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The Galveston Bay Council

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.

Leading Implementation
The GBEP and the Galveston Bay Council

COUNCIL MEMBERSHIP
Sarah P. Bernhardt – GBEP Program Director
Gregory Biddinger – Galveston Bay Council Chair
Ceil Price – Galveston Bay Council Vice-Chair

Council Members

Type of organization

Interest Represented

Appointee

Federal Agencies: U.S. Coast Guard Denys Rivas
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Carolyn Murphy
Environmental Protection Agency Doug Jacobson
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service John Huffman
U.S. Geological Survey Mike Lee
National Marine Fisheries Service Heather Young
USDA – Natural Resources Conservation Service Scott Alford
State Agencies: Texas Department of Agriculture Kristin Lambrecht
Texas General Land Office Kate Zultner
Texas Railroad Commission Charlie Teague
Texas Department of State Health Services Kirk Wiles
Texas Department of Transportation Mark Fisher
Texas Commission on Environmental Quality Kelly Holligan
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Rebecca Hensley
Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board Brian Koch
Texas Water Development Board Carla Guthrie
Regional/Local Governments: Gulf Coast Waste Disposal Authority Lori Traweek
Houston-Galveston Area Council Jeff Taebel
Port of Houston Authority Garry McMahon
City of Houston Ceil Price
Large Local Governments (populations >500,000) Michael D. Talbott, P.E.
Medium Local Governments (populations 25,000 – 500,000) Dennis Harris
Small Local Governments (populations <25,000) Marybeth Stengler
Trinity River Authority Glenn Clingenpeel
San Jacinto River Authority Reed Eichelberger
Environmental/ Citizen’s Groups: Galveston Bay Foundation Bob Stokes
Coastal Conservation Association Texas Matthew Still
Citizens-at-Large Sharron L. Stewart
League of Women Voters Nancy Parra
Low-Income Community Albert Gonzales
Minorities Vacant
Other Conservation Organizations Linda Shead
Private Sector: Greater Houston Partnership Beth Everage
GenOn Energy Bill Baker
Gulf Economic Development District Chuck Wemple
Industry Gregory Biddinger
East Harris County Manufacturer’s Association Ana Partin
Marinas Helen Paige
Commercial Fisheries Tracy Woody
Research/Academia: Major Universities Hanadi Rifai
Grant Program John Jacob