Welcome to Galveston Bay Foundation

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The Galveston Bay Foundation was founded in 1987 as a nonprofit organization to preserve, protect and enhance Galveston Bay -- one of the world's most productive estuaries. Its balanced programs in advocacy, conservation, education, and research strive to ensure that Galveston Bay remains a beautiful and productive place for generations to come.

Recent News


Download Our Drive and Discover Mobile Phone App!

We're excited to be offering a FREE mobile version of our Galveston Bay Drive & Discover Guide, which you can download the app from your iphone or Android app store by searching "Galveston Bay" or by visiting these links: Android:http://goo.gl/Rhomhe Apple:http://goo.gl/iXxDH1

Galveston Bay Drive & Discover Guide is a publication that blends both human and natural history of Galveston Bay into an easy-to-understand guide for visiting points of historic, geologic, and environmental interest. Find out more about the guide here.

The hard copy of the Galveston Bay Drive & Discover Guide is available for free by sending an email to mabernathy@galvbay.org with your mailing address.


Bravos for the Bay - An Evening of Volunteer Appreciation

Many of the positive impacts that have been made in Galveston Bay this year are thanks to the generous support of volunteers. Words cannot express the true value of these amazing individuals, and seeing them in bay-saving action year after year is inspirational. To express our sincere gratitude, we have revived our annual Bravos for the Bay Volunteer Appreciation Evening. Anyone who volunteered with the Galveston Bay Foundation in 2013 is invited to attend this evening of mingling, hors d’oeuvres, drinks and recognition, taking place on Thursday, January 16th at 6:00 p.m. at the Texas Corinthian Yacht Club (please note location change from Lakewood Yacht Club).

For more information on this event or to RSVP, please contact Emily Ford at eford@galvbay.org.


Now Recruiting Boats/Airboats for the 2014 Abandoned Crab Trap Removal

When crabbing season draws to a close in late February of 2014, Texas Parks and Wildlife will call on assistance from the general public to remove and destroy abandoned crab traps in Galveston Bay. Traps left behind can be hazardous to important species such as the diamondback terrapin, and may also capture or en tangle other animals. The Galveston Bay Foundation will host a day of crab trap removal at Ft. Anahuac Park on Saturday, February 22nd. We are actively gathering support and assistance from volunteers who have boats or airboats or who are willing to assist on-land with this important task.

To offer your assistance or to find out more about abandoned crab trap removal, please contact Emily Ford at eford@galvbay.org.


It's Workplace Giving Season!

Fall is the time when many companies give their employees an opportunity to make workplace giving decisions. We'd be honored if you'd consider the Galveston Bay Foundation as one of your designees for workplace giving. These funds are crucial in providing consistent funding throughout the year and are often matched by employers, giving us even greater ability to preserve and protect Galveston Bay!

Examples of campaigns where we are listed include:

  • Shell HERO Program
  • Chevron Humankind
  • Accenture Employee Giving Campaign
  • Port of Houston Combined Charities Campaign
  • City of Austin Employees (COACCC) Code: 1813
  • City of Houston Employees (HCMC) Code: 1484
  • Houston Independent School District Employees (HISD) Code: 192
  • State Employee Charitable Campaign (SECC) Code: 035599
  • Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) Code: 182557
  • and many, many more…

In many cases we are listed directly and through our workplace giving partner, EarthShare of Texas. If you work for a company that does not list GBF and you would like to see us included, please feel free to call (281) 332-3381 x211. Thanks very much for considering this crucial support!


More Than 1000 Riders Join GBF for Bike Around the Bay 2013!

The seventh annual Bike Around the Bay Sponsored by Shell took place October 12-13, 2013 with more than 1000 registered riders for the first time in the ride's history. The two day ride started out a bit soggy at Barbers Hill ISD in Mont Belvieu, but the weather cooperated for the rest of the ride as cyclists made their way around the bay on their 180-mile journey. The proceeds of the ride benefit projects that preserve wetlands, protect natural habitat, and enhance the water quality of the bay. The Galveston Bay Foundation would like to thank all the riders, volunteers and sponsors who made this the most successful Bike Around the Bay yet! Bike Around the Bay 2014 is scheduled for October 18-19, 2014.


GBF Awarded Accreditation by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission

GBF is excited to announce that after an extensive evaluation, we have been awarded accreditation by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission. GBF is among 230 land trusts from across the country, including seven in Texas, that have been awarded accreditation since the fall of 2008. Since its establishment in 1987, GBF has conserved over 3,300 acres of coastal habitat through property acquisitions and conservation easements and is working to substantially increase acreage conserved in the coming year. GBF is now able to display a seal of accreditation indicating to the public that it meets national standards for excellence, upholds the public trust, and ensures that conservation efforts are permanent. The seal is a mark of distinction in land conservation. To read more about the accreditation, view the press release.


Redfish Raft-Up 2013

It's was a great time out on the bay on Sunday, September 1st for Redfish Raft-Up! Thank you to everyone who joined us, our sponsors and especially Star Fleet Yachts for partnering with us to hold this event each year! If you missed out on purchasing a Redfish Raft-Up shirt during the event, you can still purchase one through our online purchase page for $10 each!


Advisory on Spotted Seatrout Removed for Most of Galveston Bay

The Galveston Bay Foundation celebrates the removal of the seafood consumption advisory on spotted seatrout (speckled trout) for most of the Galveston Bay system, including a portion of Upper Galveston Bay and all of Trinity, Lower Galveston, East, West, Chocolate, Drum, Bastrop, and Christmas bays. According to the Texas Department of State Health Services, the concentrations of dioxins and polychlorinated biphenyls had decreased to acceptable levels and no longer pose a significant health risk. We hope to see a long-term decrease in the concentrations of toxins in seafood as sources of these “legacy pollutants” are identified and eliminated. For almost three years, GBF has worked to ensure that a major dioxin hotspot, the San Jacinto River Waste Pits Superfund site (SJRWP) on the San Jacinto River at Interstate 10, is cleaned up as fast as possible. We continue to work with local, state, and federal agencies, industry, and other non-profit organization to ensure appropriate long-term clean-up of the site occurs and will work to uncover and clean up other abandoned waste pits or areas, such as Patrick Bayou on the Houston Ship Channel. Read the press release on the avisory update or view the seafood consumption advisories page for more information.

Over 9,000 lbs. of Trash Removed from Armand Bayou During Trash Bash 2013!

On March 23, 615 volunteers collected over 6,000 lbs. of trash and over 3,000 lbs. of recyclable materials from six land-based and two water-based collection sites along and around Armand Bayou. We would like to thank all of the volunteers for their time and help in making this another successful Trash Bash!

To view photos from the day, visit our facebook photo album.


Clean Texas Marina of the Year Awarded to Marina Del Sol for Project with the Galveston Bay Foundation

Marina Del Sol was given the 2012 Clean Marina of the Year Award for the State of Texas for its efforts to improve water quality through a partnership with the Galveston Bay Foundation (GBF). This award is part of the Clean Texas Marina Program through Texas Sea Grant. Each year, marinas apply for the award based on a specific project they are implementing to benefit the environment. Marina Del Sol’s ongoing Clean Water Partnership with GBF focuses on reducing pathogenic bacteria entering the water, which can come from boat sewage in addition to other land based sources like pet waste and sewer overflows. GBF regularly receives reports across Clear Lake and Galveston Bay regarding illegal boat sewage discharges into the water and the staff at Marina Del Sol is taking proactive steps to ensure that its tenants are educated on the issue and are helping to keep our bay fishable and swimmable. Click here for more information.


Amber Mckenna with Marina Del Sol (L) accepts the 2012 Clean Marina of the Year Award from Dewayne Hollin with Clean Texas Marina Program, and Lynda Hall with the Marina Association of Texas.


Reliant EcoShareSM Program to Benefit GBF and Help Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

The Galveston Bay Foundation  is pleased to announce the second year of The Reliant EcoShareSM, a way that Texans can support the Galveston Bay Foundation and offset their own carbon production at the same time. Reliant and EarthShare of Texas have launched a program that allows Reliant customers to help reduce their carbon footprints through the purchase of carbon offsets. And for each customer-purchased offset, Reliant will make a contribution to EarthShare of Texas and its participating organizations. As an EarthShare of Texas participating organization, the Galveston Bay Foundation will benefit from this program. For more information, visit the EarthShare of Texas website or go directly to reliant.com/ecoshare.


GBF Recycles 54 Tons of Oyster Shell in 2012

From January through December 2012, GBF recycled an estimated 54 TONS of oyster shell from Tommy’s Restaurant. Much of the shell collected in 2012 will be used to make oyster bars that will help enhance oyster reef habitat adjacent to GBF’s Sweetwater Preserve in West Bay. GBF is working to expand its oyster shell recycling program to multiple restaurants in 2013. Visit our Oyster Shell Recycling page to learn more about the program.

All recycled oyster shell is sun-cured for a 6-month minimum period on GBF''s property before going back to the bay.


Clean Water Partnership Launched with City of Nassau Bay

GBF launched a Clean Water Partnership with the City of Nassau Bay at the end of 2012, which will provide them with various hands-on opportunities to reduce bacteria levels in the bay. Paul Lopez, Public Works Director, states, “as a water front community we take great pride in protecting and preserving our waterways and natural resources. GBF is a highly respected organization in our community, and we are excited to be a Bay Ambassador!” Thus far, GBF led a marsh restoration demonstration and assisted with a shoreline cleanup at Nassau Bay’s annual Beautification Day, as well as trained a volunteer to carry out monthly water quality monitoring in the community. GBF is now collaborating with them to develop a rain barrel pilot program for residents, which will benefit both water quality and water-use efficiency.



Paul Lopez, Public Works Director, receives GBF’s Clean Water Partnership certificate on behalf of the City of Nassau Bay.



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Upcoming Events:

Bravos for the Bay Volunteer Appreciation Event
January 16, 6:00 p.m.

Abandoned Crab Trap Removal
February 22

Bay at the Kemah Boardwalk
April 26

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