Texas State Library and Archives Commission

Gulf Coast Waste Disposal Authority:

An Inventory of Gulf Coast Waste Disposal Authority Minutes and Agenda at the Texas State Archives, 1987, 1990-2015



Overview

Creator: Gulf Coast Waste Disposal Authority
Title: Gulf Coast Waste Disposal Authority minutes and agenda
Dates: 1987, 1990-2015
Abstract: The Gulf Coast Waste Disposal Authority (GCWDA) aims to prevent water waste pollution in Chambers, Galveston, and Harris counties by providing a regional water quality management program. Records primarily consist of minutes, agenda, and agenda attachments of the GCWDA; its industrial development corporation, Gulf Coast Industrial Development Authority; and the Gulf Coast Hazardous Waste Research Center. Records date from 1987 and 1990 to 2015 and focus on waste management in the Gulf Coast region, especially Texas. Subjects discussed include various waste disposal and recycling methods, water waste management recommendations, evaluation of landfill operations, collection and disposal of solid waste, alleged solid waste violations, summaries of procedures, discussion of bids for upgrades and new treatment facilities, and the agency's relationships with government and non-government entities in regards to water pollution.
Quantity: 2 cubic ft.
Language: These materials are written predominately in English with scattered Spanish throughout.
Repository: Texas State Archives

Gulf Coast Waste Disposal Authority History

The Gulf Coast Waste Disposal Authority (GCWDA) was established in 1969 for the purpose of preventing water waste pollution in Chambers, Galveston, and Harris counties and providing a regional water quality management program (Senate Bill 225, 61st Texas Legislature, Regular Session). Enacted prior to amendments to the Federal Clean Water Act of 1972, the GCWDA was created due to the widespread concern over the increasingly poor water quality in the Houston Ship Channel and Galveston Bay. Originally intended as a wide-ranging regulatory agency, similar to a local version of the federal regulatory authorities, the GCWDA had the authority to acquire or build and operate wastewater treatment plants and other waste management facilities. During the 1970s, the GCWDA began to implement a regional waste management system. Instead of multiple waste treatment plants operated by many different entities for a region, specialized facilities would handle waste water or solid waste from several locations. This ensures that specialized technicians can focus on making sure the treatment plant is working, allows resources to be used on supporting high-tech laboratories, and improves the cost efficiency of waste management. As enforcement of waste water laws is primarily done at the federal, state, county, and municipal levels, the GCWDA focuses on helping cities and industries comply with waste water standards and improve Galveston Bay waters. The GCWDA works with local water districts, local governments, state governments such as the Texas Water Commission and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, and waste facilities to remediate waste sites. During the 66th Legislature, Regular Session (Senate Bill 666 and House Bill 2151), GCWDA's role was further defined and expanded to include the ability to negotiate for facilities and systems which recover resources from solid waste. This legislation also granted the GCWDA the authority to issue bonds for water pollution, solid waste disposal, and water projects. In 2013, GCWDA's role expanded beyond municipal and industrial waste treatment and solid waste operations (Acts 2013, 83rd Legislature, Regular Session, chapter 1113, General and Special Laws of Texas) to include additional water systems. This legislation authorized the agency to build, own, and operate other types of water systems such as brackish water treatment, desalination, and effluent reuse projects in an effort to help provide solutions to potable water shortages across the state. This legislation also authorized the GCWDA to build, own, and operate waterwaste facilities outside the Gulf Coast region. As of 2015, GCWDA operates the 40-Acre Industrial Wastewater Treatment Facility, Bayport Industrial Wastewater Treatment Facility, Blackhawk Regional Wastewater Treatment Facility, Campbell Bayou Industrial Solid Waste Facility, Odessa South Industrial Wastewater Treatment Facility, Vince Bayou Receiving Station, Washburn Tunnel Wastewater Treatment Facility, and a central lab.

The GCWDA prescribes penalties for non-compliance and issues tax-exempt bonds to governments and industries in the Gulf Coast region projects including the construction of waste management operations. GCWDA can issue two types of bonds: Government Municipal Bonds and Private Activity Bonds. Government Municipal Bonds are issued when 90% of use is by government entities. Private Activity Bonds can be used for water supply facilities, sewage facilities, solid waste disposal facilities, local furnishing of steam or electricity, dock and wharf facilities, airports, water pollution control facilities, and air pollution control facilities. GCWDA's finance department provides for the issuance of private activity bonds to fund solid waste facilities or industrial development facilities as provided by IRS rules. These bonds can be issued either directly by GCWDA or through its industrial development corporation, the Gulf Coast Industrial Development Authority (GCIDA), depending on the structure of the financing. Created under the Development Corporation Act of 1979 (Senate Bill 1275, 66th Legislature, Regular Session), the GCIDA focuses on issuing taxable bonds for the creation of jobs within research and development facilities, military facilities, transportation facilities, distribution centers, small warehouse facilities, primary job centers used by higher education institutions, and regional or national corporate headquarter facilities as well as for transportation, telecommunications, Gulf of Mexico beach remediation, and Coast Guard projects.

GCWDA's board of directors comprises of nine members who meet on the second Thursday of each month. The board consists of members each from Harris, Galveston, and Chambers counties, which adjoin Galveston Bay. From each county, one member is appointed by the governor, one by the county's commissioner's court, and one by a consortium of the county's mayors. Board members serve two-year staggered terms. The GCIDA board consists of three members, who meet in special sessions. GCWDA's board appoints and may remove members of the GCIDA. Since its creation, the GCIDA has been comprised entirely of the GCWDA board members and/or management staff.

(Sources include: GCWDA's website (http://www.gcwda.com/), accessed September 14, 2015; GCWDA annual and financial reports from various years; various laws and statues; GCWDA, Twentieth Anniversary Report (1989); and the records themselves.)


Gulf Coast Hazardous Substance Research Center History

The Gulf Coast Hazardous Substance Research Center (GCHSRC) was created by Section 118(1) of the federal Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act of 1986. These amendments aimed to "reduce the risk to public health and the environment from hazardous materials by the research, development, and demonstration of new or more cost effective technological and related methods to eliminate the generation, to detoxify, or to destroy these materials." The GCHSRC strives to conduct an integrated research program to improve the quality of the environment in order to reduce risk to human and ecosystem health in the Gulf Coast region through environmental technologies for pollution prevention, waste treatment, and site remediation for hazardous substances associated with petroleum, chemical and other Gulf Coast Industries. The GCHSRC's research program concentrates on waste minimization, alternate treatment technology development, toxicity reduction, and other technology-support areas. It is a consortium of nine universities: Lamar University – Beaumont, Louisiana State University, Mississippi State University, Rice University, Texas A&M University, the University of Alabama, the University of Central Florida, the University of Houston, and the University of Texas at Austin. The central administrative offices are located on the Lamar University – Beaumont campus.

(Sources include: GCHSRC's website (http://engineering.lamar.edu/research/gchsrc/index.html), accessed September 14, 2015; and the records themselves.)


Scope and Contents of the Records

The Gulf Coast Waste Disposal Authority (GCWDA) aims to prevent water waste pollution in Chambers, Galveston, and Harris counties by providing a regional quality water quality management program. Records primarily consist of minutes, agenda, and agenda attachments of the GCWDA, its industrial development corporation - Gulf Coast Industrial Development Authority (GCIDA), and the Gulf Coast Hazardous Waste Research Center (GCHWRC). Also included are a brochure and mass mailing correspondence from the GCWDA. Records date from 1987 and 1990 to 2015. GCHWRC minutes date from 1987 and GCWDA minutes date from 1990-2015. Prior to 2007, minutes concerning GCIDA's activities were occasionally within GCWDA minutes. Agenda inform the public as to what will be discussed and/or decided at each meeting. Minutes document in a thorough but summary fashion the official actions of the board in its meetings. Records focus on waste management in the Gulf Coast region, especially Texas. Subjects discussed include various waste disposal and recycling methods, water waste management recommendations, evaluation of landfill operations, collection and disposal of solid waste, alleged solid waste violations, summaries of procedures, discussion of bids for upgrades and new treatment facilities, and the agency's relationships with government and non-government entities in regard to water pollution. GCIDA minutes primarily document the issuance of bonds for waste management projects. GCHSRC minutes outline the goals and policies of the center as well as research conducted at the consortium's universities in relation to hazardous substances.

To prepare this inventory, the described materials were cursorily reviewed to delineate series, to confirm the accuracy of contents lists, to provide an estimate of dates covered, and to determine record types.


 

Arrangement of the Records

These records are arranged chronologically within each organizational entity.

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Materials do not circulate, but may be used in the State Archives search room. Materials will be retrieved from and returned to storage areas by staff members.

Restrictions on Use

Most records created by Texas state agencies are not copyrighted. State records also include materials received by, not created by, state agencies. Copyright remains with the creator. The researcher is responsible for complying with U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17 U.S.C.).

Technical Requirements

None.


Index Terms

The terms listed here were used to catalog the records. The terms can be used to find similar or related records.
Corporate Names:
Gulf Coast Industrial Development Authority.
Gulf Coast Hazardous Substance Research Center.
Subjects:
Pollution--Gulf Coast (Tex.)
Refuse and refuse disposal--Gulf Coast (Tex.)
Sewage disposal--Gulf Coast (Tex.)
Waste disposal in the ocean--Gulf Coast (Tex.)
Pollution--Texas
Refuse and refuse disposal--Texas
Sewage disposal--Texas
Waste disposal in the ocen--Texas
Places:
Gulf Coast (Tex.)
Document Types:
Agenda (administrative documents)--Waste disposal--Gulf Coast (Tex.)--1987, 1990-2015.
Minutes (administrative documents)--Waste disposal--Gulf Coast (Tex.)--1987, 1990-2015.
Functions:
Monitoring waste disposal projects.
Funding waste disposal projects.

Related Material

The following materials are offered as possible sources of further information on the agencies and subjects covered by the records. The listing is not exhaustive.

Texas State Archives
Houston-Galveston Area Council records, 1974-2005, 1.66 cubic ft. [There is no finding aid for these unprocessed records. Call numbers are 1998/221, 2006/237, 2011/080, 2011/272, and 2015/194.]
Texas Coastal Coordination Council minutes and agenda, 1991-2009, 1 cubic ft.
Committee files of Representative Mike Jackson, Texas House of Representatives, 1995, 0.5 cubic ft.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

(Identify the item), Gulf Coast Waste Disposal Authority minutes and agenda. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

Accession Information

Accession numbers: 1998/138, 1999/013, 2000/031, 2001/009, 2002/039, 2003/050, 2004/028, 2005/070, 2006/021, 2006/188, 2007/034, 2008/022, 2009/041, 2010/015, 2011/012, 2012/008, 2013/014, 2014/023, 2015/044

These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Gulf Coast Waste Disposal Authority on May 29 and September 29, 1998; September 29, 1999; September 28, 2000; October 9, 2001; October 21, 2002; October 6, 2006; September 25, 2007; October 10, 2008; September 14, 2009; September 17, 2010; September 20, 2011; September 24, 2012; September 19, 2013; and November 12, 2014; and by the Texas Legislative Reference Library on January 26, 2006.

Processing Information

Accessions processed by Tony Black, September 2005

Finding aid encoded by Tony Black, May 2008

Descriptions, DACS-compliance, and new accessions added by Anna M. Reznik, September 2015

Accruals

The Gulf Coast Waste Disposal Authority transfers copies of meeting records to the Texas State Archives regularly.

Location of Originals

The record copies of meeting agenda and minutes are maintained by the Gulf Coast Waste Disposal Authority.


Detailed Description of the Records

 

Gulf Coast Waste Disposal Authority minutes and agenda, 1987, 1990-2015,
2 cubic ft.

Box
1998/138 Gulf Coast Hazardous Substance Research Center, 1987
Minutes, November 1987
Gulf Coast Waste Disposal Authority, 1990-2010
Minutes, July thru December 1990
[November 1990 is missing.]
Minutes, January and February 1991
Minutes, March 1991
Minutes, April 1991
Minutes, May and June 1991
Minutes, July and August 1991
Minutes, September and October 1991
Minutes, November and December 1991
Minutes, January and February 1992
Minutes, March thru May 1992
Minutes, June thru August 1992
Minutes, September thru November 1992
Minutes, December 1992
Minutes, January thru June 1993
Minutes, July thru December 1993
Minutes, January thru March 1994
Minutes, April thru August 1994
Minutes, September thru December 1994
Minutes, January thru April 1995
[May 1995 is missing.]
Minutes, June thru September 1995
Minutes, October thru December 1995
Minutes, January and February 1996
Minutes, March thru May 1996
Minutes, June thru August 1996
Minutes, September 1996
Minutes, October thru December 1996
[November 1996 is missing.]
Minutes, January thru March 1997
Minutes, April thru June 1997
Minutes, July thru December 1997
[No meeting was held in September 1997.]
Minutes, January thru June 1998
Box
1999/013 Minutes, July 1998
Minutes, August 1998
Minutes, September 1998
Minutes, October 1998
Minutes, November 1998
Minutes, December 1998
Minutes, January 1999
Minutes, February 1999
Minutes, March 1999
Minutes, April 1999
Minutes, May 1999
Minutes, June 1999
Minutes, July 1999
Minutes, August 1999
Minutes, September 1999
Minutes, October 1999
Minutes, November 1999
Minutes, December 1999
Minutes, January 2000
Minutes, February 2000
Minutes, March 2000
Minutes, April 2000
Minutes, May 2000
Minutes, June 2000
Minutes, July 2000
Minutes, August 2000
Minutes, September 2000
Minutes, October 2000
Minutes, November 2000
Minutes, December 2000
Minutes and agenda, January 2001
Minutes and agenda, February 2001
Minutes and agenda, March 2001
Minutes and agenda, April 2001
Minutes and agenda, May 2001
Minutes and agenda, June 2001
Box
2002/039 Minutes and agenda, July 2001
Minutes and agenda, August 2001
Minutes and agenda, September 2001
Minutes and agenda, October 2001
Minutes and agenda, November 2001
Minutes and agenda, December 2001
Minutes and agenda, January 2002
Minutes and agenda, February 2002
Minutes and agenda, March 2002
Minutes and agenda, April 18, 2002
Minutes and agenda, April 30, 2002
Minutes and agenda, May 2002
Minutes and agenda, June 2002
Minutes and agenda, July 2002
Minutes and agenda, August 2002
Minutes and agenda, September 2002
Minutes and agenda, October 2002
Minutes and agenda, November 7 and 14, 2002
Minutes and agenda, December 2002
Minutes and agenda, January 2003
Minutes and agenda, February 2003
Minutes and agenda, March 2003
Minutes and agenda, April 10, 2003
Minutes and agenda, April 24, 2003
Minutes and agenda, May 2003
Minutes and agenda, June 2003
Minutes and agenda, July 2003
Minutes and agenda, August 2003
Minutes and agenda, September 2003
Minutes and agenda, October 9, 2003
Minutes and agenda, October 18, 2003
Minutes and agenda, November 2003
Minutes and agenda, December 2003
Minutes and agenda, January 2004
Minutes and agenda, February 2004
Minutes and agenda, March 11, 2004
Minutes and agenda, March 31, 2004
Minutes and agenda, April 2004
Minutes and agenda, May 2004
Minutes and agenda, June 2004
Minutes and agenda, July 2004
Box
2005/070 Minutes and agenda, August 2004
Minutes and agenda, September 2004
Minutes and agenda, October 2004
Minutes and agenda, November 2004
Minutes and agenda, December 2004
Minutes and agenda, January 2005
Minutes and agenda, February 2005
Minutes and agenda, March 2005
Minutes and agenda, April 2005
Minutes and agenda, May 2005
Minutes and agenda, June 2005
Minutes and agenda, July 2005
Minutes and agenda, August 2005
Minutes and agenda, September 2005
Minutes and agenda, October 2005
Minutes and agenda, November 2005
Minutes and agenda, December 2005
Minutes and agenda, January 2006
Minutes and agenda, February 2006
Minutes and agenda, March 2006
Minutes and agenda, April 2006
Minutes and agenda, May 2006
Minutes and agenda, June 2006
Minutes and agenda, July 2006
Minutes and agenda, August 2006
Minutes and agenda, September 2006
Minutes and agenda, October 2006
Minutes and agenda, November 2006
Minutes and agenda, December 2006
Minutes and agenda, January 2007
Minutes and agenda, February 2007
Minutes and agenda, March 2007
Minutes and agenda, April 2007
Minutes and agenda, May 2007
Minutes and agenda, June 2007
Minutes and agenda, July 2007
Box
2008/022 Minutes and agenda, August 2007
Minutes and agenda, September 2007
Minutes and agenda, October 11, 2007
Minutes and agenda, October 27, 2007
Minutes and agenda, November 2007
Minutes and agenda, December 2007
Minutes and agenda, January 2008
Minutes and agenda, February 2008
Minutes and agenda, March 2008
Minutes and agenda, April 10, 2008
Minutes and agenda, April 17, 2008
Minutes and agenda, May 15, 2008
Minutes and agenda, June 19, 2008
Minutes and agenda, July 10, 2008
Minutes and agenda, August 7, 2009
Minutes and agenda, August 14, 2009
Minutes and agenda, September 25, 2008
Minutes and agenda, October 9, 2008
Minutes and agenda, October 24 and 25, 2008
Minutes and agenda, November 13, 2008
Minutes and agenda, December 11, 2008
Minutes and agenda, January 8, 2009
Minutes and agenda, February 12, 2009
Minutes and agenda, March 12, 2009
Minutes and agenda, April 9, 2009
Minutes and agenda, May 14, 2009
Minutes and agenda, June 11, 2009
Minutes and agenda, July 9, 2009
Minutes and agenda, August 13, 2009
Minutes and agenda, September 10, 2009
Minutes and agenda, October 8, 16, and 17, 2009
Minutes and agenda, November 12, 2009
Minutes and agenda, December 10, 2009
Minutes and agenda, January 14, 2010
Minutes and agenda, February 11, 2010
Minutes and agenda, March 11, 2010
Minutes and agenda, April 8, 2010
Minutes and agenda, May 13, 2010
Minutes and agenda, June 17, 2010
Minutes and agenda, July 8, 2010
Box
2009/041 Minutes and agenda, August 12, 2010
Minutes and agenda, September 9, 2010
Minutes and agenda, October 15 and 16, 2010
Minutes and agenda, October 21, 2010
Minutes and agenda, November 4, 2010
Minutes and agenda, November 20, 2010
Minutes and agenda, December 9, 2010
Minutes and agenda, January 4 and 13, 2011
Minutes and agenda, February 10, 2011
Minutes and agenda, March 10, 2011
Minutes, April thru August 2011
Minutes and agenda, August 2011 thru July 2012
Minutes and agenda, August 2012 thru July 2013
Box
2014/023 Minutes and agenda, August 2013 thru July 2014
Minutes and agenda, August 2014 thru July 2015
Minutes and agenda, August 2015 thru
Box
2009/041 Gulf Coast Industrial Development Authority, 2007-2015
Minutes and agenda, September 13, 2007
Minutes and agenda, June 19, 2008
[November 2008 is missing.]
Minutes and agenda, January 8, 2009
Minutes and agenda, July 9, 2009
Minutes and agenda, September 10, 2009
Minutes and agenda, November 4, 2009
Minutes and agenda, February 17, 2010
Minutes and agenda, July 8 and 23, 2010
Minutes and agenda, August 12, 2010
Minutes and agenda, October 21, 2010
Minutes and agenda, December 9, 2010
Minutes and agenda, December 22, 2010
Minutes and agenda, December 2011 thru June 2012
Minutes and agenda, August thru December 2012
Box
2014/023 Minutes and agenda, December 2013 and March 2014
Minutes and agenda, December 2014
Minutes and agenda, June 2015
Box
2006 Accessions Box 3 (2006/188) Brochure and mass mailing, 1989 and 1993