Cultivating Community Awareness through Science, Partnerships, and Programs: The Galveston Bay Report Card
The Galveston Bay Report Card is a community-driven, scientific analysis of the health of Galveston Bay, the largest estuary on the Texas coast and the seventh largest estuary in the United States. A practical response to effects of climate change on the Bay, the report card examines, among other things, loss or degradation of coastal habitats, freshwater inflows, and water and sediment quality. It is supported by a grant from Houston Endowment, along with a EPA GOMA grant to translate content into Spanish. Implemented by Galveston Bay Foundation and Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC), the Report Card develops local scientific knowledge about the Bay while simultaneously engaging community members to design solutions that improve its health.