Ever see someone pour motor oil into a storm sewer? Use the nearest ditch to dispose of grass clippings with the leaf blower? Did you ever wonder where it all ends up? Galveston Bay. Substances that make their way into the City of Houston and Harris County storm water drainage system flow directly into our bayous, rivers and ultimately, into the Bay. If storm water is contaminated by contact with pollutants, then that's how it stays. Storm water receives no treatment.

This Web site will help you learn what you can do to keep our water clean for generations to come.



International Low Impact Development Conference 2015


Houston, Texas, January 19 - 21

The LID Conference will highlight new and continuing work including research developments and community adoption of LID throughout the United States and internationally. In addition, this conference will focus on the application of LID technology in the Southwest region of the US and will also include a mini-symposium on arid region LID. Harris County is a proud Co-Sponsor for this conference. Please join us! Register Now!

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Rain Gardens "A Hands-On Workshop - Managing Stormwater Where It Falls"

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S.W.I.M. - Learn More

Do you want to help protect the environment? Participate in a SWIM project in your area.
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School Programs

A brief summary of the current school programs



Find out how to earn your leadership or merit badge, while helping the environment and your community.

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Household Hazardous Waste

Want to learn about how you can cut back on Household Hazardous Waste?

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Handy's Kids

Learning about the environment is easy! Together, we can all lend a hand to make every day Earth Day!

Nonpoint Source Pollution

Nonpoint source (NPS) pollution, unlike pollution from industrial and sewage treatment plants, comes from many diffuse sources.

Learn About Chemicals Around the House

There are many household products used around your home. What do you know about them?

U.S. EPA Explorers Club

The EPA Environmental Kids Club is our Web site for kids. We'll help you explore your environment and learn how to protect it.

Team WET Schools

Bringing urban water issues to the forefront of environmental education in school buildings.

EPA - Kids, Students, High School and Teachers

Fact-sheets, interactive games, and more

Earth's water

Earth's Water Topics

EEK! Environmental Education for Kids

This electronic magazine is for kids in grades 4-8.