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The mission of Texas Health and Environment Alliance (THEA) is to protect water resources, public health, and Galveston Bay’s precious estuary from the harmful effects of toxic waste. We endeavor to establish an informed and engaged public movement to restore and protect the lower portion of the San Jacinto River’s Watershed and Galveston Bay from toxic pollution. We envision a watershed with pristine water, a healthy fishery, and surrounding communities free from toxic contamination.

Building on the success of the San Jacinto River Coalition, Jackie Young established Texas Health and Environment Alliance as a new 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to educating and engaging the public and policymakers to support a clean, toxin-free watershed in our region.

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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.

We are building a broad-based movement to remediate toxic contamination and clean up the Galveston Bay watershed by engaging communities, building coalitions, commissioning high-quality scientific research, disseminating research findings through media exposure, and engaging in advocacy at the city, county, state, and federal levels.

Our ultimate goal is to create a grassroots movement with authentic, diverse, and broad community support for the remediation of toxic waste sites, and this requires engaging a broad range of people, agencies, and organizations. The primary beneficiaries of our programs are residents and business owners who live in communities near the toxic waste sites for which we are advocating full remediation.  However, our engagement efforts and our impact reach far beyond these localities.

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A Tale of Two Sites
A PAIR OF ENVIRONMENTAL ACTIVISTS STRUGGLE WITH HOUSTON’S TOXIC LEGACY.

Texas Monthly

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Young: San Jacinto waste pits: Full remediation

The San Jacinto River waste pits are a known source of pollution in the Houston-Galveston region

Houston Chronicle

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EPA to Decide if Tons of Toxic Sludge Will Remain in San Jacinto River
The remedy for a toxic threat to Galveston Bay could be revealed any day now.

Houston Public Media

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Join the Texas Health and Environment Alliance in our mission to protect water resources, public health, and the environment from the harmful effects of toxic waste. We need your help to restore and protect Harris County’s Watershed and Galveston Bay’s precious estuary. We with your help we can ensure our area has pristine water, a healthy fishery, and communities free from toxic contamination.

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