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December 17, 2019 – Matthew Tannenberger

Swim Streamline at Northampton has produced its first ever Olympic Trial Qualifier in 17-year-old Matthew Tannenberger.

Tannenberger has swam year-round for Swim Streamline at Northampton since the age of nine and qualified in the 400 Meter Freestyle with a time of 3:56.32, well under the 3:57.29 cut-off. His club coaches, Ross and Laura Davis told SwimSwam.com, “He has been with SSAN throughout his entire age group career and has excelled in all areas of the sport.” He is a huge supporter of SSAN, TWHS and Northampton MUD. He just missed qualifying in two additional events, 3 tenths of a second in the 200 Free and 6 tenths from qualifying in the 100 Free.

Always looking to help others excel, upon landing after competing at the US Open, drove to the Gulf Championships meet to cheer on his younger brother and teammates who were going for their own goals! He has dedicated himself to be the best swimmer he can be whether the event be sprint, distance, IM or stroke and will continue to seek excellence in all that he does.

He developed national time standards (ranging from Winter Juniors to Summer Nationals and U.S. Open) in all freestyle events from the 100 to the 1500/1650 as well as in the 200 fly and 400 IM. He was a selected to USA Swimming’s National Select Camp in October 2018.

This summer, Tannenberger won gold in the 200m free at 2019 NCSA Junior Summer Championship with a Personal Best of 1:51.23. He was runner-up in the 400 free and placed 4th in the 100 free. He also anchored the 4×50 medley in 23.07. His 200 free time of 1:51.23 puts him at #28 on the all-time list for 15-16 boys in the U.S. He also ranks top-100 all-time in the 100m free (63rd) and 400 free (54th).

He is a Senior at The Woodlands High School where he specializes in 100/200/500 free and 200 IM.

He has committed to the University of Texas to continue his swim career as a Texas Longhorn.

December 17, 2019 – Matthew Tannenberger2019-12-17T12:43:59-06:00

October 1, 2019 – Lake Improvements and Maintenance

The Northampton MUD maintains nearly 50 acres of parks and trails that are available to all Northampton residents: Northcrest Park, West Park, and the Inway Trails. These parks include two lakes, waterfalls, trails, benches, picnic areas and playgrounds. A catch and release program allows fishing at the two lakes located at West Park and Northcrest Park.

These lakes provide not only beauty but serve as an important ecosystem such as habitat for aquatic life, waterfowl, turtles and ducks. Additionally, the West Park lake serves as a retention basin to manage storm water during heavy rain events.

In the coming months, you will notice a lot of activity at our two lakes. Soon we will begin maintenance and improvements which will help eliminate algae blooms and overgrowth of unwanted plant species, and will promote water clarification and augment aeration. These enhancements will be done in stages over several months.

Last year the trail and lake area at Northcrest Park was enlarged. In the next few weeks, the two sections of the Northcrest Lake will be joined. At that time a flocculant will be added to settle the clay turbidity in the new section. Iris and other species will be planted along the margin to prevent erosion. An aeration system will be added to the Northcrest Lake while at West Park, some selective clearing will take place to improve water flow from the south to north end of the lake.
Additionally, undesirable vegetation will be sprayed and a few weeks later the dead vegetation will be removed. The margins around the lakes will be replanted with several water appropriate species including blue and yellow iris, spike rush and bull rush grasses, and pickerel rush. These plantings will help stabilize the margins and prevent erosion. Further plantings will continue next spring.

TAKE A HIKE and watch the improvements in progress!

October 1, 2019 – Lake Improvements and Maintenance2019-10-01T17:15:21-05:00

September 20, 2019 – Polution and Storm Drains Don’t Mix

Storm water discharges in Texas are regulated by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ). This system diverts water from driveways, sidewalks and streets into lakes, streams, rivers, wetlands or coastal waters. Anything that enters a storm drain system is discharged untreated into the waterbodies we use for drinking, swimming and fishing.

In addition, it is not uncommon along the Gulf Coast to get thunderstorms which can drop as much as 5 inches or more an hour. Not surprisingly, some residents may experience water rising into their yards during this type of event. Typically, storm drains are designed to handle as much as 3 inches per hour. If rainfall exceeds this, the streets serve to hold water and channel it into the storm drains as the capacity allows. Storm drains are maintained by Harris County Precinct 4 and Harris County Flood Control.

For the system to work properly, prevent flooding, and prevent pollution of our waterways, the inlets to storm drains must remain clear of debris. One of the most problematic occurrences is when a storm drain becomes clogged from residents blowing pine needles and yard clippings into these drain inlets. This type of debris also carries sediments which can cloud waterways, affect aquatic plant life, and destroy aquatic habitat. These excess nutrients cause other problems as well such as algae blooms. These algae blooms consume the dissolved oxygen in water leading to anoxic conditions which can lead to “dead” zones void of living biota. The dead biota decomposition removes more oxygen from the water. Bacteria will wash into our waterways as well. Additionally, animal waste is washed into the storm drains.

Not only do yard clippings affect our waterways and aquatic life, household hazardous wastes like insecticides, pesticides, paint, solvents, used motor oil, and other auto fluids can poison aquatic life. Land animals and people can become sick from eating diseased fish and shellfish or ingesting polluted water. Polluted stormwater affects drinking water sources such as Lake Houston. This, in turn, affects human health and increases drinking water treatment costs.

Texas State Municipal Solid Waste rules cite sweeping grass, leaves, clippings and yard waste can result in criminal penalties ranging from $50 to $25,000 per violation per day.

To report a clogged storm drain or violation, please contact Harris County Precinct 4 at 281-353-8424 or Harris County Flood Control at 713-684-4000. You may also contact Harris County Pollution Control Services at 713-920-281.

Please help keep our storm drains clear by bagging yard debris and mulching then bagging clippings.

September 20, 2019 – Polution and Storm Drains Don’t Mix2019-09-20T13:19:11-05:00
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