HARC is partnering with the Galveston Bay Foundation (GBF) to provide citizens with the Galveston Bay Report Card. The Report Card will feature critical information on the health of Galveston Bay, one of the most important and productive bays in the country.
Through a grant from Houston Endowment, the Galveston Bay Report Card will provide the public with citizen-driven, science-based measures to assess the health of the bay. The Report Card will discuss topics such as the status of key habitats, fish and wildlife populations, trends in water quality of local bayous and the bay, and impacts of coastal change and sea level rise.
The Galveston Bay Report Card will use a novel approach to base the development of scientific indicators on what the public wants to know about the bay and surrounding watershed. To determine what citizens would like to know about Galveston Bay, GBF and HARC will utilize web and social media to reach out to community leaders, members of the public, and stakeholders, including boaters, fishermen, educators, and civic groups to determine their interests, thus making the Galveston Bay Report Card useful to all who live near, use and enjoy the bay.
The goal of the Galveston Bay Report Card, scheduled to be released in early 2015, is to promote the conservation of Galveston Bay’s natural resources and to increase public participation in the creation of and support for management strategies that protect the bay.