The Galveston Bay Estuary Program
Officially established in 1989, the Galveston Bay Estuary Program (GBEP) is one of two estuary programs in Texas. We are also one of twenty-eight National Estuary Programs (NEPs) in the United States.* As a non-regulatory program administered by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, we are charged with implementing The Galveston Bay Plan — a Comprehensive Conservation Management Plan for Galveston Bay. Our office is located in Houston, Texas. A Program Director and seven staff members oversee The Plan’s implementation.
Since many agencies carry out a multitude of laws, coordinating a broad range of issues among them is necessary. Our program is committed to forging diverse and vital partnerships with various organizations. We effectively work with local governments, businesses, ports, commercial fisheries, recreational anglers, environmental organizations, and state and federal natural resource agencies.
To preserve Galveston Bay for generations to come.
To provide comprehensive ecosystem management through collaborative partnerships and to ensure preservation of the bay’s multiple uses.
- Acquire, manage, and disburse funds to implement specific actions in The Plan;
- Provide for coordination and communication among state and federal resource agencies for the many cross jurisdictional issues;
- Coordinate, monitor, and track implementation activities of The Plan’s partners;
- Identify and communicate bay improvements to agencies, stakeholders, and the public;
- Conduct public outreach and education to increase awareness of Galveston Bay;
- Advocate conservation of the estuary; and,
- Maintain stakeholder involvement in the decision making process through the Galveston Bay Council, a 41 member advisory committee for The Plan’s implementation.
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*In 1987, the U.S. Congress established the National Estuary Program (NEP) to promote long-term planning and management of nationally significant estuaries.