The majority of tributaries flowing into the western side of Galveston Bay in Harris County do not meet water quality standards and are classified as impaired. Harris County is home to a population of nearly four million people, estimated to double in size by the year 2030.
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 .