2020 Meeting: May 2020
Stay tuned for updates on our 2020 meeting! We are currently looking for a venue and will update partners as soon as we can.
Meeting 4: May 7, 2019
Our 2019 meeting was held on May 7, 2019 at the Houston Zoo Brown Education Center from 9:30 – 3 pm.
A lot of decisions were made that day! We presented the most recent draft and encouraged members to send final edits. We finalized our geographic scope of the action plan and decided on our partnership name. Greetings from the newly named Partners in Litter Prevention group! Erin Kinney presented work on HARC's upcoming regional database to collect information on cleanup efforts. Amanda Hackney debuted the Trash Tracker, an online tool where partners can submit information for this regional database. We also heard updates from all partners present and made plans for the upcoming year.
Meeting 3: May 9, 2018
Our third meeting was held at the Houston Zoo and the group finalized Action Plan goals and and Strategies. The group also formed three working groups: Communication, Research,and Removal. These working groups will focus on coordination of groups for each topic. Cody Wittenburg of the City of Fort Worth presented on the Trash Free Trinity effort and partners gave updates on recent events.
See these finalized goals on the "Our Goals" page.
Next steps going forward:
Continue to build partnerships and bring in additional stakeholders who can contribute to preparing the plan and implementing actions.
Establish timeline for releasing the plan
Establish timeline for implementing actions
Locate funding to speed up process
Meeting 2: October 12, 2017
On October 12, 18 partner organizations joined Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC) and Black Cat GIS and Biological Services in further discussing and refining goals and subgoals for the Greater Houston-Galveston Trash-Based Aquatic Action Plan.
Our second planning meeting started with a review of where we have been, presentation of next steps, and continued draft of the Plan. These efforts will not only help clean up and prevent trash and marine debris pollution, but also make our home more appealing to residents and visitors.
Partners worked to refine language and determine best fit subgoals for each category. The new project website ( ) was introduced and the group discussed new features and capabilities they wanted on the site. Post-meeting, partners will register on the website to begin using a member only forum to comment further on subgoals and to begin suggesting and selecting actions for each.
Meeting 1: May 10-11, 2017
HARC and Black Cat GIS and Biological Services co-hosted the 2017 Trash Summit on May 10-11: The Houston-Galveston Regional Litter and Marine Debris Prevention Workshop.
The Workshop was coordinated through a variety of partners, including the Galveston Bay Estuary Program, the Houston Galveston Area Council, Texans for Clean Water, Artist Boat, KPRC Houston and the Houston Zoo. Sponsors for the Summit included Texans for Clean Water, the Houston Zoo, KPRC Houston, Clean Waters Initiative and Shipley Do-nuts.
The Summit occurred at the Houston Zoo in mid-May and included discussions on current success stories of regional trash prevention and removal. The discussion then moved to ideas on developing regional initiatives to Research, Track and Quantify litter, Policy and Funding strategies, Partnership Opportunities, and Communication approaches. Initial steps were taken to developing a regional Action Plan for litter and marine debris prevention. The Summit the was critical first step in coordinating litter and trash efforts regionally.