The Galveston Bay Plan. The comprehensive conservation and management plan for the Galveston Bay ecosystem. Public review draft.
Galveston Bay National Estuary Program
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Galveston Bay ranks high among the nation's great bay systems, providing huge economic benefits to the region and state. Remarkably, the bay's natural resources are self-renewing as long as the bay remains healthy and productive. However, Galveston Bay, like many other U.S. bays, now faces significant problems related to habitat loss and species declines, conflicting human uses, and pollution. Some management actions (for example, regulation of point sources of pollution) are already working to improve the bay. Other serious problems are yet to be addressed if disasters noted in other U.S. bays are to be prevented. The bay's most serious problems, such as habitat losses and nonpoint source pollution, occur at the ecosystem level, and will require interdisciplinary sollutions involving both natural resource agencies and bay stakeholders. This draft plan is offered for review and comment by the citizens of Texas.