Texas Gulf wetlands face population, development challenges

HARC in the News


By Kathryn Eastburn, Associated Press

HARC research and researchers featured in 6-part series focused on the health of coastal wetlands.

To a motorist, zipping south through Galveston County from Houston to Galveston Island, the surrounding landscape might look like a whole lot of nothing — flat land, scrubby grass and frontage roads edging up to open prairie.

The Galveston County Daily News reports only the occasional sight of a seabird landing among tall grasses might warrant a glance. READ MORE


As much as 70 percent of seagrasses in salt marshes along Galveston Bay has been lost since the 1950s because of subsidence, sinking land caused by groundwater withdrawal for industrial and residential use.