Subcommittees of the Galveston Bay Council (the Council) meet quarterly or as needed to facilitate The Galveston Bay Plan’s day-to-day implementation activities. This includes developing projects and programs for each of the specific actions in The Plan.

Subcommittee meetings are open to the public. Meetings take place at the Estuary Program office at 17041 El Camino Real, Ste. 210 Houston, TX 77058. If you would like a copy of past agendas, meeting minutes, or presentations please contact our office at (281) 218-6461 or send an email to gbep@tceq.texas.gov.

Public Participation and Education (PPE)

PPE

Upcoming Meetings

Coordinator: Cynthia Clevenger, Cynthia.Clevenger@tceq.texas.gov
Chair: Amanda Brown, environmental education and outreach and citizen/community representative
Vice Chair: Kathy Janhsen, Houston-Galveston Area Council

The purpose of the PPE subcommittee is to advise the Council and the Estuary Program staff on matters pertaining to education and outreach. The subcommittee performs the following functions:

  • Provide a forum for information sharing and coordination of bay-wide education and outreach activities.
  • Facilitate and assure agency commitments to implement public participation and education actions of The Plan.
  • Make recommendations to the Council concerning proposed PPE projects.
  • Identify potential funding sources.
  • Develop and recommend to the Council annual priorities for implementation of the PPE action plans.
  • Provide updates of agency/organization activities that implement The Plan.
  • Assess the success of PPE action plans.
Natural Resources Uses (NRU)

NRU

Upcoming Meetings

Coordinator: Lindsey Lippert, Lindsey.Lippert@tceq.texas.gov
Chair: Cherie O’Brien, Texas Parks and Wildlife
Vice Chair: Philip Smith, Galveston Bay Foundation

The purpose of the NRU subcommittee is to advise the Council and the Estuary Program staff on matters pertaining to habitat/living resource conservation and balanced human uses. The subcommittee performs the following functions:

  • Provide a forum for information sharing and coordination of habitat/living resource conservation and balanced human uses activities.
  • Facilitate and assure agency commitments to implement habitat/living resource conservation and balanced human uses actions of The Plan.
  • Make recommendations to the Council concerning proposed NRU projects.
  • Identify potential funding sources.
  • Develop and recommend to the Council annual priorities for implementation of the NRU action plans.
  • Provide updates of agency/organization activities that implement The Plan.
  • Assess progress towards NRU action plans.
Invasive Species Work Group

The Invasive Species Work Group is a work group of the NRU subcommittee. The purpose of the group is to foster a dialogue between the various government agencies, non-governmental organizations, and other stakeholders that are interested in or affected by invasive species in the Galveston Bay watershed. The group explores numerous issues and ideas related to managing invasive species for maximum ecological, economic, and societal benefit.

Water and Sediment Quality (WSQ)

WSQ

Upcoming Meetings

Coordinator: Lisa M. Marshall, Lisa.Marshall@tceq.texas.gov
Chair: Brian Koch, Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board
Vice Chair: Justin Bower, Houston-Galveston Area Council

The purpose of the of the WSQ subcommittee is to advise the Council and the Estuary Program staff on matters pertaining to water and sediment quality. The subcommittee performs the following functions:

  • Provide a forum for information sharing and coordination of bay-wide water and sediment quality activities.
  • Facilitate and assure agency commitments to implement water and sediment quality actions of The Plan.
  • Make recommendations to the Council concerning proposed WSQ projects.
  • Identify potential funding sources.
  • Develop and recommend to the Council annual priorities for implementation of the WSQ action plans.
  • Provide updates of agency/organization activities that implement The Plan.
  • Assess the success of WSQ action plans.
Monitoring and Research (M&R)

M&R

Upcoming Meetings

Coordinator: Lisa M. Marshall, Lisa.Marshall@tceq.texas.gov
Chair: George Guillen, Environmental Institute of Houston, University of Houston-Clear Lake
Vice Chair: Michael T. Lee, U.S. Geological Survey

The purpose of the M&R subcommittee is to advise the Council and the Estuary Program staff on matters pertaining to monitoring and research. The subcommittee performs the following functions:

  • Establish final design specifications for the Galveston Bay’s Regional Monitoring Program.
  • Oversee implementation of the program.
  • Ensure comparability of monitoring efforts.
  • Direct and approve future monitoring design modifications.
  • Secure institutional support for the program.
Budget and Priorities (B&P)

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Upcoming Meetings

Coordinator: GBEP Staff, Cynthia.Clevenger@tceq.texas.gov
Chair: Helen Paige, Marinas
Vice Chair: Glenn Clingenpeel, Trinity River Authority

Membership is composed of the Chairs of the five standing Council subcommittees, the former Council Chairs, the present Council Chair and Vice Chair, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Texas Commission on Environmental Quality representatives on the Council. The B&P subcommittee meets on an as needed basis. The subcommittee performs the following functions:

    • Provide a forum for coordination among subcommittees to discuss projects and policies crossing issue areas.
    • Provide a forum for discussing subcommittee organizational, procedural, and functional activities.
    • Recommend annual and/or biennial goals to the Estuary Program and the Council.
    • Make recommendations to the Council Chair and the Estuary Program Director regarding issues to be brought before Council, including presentations, roundtable discussions, or issues for Council comment.
    • Oversee drafting of Council comments on issues potentially impacting The Plan’s implementation.
    • Provide nominations for Council vacancies.
    • Provide review of federal projects for consistency with The Plan.