Galveston Bay is in overall good condition, but the loss of wetlands, along with a slight decline in water quality and sea level rise, are concerning factors, according to the 2019 Galveston Bay Report Card.
The annual report card was released Wednesday by the Galveston Bay Foundation and the Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC).
Galveston Bay and the surrounding watersheds span 24,000 square miles. Lisa Gonzalez, president and CEO of HARC, told Houston Matters that the main purpose of the report card is “to provide science based, data based information to the public on the health of the bay.”
The bay and surrounding watersheds received an overall grade of a C, which has been consistent since the report’s inception in 2015.
The research is divided into six categories:
- Pollution events and sources
- Human health risks
- Water quality
- Coastal change
The habitat category received a D grade — […]