collect tell us a lot about the environment, but it’s difficult to access. We collaborated with Air Alliance Houston…

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Water Risk and Planning: Assessing Water Stress with the Water Risk Atlas

By Sachin Shah / July 28, 2015

Water stress is growing worldwide. Over the past 10 years, water stress is more severe in China, South Asia, and the Western United States.  Study after study proves that this increased stress is attributed to growing demand for freshwater and supply shortages. Shifting global precipitation patterns from climate change are the culprits. The graph below…

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Green Nonprofits: Connecting Houstonians

By Sachin Shah / July 7, 2015

There is no lack of environmental issues in Houston including floods, droughts and periods of poor air quality. Luckily, Houston has engaged citizens that build awareness and stimulate discussion about environmental issues in the region. I sat down with Rachel Powers, the executive director of the Citizens’ Environmental Coalition. She was gracious enough to talk to…

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The Case for Open Water Data

By Sachin Shah / May 5, 2015

We collect a lot of water data.  From utility districts to the USGS, there are all sorts of agencies spending millions of dollars to collect information on streamflow, groundwater, subsidence, and soil moisture.  Then they store this data in siloed databases. But these databases don’t speak the same language. Access to water data across states…

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Bayou Greenways 2020: Transforming Parks in Houston

By Sachin Shah / May 27, 2015

The Houston Parks Board is embarking on an exciting capital project: Bayou Greenways 2020. It will significantly expand and enhance Houston’s parks system, creating a continuous network of 150 miles of parks and trails along Houston’s bayous.  I sat down with Roksan Okan-Vick, the executive director of the Houston Parks Board, to talk about Bayou…

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Mapping Environmental Justice: EPA goes Spatial

By Sachin Shah / June 17, 2015

If you have ever wondered where to find Houston’s landfills, look no further than the new environmental justice web tool released by the U.S.  Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) earlier this month. On June 10, 2015, EPA released EJSCREEN, an environmental justice screening and mapping tool.  EJSCREEN uses high resolution maps with demographic and environmental data…

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