As Houston Ship Channel expands, a historic community prepares to fight yet another health hazard

HARC in the News


By Emily Foxhall, Houston Chronicle

The east Houston neighborhood where Billy Lee Jr. grew up feels to him like it’s been forgotten. Tall weeds sprout from the ditches. Highways and railroads cut up the community. The nearest major grocery store and hospital aren’t so near.

Down from his parents’ home along Fidelity Street, industrial plants emit pollution along the Houston Ship Channel. Up

the street, guck sucked up from the channel bottom as part of routine maintenance is dumped behind an unkempt levee that rises above nearby homes.


It does take energy to dredge channels, right? But I think the sooner that it’s done the better because of the benefit of deepening and widening the channel that is very busy. It improves air quality in the long run.

Roger Guenther, Port Houston