Abandoned toxic waste sites are a serious threat to human health and to the environment.In the Harris County Watershed alone, there are 89 known contaminated groundwater plumes and more than 20 federally designated toxic waste sites. This extensive contamination poisons Galveston Bay and its estuaries, harms fisheries, and threatens human health, among other negative impacts.
Our organization’s initial focus was on the San Jacinto River Waste Pits Superfund Site, which is a source of dioxin and other toxins in the San Jacinto River and Galveston Bay. We are now expanding our efforts to additional contamination in the region. By partnering with researchers, educating and engaging communities, and participating in public service, THEA works to safeguard public health and to restore our precious environmental resources for future generations.