July 10th, 2018

Educating the public on the importance of conservation efforts is key, and what better place to start than with our community youth. As a parent, I learned that teaching kids starts at home, and environmental awareness is very important as Earth’s population continues to grow and spread. I chose to enlighten my two children at Armand Bayou Nature Center’s Summer EcoCamp. They loved it so much last year that they wanted to participate again this year.  Armand Bayou Nature center provides for children ages 4-13 programs that encourage observation, problem-solving and creativeness in the natural setting of the wetlands. ABNC Read More »

June 19th, 2017

Project Manager, Chrystal Fretwell, recently attended a Wetland Permitting Workshop based on the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Regulation and the Clean Water Act (CWA) Enforcement requirements.  The workshop included documentation of wetland delineations, review of hydric soils, and performance of a Hydrology and Hydric Soils Field Practicum at Jesse Jones Park and Nature Center in Humble, Texas.  Gathering soil data using the Munsell Soil Color Book. Wild strawberries growing at the Jesse Jones Park & Nature Center.      Iron deposit fissures in the soil indicate hydric soils. Soil testing location. Mr. Jim Herrington, PWS was the Read More »

January 21st, 2016

With pollution experts, look before you leap.  Experience counts; bargains can prove costly. Here are some common fallacies: A limited asbestos survey is sufficient to determine the presence of asbestos. Environmental regulations are the same in every state. A consultant who has identified an environmental problem with a Phase I assessment can then just clean it up; there is no need to pay for a Phase II assessment. Historical use of the property is not a source of concern. If the environmental consultant makes no recommendations for further study or cleanup, there are no problems. This article appeared in the Read More »

October 29th, 2015

Advantages of Utilizing a Contract with The Cooperative Purchasing Network (TCPN): Do you ever use Buy Boards or Cooperative Purchasing Networks for your Products and Services? Do you know you have the option of using SSCI’s TCPN Contract? It is free of charges to you.  No fees.  No dues.  Why you might choose the TCPN option? State & Federal Laws “Strongly Encourages” participation in Purchasing Networks & Buy Boards. TCPN is mandated to follow all State Procurement Laws & Regulations.  Audited by State Controller’s Office twice/year. Saves time & money (“Soft Costs”) in the Procurement Process.  Eliminated bidding process, associated Read More »