In accordance with The Plan, a coordinating body, The Galveston Bay Council , was created and appointed by the TNRCC (now the TCEQ) in November 1995. In essence, the Galveston Bay Council represents a continuation of the stakeholders of the Management Conference convened for the plan’s creation. This Council will:
Provide an ongoing forum for technical and stakeholder review and involvement during The Plan implementation.
Contribute to assessments of Plan effectiveness and participate in periodic redirection of The Plan initiatives.
Advise the TCEQ during consistency reviews of eligible federal projects.
Maintain agency commitments to implement The Plan; assure efficient cross-jurisdictional coordination and, if necessary, facilitate resolution of disputes.
Set annual priorities for the implementation of action plans.
The various Galveston Bay stakeholder groups are represented by the Council membership.
The GBEP and the Galveston Bay Council
Sarah P. Bernhardt – GBEP Program Director
Gregory Biddinger – Galveston Bay Council Chair
Ceil Price – Galveston Bay Council Vice-Chair
Type of organization
U.S. Coast Guard
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Environmental Protection Agency
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
U.S. Geological Survey
National Marine Fisheries Service
USDA – Natural Resources Conservation Service
Texas Department of Agriculture
Texas General Land Office
Texas Railroad Commission
Texas Department of State Health Services
Texas Department of Transportation
Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board
Texas Water Development Board
Gulf Coast Waste Disposal Authority
Houston-Galveston Area Council
Port of Houston Authority
City of Houston
Large Local Governments (populations >500,000)
Michael D. Talbott, P.E.
Medium Local Governments (populations 25,000 – 500,000)