HARC Released Galveston Bay Oil Spill Environmental Overview Mapping Application
HARC created an interactive mapping application to allow the public to understand some of the potential environmental impacts the March 2014 oil spill may have on the Galveston Bay. Oil spills and contamination are an environmental risk and trade-off that we live with as our local economy benefits from shipping and industrial activities. Petroleum compounds from a spill can be degraded by microbes present in the environment, but may remain at harmful concentrations for months to years before being completely degraded.
Public information from the Texas City "Y" Response Official Unified Command Response Information Site, NOAA, the US Coast Guard, Texas General Land Office, Texas Parks & Wildlife Department, Houston Audubon Society, the Galveston Bay Status and Trends, and Texas Coastal Ocean Observation Network were collated into a single web application in order to help illustrate some of the potential environmental impacts of the oil spill.