Subcommittees

Subcommittees of the Galveston Bay Council meet quarterly or as needed to facilitate The Plan’s day-to-day implementation activities. This includes developing projects and programs for each of the specific actions contained within The Plan. Through the work of the subcommittees:

  • partnerships are developed
  • tax dollars are saved
  • federal, state, and local resources and expertise are leveraged
  • duplication is minimized
  • product results are enhanced
  • costs to individual organizations are lowered

The subcommittees are:

Natural Resource Uses Subcommittee (NRU)

Coordinator: Lindsey Lippert,Lindsey.Lippert@tceq.texas.gov
Chair: Jamie Schubert, NOAA Restoration Center
Vice Chair: Bill Baker, Reliant Energy

The purpose of the NRU subcommittee is toadvise the Council and the Estuary Program staff on matters pertaining to habitat/living resource conservation and balanced human uses issues and activities. The Subcommittee will perform the following functions:

  • Provide a forum for information sharing and coordination of habitat/living resource conservation and balanced human uses activities.
  • Facilitate and assure agency commitments to implement habitat/living resource conservation and balanced human uses Actions of The Plan.
  • Make recommendations to the Council concerning proposed Natural Resource Uses projects.
  • Identify potential funding sources.
  • Develop and recommend to the Council annual priorities for implementation of the Natural Resource Uses Action Plans.
  • Provide updates of agency/organization activities that implement The Plan.
  • Assess progress towards Natural Resource Uses Action Plans


Water and Sediment Quality Subcommittee (WSQ)

Coordinator: Lisa M. Marshall Lisa.Marshall@tceq.texas.gov
Chair:Brian Koch, TSSWCB
Vice Chair:Justin Bower, H-GAC

The purpose of the of the WSQ Subcommittee is to advise the Council and the Program staff on matters pertaining to water and sediment quality issues and activities. In order to carry out this purpose, under the leadership of the Chair and Vice Chair, the subcommittee will perform the following functions:

  • Provide a forum for information sharing and coordination of bay-wide water and sediment quality activities.
  • Facilitate and assure agency commitments to implement Water and Sediment Quality Actions of The Plan.
  • Make recommendations to the Council concerning proposed WSQ projects.
  • Identify potential funding sources.
  • Develop and recommend to the Council annual priorities for implementation of the WSQ Action Plans.
  • Provide updates of agency/organization activities that implement The Plan.
  • Assess the success of WSQ Action Plans Action Plans

FIRST NAME

LAST NAME

ORGANIZATION

Charlene

Bohannon

Galveston Bay
Foundation

Justin

Bower, Vice Chair

Houston-Galveston Area
Council

Linda

Broach

Texas Commission on
Environmental Quality

Tammy

Brooks

Texas General Land
Office

Laurie

Curra

Texas Commission on
Environmental Quality

Winston

Denton

Texas Parks and
Wildlife

Mary

Edwards

Texas Coastal
Watershed Program

Lori

Traweek

Gulf Coastal Waste
Authority

Stephanie

Glenn

Houston Advanced
Research Center

Albert

Gonzales

Citizen

George

Guillen

Environmental
Institute of Houston

Rebecca

Hensley

Texas Parks and
Wildlife

Steve

Hupp

Bayou Preservation
Association

John

Jacob

Texas Coastal
Watershed Program

Doug

Jacobson

EPA

Brian

Koch, Chair

Texas State Soil and
Water Conservation Board

Steve

Mikulencak

Texas Coastal
Watershed Program

Gordon

Pederson

Gulf Coast Waste
Authority

Rachel

Powers

Houston-Galveston Area
Council

Antonietta

Quigg

Texas A&M at
University at Galveston

Elizabeth

Sears

Texas Commission on
Environmental Quality

Linda

Shead

Texas Coastal Partners

Bob

Stokes

Galveston Bay
Foundation

Carolyn

White

Harris County Flood
Control District

Kirk

Wiles

Texas Department of
State Health Services

Michele

Wilkins

Harris County Flood
Control District

Charriss

York

Texas Coastal
Watershed Program

Monitoring and Research Subcommittee (M&R)

Coordinator: Lisa M. Marshall Lisa.Marshall@tceq.texas.gov
Chair:Jim Lester
HARC Vice Chair:George Guillen, EIH-UHCL

The purpose of the Subcommittee is to:

  • Establish final design specifications for the Galveston Bay’s Regional Monitoring Program.
  • Oversee implementation of the program.
  • Ensure comparability of monitoring efforts.
  • Direct and approve future monitoring design modifications.
  • Secure institutional support for the program.

FIRST NAME

LAST NAME

ORGANIZATION

Linda

Broach

Texas Commission on
Environmental Quality

Glenda

Callaway

Galveston Bay
Foundation

Jim

Dobberstine

Lee College

Jeff

East

USGS

Lisa

Gonzalez

Houston Advanced
Research Center

George

Guillen, Vice Chair

Environmental
Institute of Houston

Rebecca

Hensley

Texas Parks and
Wildlife

Cynthia

Howard

University of Houston
at Clear Lake

John

Huffman

US Fish and Wildlife

John

Jacob

Texas Coastal
Watershed Program

Doug

Jacobson

EPA

Scott

Jones

Galveston Bay
Foundation

Martin

Kelly

Texas Commission on
Environmental Quality

Jae Young

Ko

Texas A&M
University at Galveston

Michael

Lee

USGS

Jim

Lester, Chair

Houston Advanced
Research Center

Robert

McFarlane

Citizen

Antonietta

Quiqq

Texas A&M
University at Galveston

Lance

Robinson

Texas Parks and
Wildlife

Jamie

Schubert

NOAA

Sharron

Stewart

Citizen

Bob

Stokes

Galveston Bay
Foundation

Glen

Sutton

Texas Parks and
Wildlife

Ashley

Thompson

Texas Parks and
Wildlife

Lori

Traweek

Gulf Coast Waste
Authority

Kirk

Wiles

Texas Department State
Health Services

Woody

Woodrow

US Fish and Wildlife

Jean

Wright

Houston-Galveston Area
Council

Public Participation and Education Subcommittee(PPE)

Coordinator: Cynthia Clevenger Cynthia.Clevenger@tecq.texas.gov
Chair: Kristi Alexander, Communications Consultant
Vice Chair: Amanda Brown, Education Director at Bayou Preservation Association

The purpose of the PPE Subcommittee is to advise the Council and the Program staff on matters pertaining to education and outreach issues and activities. In order to carry out this purpose, under the leadership of the Chair and Vice Chair, the subcommittee will perform the following functions:

  • Provide a forum for information sharing and coordination of bay-wide education and outreach activities.
  • Facilitate and assure agency commitments to implement Public Participation and Education Actions of The Plan.
  • Make recommendations to the Council concerning proposed PPE projects.
  • Identify potential funding sources.
  • Develop and recommend to the Council annual priorities for implementation of the PPE Action Plans.
  • Provide updates of agency/organization activities that implement The Plan.
  • Assess the success of PPE Action Plans.

Budget and Priorities Subcommittee

Membership is composed of the Chairs of the five standing GBC subcommittees, the former GBC Chairs, the present GBC Chair and Vice Chair, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) representatives on the GBC. The five subcommittees are: Natural Resource Uses (NRU), Water and Sediment Quality (WSQ), Monitoring and Research (M&R), Public Participation and Education (PPE), and Consistency Review (CR). The Subcommittee meets on an as needed basis.

The Budget and Priorities Subcommittee is a working group of the Galveston Bay Council (GBC) whose purpose and function is to:

  • Provide a forum for coordination among subcommittees to discuss projects and policies crossing issue areas.
  • Provide a forum for discussing subcommittee organizational, procedural, and functional activities.
  • Recommend annual and/or biennial goals to GBEP and the GBC.
  • Make recommendations to the Council Chair and the Program Director regarding issues to be brought before Council, including presentations, roundtable discussions, issues for Council comment, etc.
  • Oversee drafting of Council comments on issues potentially impacting Plan implementation.