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The Green Thing Weekly Tip: Did You Remember to Turn Off Your Lawn Sprinklers? Lawns don’t need water in the winter… They are dormant. Please help save precious water by turning off your lawn irrigation system. Find Out More ...

Brazilian Peppertree Eradicationbrazillian peppertree

The Galveston Bay Foundation (GBF) is engaged in a project to eradicate the Brazilian peppertree (Schinus terebinthifolius) from Galveston Island.  The Brazilian peppertree is a non-native, invasive plant species that was brought to Texas as an ornamental plant. According to “The Quiet Invasion: A Guide to Invasive Plants of the Galveston Bay Area,” Brazilian peppertree is considered one of the greatest threats to native biodiversity. This opportunistic species quickly forms dense thickets, shading out native vegetation and drastically affecting plant and animal communities. read on...

Oyster Reef RestorationOyster Reef Restoration

Galveston Bay Foundation staff members Tiffany Anders and Della Barbato have teamed up with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and community volunteers to restore oyster reefs damaged during Hurricane Ike, which buried half of the oyster reefs in Galveston Bay. These reefs serve as the cornerstone of the Bay’s ecosystem and their loss presents a threat to the bay’s long term health. Our current oyster restoration project is located near San Leon, TX, and aims to enhance the recreational fishing in the area (as these oysters are not for consumption). During restoration, bags of re-used oyster shells were hung off of local residents' piers to encourage oyster development before the shells were eventually distributed on artificially-constructed reef beds just beyond the piers. 

Strategies For Future Hurricane Mitigation: A Galveston Bay Foundation Position Paper

Hurricane Ike caused terrible loss of life, injuries, property destruction, and environmental harm to the Galveston Bay region. In response to this devastation, several proposals have been made which seek to limit damage from a future storm. The Galveston Bay Foundation urges that any solutions proposed to limit damage from future storms go through a full environmental review and recognize the importance of the natural environment, including our bay marshes, sea grasses and oyster reefs. Please click here to read more about our position on these proposed solutions.

Pine Bark Beetles

Dead pines are appearing throughout town due to Pine Bark Beetles; these beetles are a group of wood boring beetles that feed on pines. The beetles burrow under the bark, lay eggs in the tree, and the larvae burrow their way out, creating “exit holes.” Beetle damage may lead to secondary invasions, such as fungus and carpenter ants. The tree usually declines over several months and eventually dies.

Pine Bark Beetles are present in the environment but cause noticeable damage when trees are stressed. The recent hurricane, snow, drought cycle has caused trees to be stressed and more susceptible to the beetles. Signs of Pine Bark Beetle invasion include pin head sized holes in the trunk of the tree, visible red sawdust, yellowing of needles, and gradual browning of needles and death of the tree.  and more ...
Water Conservation Tips for Residents
by Kristi Wyatt

For Every Room in the House with Plumbing
• Repair leaky faucets, indoors and out.
• Consider replacing old equipment (like toilets, dishwashers and laundry machines). the rest...
Mohn makes presentation on Ike Dike to BAHEP members

BAY AREA HOUSTON, TEXAS – Jerry Mohn presented a program on the “Ike Dike” to the general membership of the Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership on July 22 at Bailey’s American Grille in Seabrook. Mohn is president of the Texas Chapter of the American Shore and Beach Preservation Association in addition to serving as vice chairman of the Galveston County Beach Erosion Task Force. there's more...
Coveted Four Star Ranking Received

Galveston Bay Foundation has received a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America's largest and most-utilized independent evaluator of charities. You can see our listing on their website, www.charitynavigator.org .
Burnet Bay Wetlands Project Breaks Ground

The Burnet Bay Wetlands Restoration Project is now under construction! Contractors began preparing the site in late May and started construction in mid-June. Over the next several months, the contractor will be dredging on-site material to create marsh mounds. Upon completion, the project will restore over 30 acres of intertidal wetlands. find out more...
Pump It Don’t Dump It – Passed Legislature
Pump-Don't Dump
Galveston Bay Foundation is excited to announce that SB 2445 passed the Texas Legislature and has been signed by Governor Perry. The new law will make it clear that a variety of boater sewage regulations apply to coastal waters and will enhance enforcement against boaters who choose to ignore the rules and discharge sewage illegally. The effort to pass this bill was broadly supported as GBF cooperated closely with the Marina Association of Texas, the Texas Outdoor Council and Texas Sea Grant.

Protecting Freshwater Inflows to Galveston Bay

Galveston Bay needs freshwater! While that may sound strange, the health and productivity of an estuary like Galveston Bay is dependent upon adequate amounts of freshwater flowing from our area rivers, bayous, creeks. Those freshwaters and the salty water of the Gulf of Mexico meet and mix in Galveston Bay, offering a rich habitat in which so many plants and animals flourish – and providing for the enjoyment and economic well-being of millions of people in the Houston-Galveston area. learn more...

Sportsman Road

In the summer of 2007, GBF and partners protected over 1,500 feet of shoreline just west of Sportsman Road. On July 19th, project partners along with volunteers from CCA, NRG, and local homeowners constructed an additional 500 feet of breakwater at this location. CCA has pledged additional funding for this project, and the breakwater will be extended once again in summer 2009!
Sweetwater Nature Preserve

In 2005 GBF constructed a 900 foot breakwater of stacked concrete bags along the shoreline of the Sweetwater Nature Preserve. The concrete bag breakwater has proved to be effective at this location and today is covered up with oysters. In 2008, GBF has followed up this project by extending the breakwater using reef domes. By using reef domes, GBF and its partners will be able to see a side by side comparison of the effectiveness of concrete bags and reef domes in their roles of protecting and creating wildlife habitat. To date, GBF has constructed over 1,000 feet of reef dome breakwater along the Sweetwater Nature Preserve’s shoreline and has plans to extend it further this fall.
Shoreline Protection Projects

Reef domes are patented hollow concrete dome-like structures used for shoreline protection and wildlife habitat. GBF has been using reef domes in the construction of breakwaters to protect eroding marsh shorelines in West Bay. Breakwaters serve to break or reduce wave action that impacts our shorelines causing erosion of this important natural resource. read on...

Marine Debris Removal Projects Continue

 

Galveston Bay Foundation remains committed to addressing the issue of marine debris. GBF has contracted with PRC Environmental for the removal of four derelict and abandoned barges from Dickinson Bayou. Funds for removal are provided through a grant from the EPA Gulf of Mexico Program. The removal work pictured to the left was performed in May 2008. Look for progress updates on our website at www.galvbay.org . there's more to learn...
Burnet Bay Wetlands Restoration

Historical aerial images dating back to 1944 show that Burnet Bay between the northwestern shoreline and Crosby-Lynchburg Road was bounded by rather extensive wetlands. A gradual loss of these wetlands occurred between 1944 and 1969. A large water reservoir was constructed on the opposite side of Crosby-Lynchburg Road in the 1970s, and by 1978 nearly all of these wetland habitats were lost. Today, only two small emergent landforms remain: the larger is a short peninsula attached to Crosby-Lynchburg Road, the smaller is a small island about ¼ of the way across Burnet Bay. Land surface subsidence in this area equaled nearly 8 feet between 1906 and 1987. Since the late 1970s, subsidence largely has been abated along the ship channel and in the Baytown and Pasadena areas in the coastal lowlands south and east of Houston owing to a reduction in ground-water pumping. read on...

Brazilian Peppertree on Galveston Island

Just by the looks of it, it’s hard to imagine how such an innocuous looking plant as the Brazilian peppertree could wreak such havoc on the native ecosystems of Galveston Island. Many island residents will describe it as a rather pretty shade tree, and understandably so. Its dense evergreen foliage and bright red berries (that come just in time for the Christmas holidays) might make it a rather desirable plant to have around. learn more...
 
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“Pump It, Don’t Dump It!”

Since the beginning of 2008, GBF has partnered with the TCEQ Galveston Bay Estuary Program, Clean Texas Marina Program, Clear Lake Marina Association and others to address the serious issue of boater sewage discharge in Galveston Bay. The team has developed a boater waste education campaign, “Pump It, Don’t Dump It,” targets the Clear Lake boating/marina community and applies to Bay users as a whole. The purpose of the campaign is to decrease the incidence of the discharge of boater waste into the Galveston Bay system, particularly Clear Lake, which has the third highest concentration of privately owned marinas in the U.S. read on...
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