Water Protection

A Clean Bay For All

At Galveston Bay Foundation, we want to ensure a Bay for all and do our part to keep the Bay fishable and swimmable. That is why water protection remains at the core of our work. Through various volunteer water monitoring efforts, water conservation programs, and pollution mitigation measures, we’re all able to help protect the quality of Galveston Bay’s waters, for all.


Data-Driven Information

Galveston Bay Foundation’s Water Monitoring Team conducts monthly water quality sampling at various locations around Galveston Bay. The team collects data on air and water temperature, dissolved oxygen, pH, salinity, transparency, and other field observations. Click here for a map and data from our water monitoring sites around the Bay. The data are uploaded on our Swim Guide which is a great tool to check and see if the water is safe to swim in!

Informed with these data, we can get a more complete picture of the health of Galveston Bay and utilize it to educate local decision-makers and the public on water quality issues. These important data also help us pinpoint potential problems, understand historical trends, and allows us to advocate for responsible water management practices.

Interested in using these data to answer a water quality question? E-mail us at waterquality@galvbay.org with any questions you have. We’re happy to work with you to find the answers.

Rain Barrel Workshops

Conserve Water, Prevent Pollution
Did you know that one rain barrel can conserve approximately 1,050 gallons per year? That translates to great environmental benefits and cost savings, especially when you consider that lawn and garden watering make up nearly 40 percent of total household water use during the summer!

Through our Rain Barrel Workshops, we help participants build their own rain barrels to conserve water and reduce storm water runoff, pollution, and bacteria entering Galveston Bay. Each workshop includes information on rain barrel use and maintenance, and you’re provided with the tools you’ll need to begin constructing your very own rain barrel. Registration is $35, which includes one barrel and one connector kit, as well as admission to the workshop for yourself and one guest.

Thank you to LyondellBasell and Coca-Cola Southwest Beverages for their generous support of our Rain Barrel Workshops.

Upcoming Workshops Schedule & Registration

January 4th Workshop with OLLI Angleton

Galveston Bay Foundation is partnering with the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute in Angleton to offer this rain barrel pickup and virtual workshop. Rain barrels in this community will help reduce runoff into West Bay and our newly-acquired 4,714 acres of wetland habitat along Chocolate Bay. Pre-registration is required before pickup.

Register HERE!


Take Action– Ensure Fast Pollution Clean-up

We need your #EyesOnGalvBay in order to keep your Bay and community clean! That’s why we created the Galveston Bay Action Network (GBAN), an interactive tool for reporting pollution in Brazoria, Chambers, Galveston, and Harris counties.

GBAN enables citizens to easily report pollution relating to sewage, abandoned vessels, discolored water, fish kills, septic systems, trash and debris, and more. Once a report has been submitted, it’s automatically sent to the appropriate authorities to take action.

Take action and ensure the fastest pollution cleanup. Download the Galveston Bay Action Network mobile app from the iTunes Store or Google Play for free today or report online.


Every Ounce Counts!

Galveston Bay needs a healthy mixture of freshwater and saltwater for the Bay to thrive. As water from rivers, bayous, and creeks descend into Galveston Bay, it meets with seawater from the Gulf of Mexico and dilutes it, making it less salty and less ideal for the fish, shrimp, crab, oysters, and other plants and animals that call the Bay home. However, with the population of the Houston-Galveston region expected to double in the next 40 years, increased demand for fresh water could jeopardize flow volumes from these important tributaries and adversely affect Galveston Bay’s health and productivity.

We encourage everyone in our community to conserve freshwater whether it’s by reducing outdoor irrigation, installing a rain barrel, or repairing leaks at home – every ounce counts! These small steps together make a huge impact and help ensure adequate volume of water continues to reach the Bay.
We’re all connected to Galveston Bay. Let’s work together to ensure it remains a healthy place!


Let’s Do Our Part

One of Galveston Bay’s recurring issues is helping to protect clean water by reducing bacteria contamination from fecal matter—specifically, fecal matter released from boats.

You can do your part to help us keep Galveston Bay safe, healthy, and clean! If you’re a boat owner, commit to pumping out the waste from your boat’s head into a pump-out facility, and encourage your neighbors to do the same.

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