About the Galveston Bay Foundation
The mission of the Galveston Bay Foundation (GBF) is to preserve and enhance Galveston Bay as a healthy and productive place for generations to come. GBF has been working to protect Galveston Bay for 30 years by establishing programs that work with all users of the Bay, and by providing volunteer and education opportunities to get people involved and train the next generation of bay stewards. GBF has formed a strong collaboration with citizens, communities, and other partners working on behalf of a healthy Bay.
For more information about the Galveston Bay Foundation, visit our website at www.galvbay.org.
In 2016, with your support, we:
- Created, restored, and enhanced approximately 70 acres of freshwater wetlands and prairie habitat at Rich Sanctuary
- Coordinated our annual Trash Bash event with 585 volunteers collecting an estimated 1.11 tons of trash, recyclables, and compostable materials as well as 49 tires from the Armand Bayou watershed
- Developed the Galveston Bay Action Network (GBAN) pollution reporting tool app that will allow the public to report incidences of pollution around the Bay from their smartphones and automatically forward those reports to authorities
- Engaged 1,500 students at 19 schools through the Get Hip to Habitat environmental education program
- Reclaimed an estimated 168 tons of oyster shells from restaurants around the Bay area and deployed over 7,800 oyster shells back into the bay on existing oyster reefs
- Hosted the Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at the Turtle Bayou Nature Preserve in Chambers County
- Trained 15 citizen monitors for the new Galveston Bay Dolphin Research and Conservation Program in partnership with the Environmental Institute of Houston to learn more about the bottlenose dolphin population in Galveston Bay
- Published the inaugural Galveston Bay Report Card, in which the Bay earned an overall grade of "C", to track the health of the Bay through 19 key indicators
The Galveston Bay Foundation is a four star charity on Charity Navigator!