Protecting the Bay On The Water

 

waterqualityBacteria Reduction –Approximately 50% of Texas surface waters are impaired with bacteria, including parts of Galveston Bay and its tributaries. GBF monitors these harmful bacteria levels through our water quality programs, including the Water Monitoring Team, Clean Water Partnership program, and the Boater Waste Education Campaign.
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envflowsEnvironmental Flows –The health of Galveston Bay is dependent upon an adequate amount of freshwater flowing to it from our rivers, bayous and creeks. Environmental flows are the quantity, quality and timing of water that are necessary to sustain a river, wetland or coastal zone and associated fish and wildlife. GBF advocates for proper inflows into the Bay to keep it thriving!
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galvbayreportcardGalveston Bay Report Card –Scheduled to be released in 2015, the Galveston Bay Report Card will communicate important information about the health of the bay and encourage public participation in the conservation of the bay’s natural resources. GBF is asking for residents of the Galveston Bay watershed to provide their opinion on the bay’s health to help shape the indicators of the report card.
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SJRWPSan Jacinto River Waste Pits –For over four years, GBF has been working with local, state, and federal agencies, industry, and other non-profit organizations to ensure that a major dioxin hotspot, the San Jacinto River Waste Pits Superfund site (SJRWP) on the San Jacinto River at Interstate 10, is cleaned up as fast as possible. We publish all information about the site and its status to keep you informed.
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seafoodSeafood Consumption Advisories –While Galveston Bay is an outstanding place to fish, you need to be aware of seafood consumption advisories! The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) issues seafood consumption advisories when tests on fish and shellfish indicate there is an increased risk to human health from the presence of toxic pollutants.
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wetlandpermitWetland Permit Review –GBF’s Wetlands Permit Review Committee examines public notices from the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) for permit applications to conduct activities in Galveston Bay wetlands, and recommends changes or denials when the projects do not appear to meet applicable regulations, mitigation requirements, or do not represent the least environmentally damaging alternative.
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bacteriareductionWater Quality Planning –GBF is currently working on an Implementation Plan for The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality’s total maximum daily load (TMDL) on fecal coliform in Galveston Bay oyster waters. This plan describes the actions that various organizations are recommending to take in order to reduce bacterial pollutants entering the bay to levels established in this TMDL.
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