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Galveston Bay Status and Trends

For more than 40 years federal, state and local agencies and organizations have monitored the health of Galveston Bay. Databases describing the bay’s water and sediment quality, living resources, fisheries landings and seafood safety are just a few of the many that exist. The intention of this project is to apply these data to the management issues raised in the Galveston Bay Plan regarding the health and integrity of Galveston Bay and the surrounding watershed.

The goal of the Galveston Bay Status and Trends Project is to compile, manage, analyze, and disseminate monitoring and environmental impact data collected by organizations with quality assurance procedures and long-term records of or a commitment to monitoring and managing Galveston Bay resources. Data are obtained, quality assured, and processed into standardized formats and stored in secure databases. Data are analyzed to update established indicators of bay health according to priorities set by the Galveston Bay Estuary Program and its stakeholders.

The Galveston Bay Status and Trends Project is a project of the Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC). The Galveston Bay Status and Trends Project is financed through grants from the the Galveston Bay Estuary Program with funding from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency .

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Project Announcements

Publications, Lectures & Presentations

Erin Kinney, Postdoctoral Research Scientist, Coastal Ecology, presented at the Gulf Estuarine Research Society 2014 Biennial Meeting in Port Aransas, Texas October 30, 2014.

Publications, Lectures & Presentations

Brad Neish will present at the 2014 AWRA Spring Specialty Conference (Geographic Information Systems and Water Resources VIII - Data to Decisions) in Salt Lake City, Utah on May 12, 2014.

Press Releases

HARC created an interactive mapping application to allow the public to understand some of the potential environmental impacts the March 2014 oil spill may have on the Galveston Bay.


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