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The October meeting will be conducted via Zoom.
(no in-person meeting)
Starts 6:30 pm for social time; 7:00 pm for program.
Here is the link for the meeting on Zoom:
October 20 Program:
The Lubrizol Accident of August 15th, and Related Chemical Release Issues
Dr. Kevin Beard and Loretta Beard will discuss a recent chemical release at the Lubrizol Corp plant in La Porte, the impacts on Bay Area communities, and efforts to better inform the public about such incidents.
Mr. Craig Hill, the Emergency Response Manager with Harris County Pollution Control is also expected to participate and discuss the County's role.
Kevin Beard holds a PhD in experimental nuclear physics from Michigan State University and is currently a member of the Space Radiation Analysis Group at NASA Johnson Space Center; the group’s purpose is protect astronauts from the effects of space radiation. Loretta Beard holds a BS in both physics & psychology and is retired from the Physics Dept. of Hampton University where they first met.
Related links for the Lubrizol chemical release on August 15 in LaPorte:
Chemical leak: Rail car vapor release causes foul odor for some Houston-area communities - ABC13 Houston:
Mercaptan identified at site of Lubrizol La Porte chemical leak | ICIS:
Anyone who may have specific questions on the topics is asked to send their questions ahead of time to [masked]
Bay Area meetings are on 3rd Wednesday of the month, and start at 6:30pm for social hour; speaker and discussion from 7-8:30 pm.
Human & Climate-Driven Water Quality Challenges Affecting the Texas Coast
The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment - Texas State University and the Texas General Land Office will present a virtual Lunch and Learn presentation featuring Dr. Michael Wetz, Chair for Coastal Ecosystem Processes, and Dr. Amie West, Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, about how human-driven factors (like population growth and climate change) are affecting water quality on the Texas coast.
For more information and to register, visit:
Tune in for engaging presentations and Q&A sessions from experts along the Texas Coastal Zone, courtesy of Clean Coast Texas — a new GLO initiative that supports sustainable stormwater management in coastal communities, as part of the Coastal Resiliency Master Plan and the Coastal Management Program. Stay in the loop with Clean Coast Texas - subscribe to our email list: http://bit.ly/CCTEmail
From population growth to a changing climate, Texas coastal watersheds are facing enormous changes. Studies in other parts of the world have shown that these factors can have negative impacts on coastal water quality. How has water quality changed on the Texas coast?
National Prescription Drug Take Back Day homepage:
The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications. This is a semi-annual event, but now there are also YEAR ROUND drop off locations (see link below).
Search for a local drop off location (on Oct. 23 only):
Search for local YEAR ROUND Pharmaceutical Disposal Locations:
Join the National Academy of Engineering and National Academies of Sciences Gulf Research Program colloquium on Friday, November 5, 2021 from 9:00 am to 11:00 pm CDT focused on offshore wind energy in the United States.
Interest in the development of offshore wind is continuing to grow, as more governments and industries are committing to net-zero goals. This trend is gaining momentum in the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) as well. Energy generated by offshore wind will be an important component of reaching net-zero emissions.
In order to ensure that offshore wind is best integrated into the U.S. energy landscape, the complex technical and political frameworks must be understood. During this colloquium, our panel of experts in research, policy, and technology will discuss the value of offshore wind energy in the United States, highlighting opportunities and challenges in the sector as it aims to meet the nation's clean energy goals.
Link to register:
Barbara Kates-Garnick, PhD, Professor of Practice, the Fletcher School, Tufts University and former Undersecretary of Energy, Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Danielle Merfeld, PhD, NAE, Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, GE Renewable Energy
Tershara Matthews, Gulf of Mexico Wind Regional Lead, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
Kaushik Rajashekara, PhD, NAE, Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Houston
Moderator: Al Romig, PhD, NAE, Executive Officer, National Academy of Engineering