Galveston Bay Estuary Program

Created in 1989 and managed by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ), the Galveston Bay Estuary Program (GBEP) works to preserve Galveston Bay for generations to come. Their conservation projects are guided by the Galveston Bay Plan which includes guideline actions for water quality, pathogens, land use, and more.

GBEP is one of 28 National Estuary Programs (NEP) administered by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and one of 2 estuary programs in Texas. In conjunction with all 28 NEPs, the non-profit Association of National Estuary Programs helps to educate lawmakers and local communities on the importance of estuaries. Estuaries are important for their role in the ecosystem as a “nursery.” To preserve Texas’ largest estuary, GBEP conducts regular cleanups, community awareness events, and planting projects. Check out their current projects here!

Partnerships – GBEP
Fishing line and plastic litter cleanup at the Texas City Dike, Galveston County.

With all that GBEP does, we are excited to be working with them! Together, we are facilitating research in the first part of 2022 and will produce teacher workshops to promote dialogue and action for estuary health in the latter half. Additionally, we will support prairie education and mapping in collaboration with EcoRise.