A LETTER FROM OUR PRESIDENT Dear Galveston Bay Foundation Friends and Colleagues,
Galveston Bay continues to face challenges to its long-term health and prosperity. Continued population growth in our region and habitat fragmentation around the Bay puts stress on both water quality and local wildlife populations. However, I look at our Annual Report as an opportunity to see the positive differences we are making together. From returning more than 20 0 tons of recycled oyster shells to the Bay that help filter the water, to engaging nearly 3,0 0 0 students outdoors and in classrooms, real and tangible impacts have been made this year. But it doesnâ€™t stop at this report or this year. We envision a Bay brimming with vitality, connected to people and contributing to the community in ever y possible way. With your help, Galveston Bay Foundation will continue to make great strides in achieving a healthy Galveston Bay. To further carr y out this vision, we are currently undergoing a capital campaign to build a state-of-the-art headquarters and education facility in Kemah. Our future home will ser ve as a place where community visitors of all ages can access the Bay and learn about its value. We are ver y excited to share our progress with you in the coming year and fill a great need in the community.
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CELEBRATIONS & RECOGNITIONS
Thank you for all youâ€™ve helped us achieve in 2018. We look for ward to an exciting future and accomplishing even more for Galveston Bay together this year.
BOB STOKES President, Galveston Bay Foundation
WORKING TOGETHER AND OVERCOMING FEARS THROUGH SCIENTIFIC MONITORING By Cindy Wilems, Director of Education
Galveston Bay Foundation’s education programs get students outdoors through hands-on STEM curriculum.
students engaged - over half of whom are considered low-income - in 77 youth education events, both in their classrooms and on the Bay
volunteers donated a combined 8,932 hours to help preserve, protect and enhance Galveston Bay
During a Students In Action event at Galveston Bay Foundation’s Trinity Bay Discovery Center, I had a group of students from Texas A&M at Galveston Sea Camp’s high school scientific research camp use a seine to collect species data of aquatic organisms found near a newly-constructed oyster reef. They spent an hour seining, and the data we collected was very interesting! The reef was completed in mid-July, and the student’s data showed aquatic organisms are flourishing near the new reef. The students found shrimp, blue crab, bay anchovy, gaftop catfish, menhaden, silversides, sand trout, and tonguefish. Our goal is to collect data quarterly over a few years. We will then be able to concretely show the importance oyster reefs have on aquatic organisms. Afterwards, I was told that some students were afraid to go in the water the previous day. The chaperones were shocked that those students went in the water willingly with me, and actually volunteered to help with the seine net. I can’t help but believe that they overcame their fears in part because I spent a great deal of time explaining why we built the reef, and how important their work that day was going to be for Galveston Bay Foundation. It was great seeing the students learn how to identify the different organisms and, more importantly, how to work together to collect quality species data. They learned that it was critical to communicate clearly and not talk over each other, which can be challenging for anyone when standing in waistdeep water holding jumpy shrimp!
IT WAS GREAT SEEING THE STUDENTS LEARN HOW TO IDENTIFY THE DIFFERENT ORGANISMS AND, MORE IMPORTANTLY, HOW TO WORK TOGETHER TO COLLECT QUALITY DATA.”
– Cindy Wilems, Galveston Bay Foundation Director of Education
Provided curriculum, lessons and training on a variety of Galveston Bay topics to 124 local teachers during professional development opportunities
Debuted “The Pod,” a bottlenose dolphin activity trunk designed for use by 5-12th grade teachers in their classrooms
Hosted Bay Day Festival at Kemah Boardwalk, with 50 educational exhibits and over 3,0 0 0 visitors in attendance
IF WE DON’T TAKE CARE OF THE BAY, IT’S GOING TO BE FURTHER POLLUTED AND THE KIDS WON’T HAVE ANYWHERE TO FISH OR RESOURCES TO USE. LEARNING HOW TO TAKE CARE AND RESPECT IT - THE KIDS COULDN’T DO THAT WITHOUT THE HELP OF THE FOUNDATION.” – Catherine Rinhart, Parent of student participant 6
RESTORE Galveston Bay Foundation’s restoration programs protect and restore the Bay’s natural resources.
1.5 acres of marsh restored with smooth cordgrass at sites in Anahuac, Beach City, Galveston and Texas City
4,400 new oysters raised and transplanted from 223 oyster gardens to Galveston Bay reefs
EACH BUSINESS THAT PROVIDED OYSTER SHELLS TO THIS PROJECT PLAYED A VITAL ROLE IN ITS SUCCESS. INDIVIDUALLY, THOSE BUSINESSES WOULD NOT BE ABLE TO BUILD THIS REEF, BUT BY WORKING TOGETHER WITH THE GUIDANCE OF GALVESTON BAY FOUNDATION, THE PROJECT IS COMPLETE AND THE REEF PROVIDES ENHANCED ECOLOGICAL BENEFITS TO THE BAY.” – Bill Baker, Contractor for Dickinson Bay oyster reef restoration project (pictured above)
REMOVED AN ESTIMATED
pounds of trash and recyclables and 6 tires from the Armand Bayou watershed during the River, Lakes, Bays ‘N Bayous Trash Bash® event and 221 abandoned crab traps from Trinity and East Bays during TPWD’s annual Abandoned Crab Trap Removal event
pounds of oyster shells from six partner restaurants and utilized 532,000 pounds of recycled shell to construct 555 feet of oyster bars in Trinity and West Bays as well as two reef mounds in Dickinson Bay
miles of vulnerable shoreline and adjacent upland habitats from continued erosion at Moses Lake, Oyster Lake and Trinity Bay 10
PROTECT Galveston Bay Foundation’s water programs ensure Galveston Bay is fishable and swimmable. A PASSION FOR WATER MONITORING Suzanne Milby has loved Galveston Bay for a long time. For the past three years, she’s been channeling that passion into her position as a volunteer water quality monitor for Galveston Bay Foundation. Suzanne hoped to set an example for her young grandsons, to show them the importance of fostering a lifelong connection SUZANNE CAME ACROSS A to the Bay like her own. Recently, Suzanne came NEWSPAPER CLIPPING OF HER across a newspaper clipping of her high school science fair project — on water quality in El Lago. HIGH SCHOOL SCIENCE FAIR “I just had to bring [the clipping] in,” she said. “It’s PROJECT ON THE WATER QUALITY IN EL LAGO. funny that the circle has come around.” Galveston Bay Foundation relies on passionate volunteers like Suzanne to help make a difference for the Bay.
296 Established two cooking oil recycling stations in Bay area communities
rain barrels distributed at six community workshops, creating the potential to conserve over 310,800 gallons of water per year
Hosted the Houston Cities H20 Challenge, a friendly water conservation competition, which resulted in
3.5M gallons of potential annual water savings 12
Collected 100+ reports through the Galveston Bay Action Network, a Galveston Bay Foundation pollution reporting tool. Users can ensure the fastest pollution response by using the app at galvbay.org/gban. 13
CONSERVE Galveston Bay Foundation’s conservation programs protect vital habitat in perpetuity.
ACTIVE CONSERVATION IS SO IMPORTANT WHERE WE GET OUT AND HELP AND RESTORE HABITAT IN ANY WAY WE CAN IN A HANDS-ON, DIRECT WAY.” – Ben Jones, Galveston Bay Foundation volunteer
117 trees planted at Galveston Bay Foundation properties
500 invasive trees 14
140 feet of boardwalk built at Turtle Bayou Nature Preser ve
1,100 feet of fence line and maintained 4 miles of trails 15
ADVOCATE Galveston Bay Foundation’s advocacy programs work with policy and decision makers to protect the health and well-being of the Bay.
THE CULTIVATION OF COMMUNITY CONSERVATION AWARENESS BEGINS WITH UNDERSTANDING THE COMMUNITY ITSELF. WITH THAT CULTIVATION COMES THE HOPE THAT AWARENESS WILL LEAD TO ACTION FOR THE PRESERVATION AND CONSERVATION OF GALVESTON BAY.”
Engaged in dialogue with offices of our U.S. Federal and State Representatives, stakeholder groups and the public on issues important to Galveston Bay including the San Jacinto River Waste Pits and West Bay McGinnes Pits, coastal storm surge barrier and seafood consumption safety
Informed over 10,000 members of the public about the health of Galveston Bay and steps to improve it. Delivered 70 community presentations, exhibited at 25 events, hosted three water quality community open houses, produced and distributed a video highlighting the Bay’s water health, and published a water quality report on data findings.
In partnership with the Houston Advanced Research Center, released the 2018 Galveston Bay Report Card, with the Bay maintaining an overall grade of “C”
– T’Noya Thompson, Galveston Bay Foundation Report Card Coordinator
Wrote 12 letters of concern or opposition on permit applications submitted to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for proposed projects that would impact wetlands
RESEARCH COLLECTED VISUAL DATA ON
dolphin groups (more than 2,200 dolphins), through 40 boat-based surveys with the Environmental Institue of Houston.
bacteria samples with the assistance of 71 water quality monitoring volunteers at 64 bay-wide locations and added bacteria data to Swim Guide, a website and app that informs swimmers of most recent bacteria levels throughout the U.S. and internationally 18
COLLECTED & ANALYZED
water quality samples 19
CELEBRATIONS & RECOGNITIONS RECOGNIZED AS A
2018 UL INNOVATIVE EDUCATION AWARD FINALIST recognizing non-profit programs in environmental and STEM education, sustainable communities, and youth empowerment
CELEBRATED 20 CONSECUTIVE YEARS of Galveston Bay Foundation’s signature community-based marsh restoration event known as “Marsh Mania” 20
DONOR LIST $100,000+
CCA Texas The Cullen Foundation The Elkins Foundation Houston Endowment Inc. Barbara and Andy Gessner Kirby Corporation Satterfield & Pontikes Construction, Inc. The William Stamps Farish Fund
ACT Pipe and Supply, Inc. Austin Community Foundation - Environmental Fund of Texas Betsy and Don Berkemeyer Cabela’s CAWA, LLC Centerpoint Energy CITGO Covestro LLC Sabrina and Patrick Dean Cecilia and James Dismukes EarthShare of Texas ERM Group Foundation, Inc. ExxonMobil Corporation Keen, Inc. Marilyn and Harry Kirk Kirksey Architecture Land Trust Alliance The Mitsui USA Foundation Lindy and Larry Neuhaus Kelly and Steve Provenzano Macey and Harry Reasoner REI Co-Op Katherine and Frank Smith Joseph Swinbank Lori and Don Traweek
$50,000-$99,999 American Honda Foundation John P. McGovern Foundation The Moody Foundation National Wildlife Federation NRG Energy John M. O’Quinn Foundation Restore America’s Estuaries Shell Oil Company
$20,000-$49,999 Connally and Mark Burroughs The Clayton Fund Tommy Dickey Mike Garver George and Mary Josephine Hamman Foundation Jacob and Terese Hershey Foundation Ippolito Charitable Foundation of Galveston Harris and Eliza Kempner Fund LyondellBasell Kirby Inland Marine Kathrine McGovern Leslie and Randy Newcomer Port Houston Mary and Brad Robbins Brian and Stephanie Sauer Vivian L. Smith Foundation Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation Transocean Ltd.
$5,000-$9,999 AVERA Companies Elizabeth Blair-Redfield and Gene Gansky Patricia Hoffman and Charles Buckner Burns & McDonnell Foundation Coastal Bend Community Foundation Denise DuBard and Marvin Conrad Corda Investment Management, LLC Encap Investments Frost Bank Gulf Coast Authority Margaret Kostial Kuraray America, Inc. Madeleine and Raul Montes Odfjell Terminals (Houston) Inc. Jackie and Matthew Pistner
Sandra and Fred Pounds Mimi and Charles Prioleau Shell Oil Company Silver Eagle Distributors Charitable Fund Sterling and Associates Madlin Stevenson Foundation Macey and Bob Stokes Kathy and Mike Sutton Tommy’s Restaurant & Oyster Bar The Trull Foundation Kelley and Harper Trammell U.S. Pipeline, Inc. Wells Fargo
$2,500-$4,999 AECOM Houston Albemarle Foundation Apache Ecological Service, Inc. Amy Ardington and Tom Sheffield Association of Commercial Real Estate Professionals Baker Botts Marianna and J.C. Brewster, Sr. Marla and Monty Briscoe Harry & Isabel Cameron Foundation City of Nassau Bay CLIF Bar Marian and Austin Cornelius Janelle and Lawrence Daniel Terzah and James Doyle Doyle, Restrepo, Harvin & Robbins, LLP EXP Energy Services Jason Fluharty Emily and Clayton Forswall Sabra and Paul Francis Lisa and George Francisco Gulf Coast Limestone Inc. Gulf Coast Water Authority Houston Bar Association IHS Global Inc. Intercontinental Terminals Co. LLC Kelley Drye & Warren, LLP Bill King Jeanie and Jay Kolb Stephanie and Jay Levy Sherry and Tommy Lott Grace Martinez Lisa and A. W. Downing Mears Shelby and Eric Nielsen Padgett Shoreline Construction, Inc. Phase Engineering, Inc. Rowan Companies, Inc. SK Foundation JJ and Gerry Spedale
State Bar of Texas Cynthia Pickett-Stevenson and Donald Stevenson Ann and Tim Stout Strake Foundation Pat Studdert Targa Resources The Hillcrest Foundation The Kaneka Foundation Total E&P USA, Inc. Mary Jane and Bob Wakefield Ellen Yarrell
$1,000-$2,499 Afton Chemical Corporation AIG Donna Plewa-Allen and Timothy Allen Anahuac Storage Judy and Michael Andries Anna Armitage and Justin Chan Susan and James Baker, III Bank of America David Barensfeld Anita and Bonner Barnes Gwen and Richard Bedell Tree and Jack Bevelhymer Bailey Dalton-Binion and Greg Binion Bring Hope to the World William Bos Jean and Angus Brown Greg Brown Judy Calloni and Adam Bangs Capricorn Foundation Scott Case Jan and Jack Cato Denise and David Cazes Celanese Christopher Church Conoco Phillips Corum Production Company Brad Cox Linda Debrovner Rosemarie and David DeVido Charitable Fund Lynn and Ronnie Deyo Paul Dunphey The Marvy Finger Family Foundation Caroline and Jeremy Finkelstein Cece and Mack Fowler Cullen Geiselman Sophie and Louis Girard Cynthia Gorman Lisa and Tom Gossett Thomas Gruenert Amy and Mark Hammer Allison and Matthew Hartzell
DONOR LIST $1,000-$2,499 Cont. Katherine and Lynn Houston Houston Pilots Georgia Hsieh Hustle at 2704 Group Karen and Dallas Ives Guy Robert Jackson Nancy and Anthony Jennings Yvonne and Walter Johnson Ruth and Gordie Keenan Jano and John Kelley Melinda and Wade Kilpatrick John Knapp Denise and Edward Knight Judy and Michael Koehl Rachel Koenig Traci and Paul LaChance Helen Lane and Roger Rowe Laurie Liedtke Lodge Lumber Co., Inc. Klinka and John Lollar Mary Stark-Love and Timothy Love Marilyn Lummis Chris McLaren Judy and Peter Meyer Winkie and Jerry Mohn Jeanne and Paul Newman Mariloli and Marvin Odum Cecil Parker Michael Parmet Bob Pennacchi Elizabeth and Mike Petit Amy and James Pipe Ellen and Fred Prelle Prestige Oysters Alice and Risher Randall RBI Midstream Energy LLC Lawrence Rearick Reliant Gives Lorraine and Fernando Romero Lou and Bernard Rosenfeld Ann and Malcolm Ross Ruth Ruhl Lincoln Sarager Leslie and Shannon Sasser Family Fund Emily Schwartz
June Shaw Alan Shimshock Julia and William Sias Suzanne Suter and William Snypes Southwest Pipe Services, Inc Straughan Environmental, Inc. Sustainable Planning & Design, LLC Aaron Swerdlin Paula and Nathan Ticatch Toadfish Outfitters, LLC Transcanada Pipelines, Ltd. Vu Truong Underwriters Laboratories Melissa and Ajay Vargheese Inta and Doug Walker Sandra and Barry Ward Cheryl and Steven Widen Beth Williams Wallace Wilson Betsy and James Winn W. R. Grace Foundation Madeline Woods
$500-$999 Aaron’s Inc. Mary and George Aldrich Robert Armstrong Kelly Auzenne Mary and Paul Balaster Richard Bohan Mae Claire and David Branton Shelley and George Britton Patricia Caddell Matthew Cappadonna Jessica Carper Pat Casey Cathryn Chapman Jessica Chisholm Dominic Clausi David Clewis Katiamarie Cosme Gonzalez Eleanor deGroot Joe Delamore Sam Diaz
Marsha and Sam Dodson Ellen and Frank Donnelly Ali and Frank Donnelly Ralph Dougharty Constance Dunn Mark Eidemueller Elizabeth and J.D. Epstein Marie and Steve Evnochides Larry Fleming Sonya and Jonathan Fogg Robert Fry Christina Garcia Linda Mandolini and Scott Geyer Goldman Sachs Meg Goodman Patty and Bobby Gordon Milton Gray Greater Houston Community Foundation Ashley and Michael Hanna Gail and Mike Hendryx Elizabeth and Daniel Herink Jeffrey and Marc Hill Nancy Hoesl Wendy Houghton Kelly Hutchinson Danny Jacobs Kimberly Johnson Peter Johnston JPMorgan Chase Foundation Johnson Ohana Foundation Grace and Andrew Johnston James Kearley Michael Keating Joy and Donald Kelly Tom and Ann Kelsey Steven Kirkland Tyler Landry Lisetta Lavy Ted Litton Kristin Lucas Meghan and Kenneth Lutschg Deb Lynch Odette Mace Robert Maclean Marathon Petroleum Corporation Lucinda and William Matthews Ben May Henry May Kristina Mays Kelsey McArthur Ed Mears Jessica and Peter Meyer Spotswood Miller Thomas Moran Ed Neuhaus Roxann Neumann
Michaela and Taylor Norris Sylvia Noteware Alice Anne O’Donell Michael Parker Shawn Patterson Ashutosh Patwardhan Elise Morvant and Debra Pence Evelyn Penilla Alice Phillips Yvonne and Jim Pirnik Mike Pitre Jon Reese Timothy Richards Wilhelmina E. (Beth) Robertson Fund Kelly and David Rose Jose Sanchez Stefanie Scruggs Stuart Shapiro Diane Sheridan Charles Sledge Teri L. Flinner and Daniel D. Smallwood Sharron Stewart Christin Stinson Kathy and Robert Stokes Louise Sutton Stephen Szalkowski Terri and Leslie Wainwright Stephanie Walker Lynn and Brian Weeks Samuel West Elijah White Linda Wilson Patricia and Wendell Wilson Cynthia and James Winton Margaret and Matt Woodruff Jacquelyn Young Horacio Zea Edith and Robert Zinn
We are thankful for the support that creates positive changes in Galveston Bay for future generations.
2018 FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS
Special Events $318,053
0% Program Fees + Other $34,861
Management + General
Capital Campaign Contributions $1,756,877
Grants + Contributions
42% Contract Revenue $3,320,824
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