WATER QUALITY & QUANTITY
2015 milestones Hosted nine Rain Barrel Workshops and distributed 423 rain barrels and kits, potentially reducing 468,750 gallons of stormwater runoff from reaching Galveston Bay
Continued fostering the Water Monitoring Team, represented (at yearend) by 32 volunteers who sample from 37 sites, including 16 who sample for Enterococcus bacteria from 21 sites
Launched the Cease the Grease campaign with over 15 participating partners
Contributed to the development of an easytouse Citizen Science Data Portal for the entire Gulf of Mexico in partnership with the Gulf of Mexico Coastal Ocean Observing System (GCOOS)
Created and debuted the Galveston Bay Action Network pollution reporting tool that allows the public to report incidences of pollution around the Bay and automatically forwards those reports to authorities in charge of response/enforcement Completed the first draft of the application to designate Galveston Bay as a No Discharge Zone
TCEQ approved the Galveston Bay Bacteria Reduction Plan after GBF led stakeholders to develop it over the course of six years.