GBAN — Report Guide

What to Include in a Pollution Report

Submitting a report on Galveston Bay Action Network (GBAN) is easy and only takes a few minutes. To submit a report, please follow these steps:

  1. Select Report Pollution
  2. Select the location of the incident on the interactive map.
  3. Create an “Incident Title”
  4. Choose a “Pollution Type” (swipe right for more information on the different types of pollution).
  5. Select the Municipality in which the pollution occurred. It is important that you get this correct as it impacts who the report is sent to.
  6. Input the date, time and description of the incident.
    • In the description, please include as much detail as possible, including any names or identifiers of any possible offenders and potential pollution sources. Examples of descriptors can be found in the table below.
  7. Include contact information
    • This allows the agency to follow up with you, either with more questions or to inform you of their response to your report
  8. Add a photo or video
    • Photos and videos can assist investigators and increase effectiveness of an investigation. Photos and videos are particularly important if reporting illegal discharge or if the incident stops before an investigator can arrive at the scene.
Smells, colors, textures of substances“Brown, chunky, streaky fluid that sits on water surface”
Area of land or water that substance covers“Substance covers water surface from the shoreline to approximately 100 feet out and from the pier at 101st Street to the pier at John Doe Dr.”
Name or identification of a vehicle, vessel, facility, or residence involved in the incidence“Boat name, vessel identification number, vehicle license plate, building address, etc.”
Very specific location details“Street cross section, building name/number, or any noteworthy landmarks”
How pollution affects you“Odor in the air burns nostrils”
Potential source, if known“Unidentified pipe on property is discharging raw sewage into the Bay”
Type/quantity of animals involved and any details to assist professionals in identifying type of organism, if applicable“Hundreds of two-inch long, narrow, silver fish with black spots along the side found dead and floating on water surface in canal”
Frequency or intensity of incident“Sheen has persisted for several weeks now. It’s smell can often me notices from 50 ft. away”

What happens to my report after I submit a Report?

Once submitted through GBAN, reports are automatically sent to the proper authority or authorities based on the indicated pollution type and municipality location. From there, authorities will respond to the report as they would with any other pollution complaint. If contact information is provided, authorities may reach out to learn more about the incident.

Who do I contact with more questions about GBAN?

Any questions or comments about the Galveston Bay Action Network can be directed to

Sarah Gossett, GBF’s Water Quality Volunteer Coordinator, at or 281-332-3381 ext. 217.

What Type of Pollution am I Seeing? 

Unsure of what type of pollution you should select? Do you know whether or not what you are seeing is pollution? Check out our pollution identification guide to help answer these questions! This guide walks you through the different types of pollution and how to identify them. 

Click Here for Pollution Guide

Any questions or comments to the Galveston Bay Action Network web application can be directed to Sarah Gossett at or 281-332-3381 extension 217.