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Galveston Bay Status and Trends

For more than 40 years federal, state and local agencies and organizations have monitored the health of Galveston Bay. Databases describing the bay’s water and sediment quality, living resources, fisheries landings and seafood safety are just a few of the many that exist. The intention of this project is to apply these data to the management issues raised in the Galveston Bay Plan regarding the health and integrity of Galveston Bay and the surrounding watershed.

The goal of the Galveston Bay Status and Trends Project is to compile, manage, analyze, and disseminate monitoring and environmental impact data collected by organizations with quality assurance procedures and long-term records of or a commitment to monitoring and managing Galveston Bay resources. Data are obtained, quality assured, and processed into standardized formats and stored in secure databases. Data are analyzed to update established indicators of bay health according to priorities set by the Galveston Bay Estuary Program and its stakeholders.

The Galveston Bay Status and Trends Project is a project of the Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC). The Galveston Bay Status and Trends Project is financed through grants from the the Galveston Bay Estuary Program with funding from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency .

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Project Announcements

Publications, Lectures & Presentations

Jim Lester will present at "Ecosystem Services, Wetlands, and Houston's Growth" at the Wetland Economic Benefits Workshop on April 23, 2015 in Houston, Texas.

Publications, Lectures & Presentations

Lisa Gonzalez will speak on the Galveston Bay Report Card at the Texas Association of Environmental Professionals Luncheon on March 19, 2015 in Houston, Texas.

Project Announcements

HARC is partnering with the Galveston Bay Foundation to create the Galveston Bay Report Card. The Galveston Bay Foundation conducted an online survey about Galveston Bay’s health from July-December 2014.

Publications, Lectures & Presentations

Jim Lester, President, and Lisa Gonzalez, Vice President, presented at the Greater Houston Partnership Water Issues Committee on December 10, 2014 in Houston, Texas


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