Agenda     Preface     Introduction     Sponsors and Contributors




The State of the Bay Symposium is a biennial action organized by the
Research Coordination Board in cooperation with all
Galveston Bay Council subcommittees, per The Galveston Bay Plan.


Galveston Bay Council
Kerry Whelan, Chair DeGraaf Adams, Vice-Chair

Research Coordination Board
Ron Morehead
Chair
Texas Chemical Council
Jim Lester, Vice-Chair
Environmental Institute of Houston
University of Houston, Clear Lake
Neal Armstrong
University of Texas at Austin
Bill Baker
Reliant Energy
David A. Brock
Texas Water Development Board
Brian Cain
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Michael Cantu
Harris County Pollution Control
Douglas A. Lipka
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Stephanie Marshalleck
Texas Parks and Wildlife
Don Moore, Retired
Fisheries Biologist
Cathy L.P. Palmer
Galveston Bay Information Center
Texas A&M University at Galveston
Lori Roussel
Gulf Coast Waste Disposal Authority

Gene R. Schroeder
University of Texas/Houston
Robert R. Stickney
Texas Sea Grant College Program
Kirk Wiles
Texas Department of Health
Roger Zimmerman
National Marine Fisheries Service, Galveston

Monitoring Subcommittee
Robert Fiederlein, Chair Cathy L.P. Palmer, Vice-Chair

Natural Resource Uses Subcommittee
William B. Jackson, Chair William Roach, Vice-Chair

Public Participation and Education Subcommittee
Cathy L.P. Palmer, Chair Terry Tunks, Vice-Chair

Water and Sediment Quality Subcommittee
Carl Masterson, Chair Leonard Levine, Vice-Chair

Program Director
Helen Drummond




Agenda

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The Galveston Bay Estuary Program (GBEP), now in its fifth year of implementing the Galveston Bay Plan, the Comprehensive Conservation Management Plan for Galveston Bay, is pleased to announce the Fifth Biennial State of the Bay Symposium to be held:

January 31-February 2, 2001
at beautiful Moody Gardens in Galveston, Texas

Reception for symposium attendees will be held at the Aquarium Pyramid.


The overall theme of the Symposium is The Galveston Bay Ecosystem: Past, Present, and Future.


Wednesday, January 31- Morning Plenary Session

8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Registration, Visit Exhibits and Posters

9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Welcome from Galveston Mayor Roger Quiroga

Opening remarks, U.S. Congressman Nick Lampson and TNRCC Chairman Robert J. Huston

Presentation of Recognition and Appreciation Award to the Galveston Bay Estuary Program of the TNRCC from the NASA Johnson Space Center, presented by Dr. Kamlesh Lulla, Chief Scientist and Chief of Office of Earth Sciences

Texas Estuaries Act Panel Discussion, moderated by Glenda Callaway, Ekistics



10:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. Break


10:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. The State of the Bay: Status and Trends of Key Environmental Indicators, Dr. Oscar Criner, Texas Southern University; Dr. Jim Lester, Environmental Institute of Houston and Robert Fiederlein, City of Houston

Progress in Implementation of the Galveston Bay Plan, Kerry Whelan, Chair of the Galveston Bay Council

Galveston Bay Council Skit: "Who Wants to be a Bay Champion?"

12:00 p.m. - 1:30- p.m.    Lunch Provided with Featured Speaker Dr. Stephen Curley's "Chanteys: Work Songs of the Sea"


Wednesday, January 31- Afternoon Concurrent Sessions
Session A - Habitat Restoration I
moderated by Roger Zimmerman, National Marine Fisheries Service
Session B - Watershed Management, Permitting
moderated by Carl Masterson, Houston-Galveston Area Council
1:40 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Habitat Restoration Activities - Woodrow, TPWD
1:40 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Current Issues on the Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs) Program - Mustafa, EPA
2:00 p.m. - 2:20 p.m.
Evaluating Created Marsh at San Jacinto Battleground State Historical Park - Hollingsworth, TPWD
2:00 p.m. - 2:20 p.m.
Total Maximum Daily Load Projects in the Houston-Galveston Area - Alvarado, TNRCC
2:20 p.m. - 2:40 p.m.
Marsh Terracing as a Method for Restoring Estuarine Habitat in Galveston Bay, Texas - Rozas, NMFS
2:20 p.m. - 2:40 p.m.
Review and Data Collection on Small Wastewater Treatment Facilities in the Houston Area - Lowry, TC&B
2:40 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Modified Terracing Strategies for Marsh Creation - Shead, GBF
2:40 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Dissolved Oxygen in the Houston Ship Channel - Past, Present and Future - Jensen, PBS&J

3:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Break                     


Session C - Habitat Restoration II
moderated by Roger Zimmerman, National Marine Fisheries Service
Session D - Watershed Management, Storm Water
moderated by Carl Masterson, Houston-Galveston Area Council
3:30 p.m. - 3:50 p.m.
Marsh Mania: Community-Based Habitat Restoration for Galveston Bay - Goldberg, GBF
3:30 p.m. - 3:50 p.m.
Development of the TPDES Storm Water Program - Ligon, TNRCC
3:50 p.m. - 4:10 p.m.
Seagrass Restoration in Galveston Bay - Sheridan, NMFS
3:50 p.m. - 4:10 p.m.
Status Report: NPDES Storm Water Permit Program for the City of Houston, Harris County, Harris County Flood Control District and Texas Dept. of Transportation - Pechacek, TC&B
4:10 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Determining Genetic Diversity of the Seagrass Halodule wrightii Using Random Amplified Polymorphic DNA (RAPD) - Angel, H-GAC
4:10 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Leveraging Local Resources to Address Stormwater Management - Nelson, GBEP
4:30 p.m. - 4:50 p.m.
Coastal Protection and Enhancement Through Oyster Reef Bioengineering - Gagliano, Coastal Environments, Inc.
4:30 p.m. - 4:50 p.m.
Clean Texas: Forming Effective Partnerships between Government, Industry and Community - Borowski, TNRCC

5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Reception at the Aquarium Pyramid                     


Thursday, February 1 - Morning Concurrent Sessions



8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. Visit Exhibits and Posters                     


Session A - Water and Sediment Quality
moderated by Ralph Rayburn, Texas Sea Grant College Program
Session B - Freshwater Inflows
moderated by Lisa Gonzalez, Environmental Institute of Houston
8:30 a.m. - 8:50 a.m.
Sediment Quality Guidelines for the Galveston Bay and Other Texas Estuaries - Crocker, EPA
8:30 a.m. - 8:50 a.m.
Implementation of a Freshwater Inflow Recommendation for the Trinity-San Jacinto Estuary - Loeffler, TPWD
8:50 a.m. - 9:10 a.m.
CANCELLED
8:50 a.m. - 9:10 a.m.
Overview of TNRCC Water Availability Modeling for the Texas Bays & Estuary Program: Trinity-San Jacinto Update - Villalon, Brown and Root
9:10 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Are Biomolecules Regluating Trace Metal Concentrations and Bioavailability in Galveston Bay, Texas? A Review - Santschi, TAMUG
9:10 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
The Galveston Bay Freshwater Inflows Group and Senate Bill 1 - Callaway, Ekistics
9:30 a.m. - 9:50 a.m.
Lysosomal Destabilization: Indicators of Environmental Degradation in Galveston Bay, Texas - Wade, TAMU
9:30 a.m. - 9:50 a.m.
Freshwater Inflows from a Water Supply Perspective - Browning, TRA

9:50 a.m. - 10:20 a.m. Break                     


Session C - Resource Management Tools
moderated by Ralph Rayburn, Texas Sea Grant College Program
Session D - Subsidence & the Changing Shoreline
moderated by Eric Strom, U.S. Geological Survey
10:20 a.m. - 10:40 a.m.
State of the Wetlands - A Preliminary Survey of the Lack of Wetland Protection in the Bay Area - Jacob, TAES
10:20 a.m. - 10:40 a.m.
The Episodic Evolution of Galveston Bay: Implications for Future Response to Global Change - Anderson, Rice U.
10:40 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
The History of Resource Use and Management of Galveston Bay Coastal Praries - Gallaway, EIH
10:40 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Historical Subsidence in the Houston-Galveston Area - Coplin, USGS
11:00 a.m. - 11:20 a.m.
Should GIS and Environmental Mapping in Texas Require the Approval of a Licensed Land Surveyor? - Allison, TNRCC
11:00 a.m. -11:20 a.m.
Subsidence and Uplift in the Coastal Plain near Houston, Texas Mapped in Spatial Detail from Space - Galloway, USGS
11:20 a.m. - 11:40 a.m.
Houston-Galveston Regional WQ Data Clearinghouse - Horton, H-GAC
11:20 a.m. - 11:40 a.m.
Hydrogeology and Simulation of Ground-Water Flow and Land-Surface Subsidence in the Chicot and Evangeline Aquifers, Houston Area, Texas - Kasmarek, USGS
11:40 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Architecture and Design of a Computational Problem Solving Environment for Integrated Environmental Assesments - Johnican, TSU
11:40 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
The Effects of Subsidence on the Greater Houston Area - Neighbors, HGCSD

12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Lunch Provided; Student Competition Awards, Bay Stewardship Awards                     


Thursday, February 1 - Afternoon Concurrent Sessions
Session A - Species Protection
moderated by Robert Stickney, Texas Sea Grant College Program
Session B - Sustainable Development
moderated by Jim Kachtick, Galveston Bay Council
1:40 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Fisheries Management 101- Dorsett, Gulf Restoration Network
1:40 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Achieving Foresight for Houston - Hitchcock, HARC
2:00 p.m. - 2:20 p.m.
Diamondback Terrapin Distribution and Nesting in Armand Bayou, Texas: A Developed Urban Estuary - Hogan, USGS
2:00 p.m. - 2:20 p.m.
The Greater Houston Partnership's Principles for Sensible Growth - Savino, GHP
2:20 p.m. - 2:40 p.m.
DermoWatch: A Web-Based Approach for Managing Perkinsus marinus Disease of Oysters - Ray, TAMUG
2:20 p.m. - 2:40 p.m.
Making a Better Bay: The Beneficial Uses Group - Gorini, BUG
2:40 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Evaluation of Bycatch Reduction Devices in Commercial Shrimp Trawls in Galveston Bay, Texas - Robinson, TPWD
2:40 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Sustainable Development: Applied Principles in Port Planning - O'Neill, GBCPA

3:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Break                     


Session C - Invasive Species
moderated by Robert Stickney, Texas Sea Grant College Program
Session D-Water and Sediment Quality II
moderated by Jim Kachtick, Galveston Bay Council
3:30 p.m. - 3:50 p.m.
An Initial Characterization of Non-Indigenous Aquatic Species in the Gulf of Mexico Region - Holland, GMP
3:30 p.m. - 3:50 p.m.
H-GAC's Coordinated Monitoring Program - Wemple, H-GAC
3:50 p.m. - 4:10 p.m.
Invasive Species: Vectors and Responsibilities - Barrett-O'Leary, Louisiana Sea Grant
3:50 p.m. - 4:10 p.m.
Identifying and Eliminating Illicit Connections in the Clear Creek Watershed - Wright, GCHD
4:10 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Two InvasiveMussels in the Genus Perna in on Gulf of Mexico - Hicks, Lamar U.
4:10 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Characterization of Water and Sediment Quality in Christmas Bay - East, USGS
4:30 p.m. - 4:50 p.m.
Giant Salvinia (Salvinia molesta Mitchell) in Texas: Status and Response - Helton, TPWD
4:30 p.m. - 4:50 p.m.
Using Remotely Sensed Images to Evaluate Suspended Sediment Transport and Biologic Productivity in Galveston Bay - Waters, UHCL

6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Evening Concurrent Public Sessions

Some of the greatest challenges facing resource managers as we move into the new millennium will be highlighted in a free Public Session. You are invited to share in the dialogue on the following topics:

Session A
moderated by Pris Weeks, Environmental Institute of Houston
Session B
moderated by Marilyn Barrett-O'Leary, Louisiana Sea Grant College Program

Natural Resource Management and Legislative Issues - Lester, EIH
Red Tide in Texas - Denton, TPW

Public Perceptions of Environmental Issues - Klineberg, Rice University

Pfiesteria Monitoring in Texas Estuaries - Simons, TPW

Regional Port Planning - Basilotto, Texas Transportation Institute

Population Trends of Colonial Waterbirds - McFarlane, McFalrlane & Associates
Freshwater Supply and Drought Issues - Taylor, Brown & Root
Benefits of Riparian Zones - Woodrow, TPW

Seafood Consumption Safety - Wiles, TDH


Friday, February 2 - What We Do Today Will Affect Our Tomorrow

8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.
Visit Exhibits and Posters
8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. "What We Know and Don't Know about Climate Change and Climate Variability" Featured Speaker Dr. Joe Friday, Director Board of Atmospheric Sciences and Climate, National Academy of Sciences
9:30 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. "Preparing for Growth and Sustainable Development: Local Urban Planning Activities in the Galveston Bay Watershed", Panel Discussion led by Gary Mitchell, Wilbur Smith Associates
10:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Break
10:30 a.m. - 11:15 p.m. "Growth and the Quality of Life in the Houston Gulf Coast", David Crossley, Gulf Coast Institute
11:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. "Funding, Resources and Stewardship...Where do we go from here?", Helen Drummond, GBEP; Dan Raab, DuPont LaPorte and Linda Shead, GBF


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The Galveston Bay Estuary Program

The Galveston Bay Estuary Program, a program of the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission (TNRCC), is part of a network of twenty-eight National Estuary Programs (NEP) in the United States working with local stakeholders to restore and protect estuaries. The NEP was established by Section 320 of the Water Quality Act of 1987, and has become a model program for involving stakeholders in consensus-based resource management. In the Act, the administrator of the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is authorized to convene Management Conferences to develop Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plans (CCMPs) for estuaries of national significance that are threatened by pollution, development or overuse.

Initiated by local citizens, nominated by the Governor of Texas, and approved by Congress, the Galveston Bay National Estuary Program was established in 1989. Federal and state government provided funding for the GBNEP and initial efforts: 75% from the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency and 25% from the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission. Over a 5 year period, the GBNEP worked with the Management Conference - stakeholders representing state and federal agencies, local governments, business and industry, academia, environmental organizations, commercial and recreational users, as well as the general public. This group identified the Bay's priority problems, conducted scientific studies to characterize the problems and drafted Galveston Bay's Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan (CCMP) - The Galveston Bay Plan (The Plan). The Plan identifies Galveston Bay's resource management needs and sets out a mechanism to identify priorities and develop partnerships to meet these needs over 20 years. The commitment of those who drafted The Plan was substantial.

&quotNo environmental program in the history of the state has involved citizens and stakeholders more directly in environmental problem solving. Working in a collaborative fashion, over 220 individuals helped to create The Galveston Bay Plan. It took three phases over a five year period."

- The Galveston Bay Plan, Executive Summary


The Galveston Bay Plan was approved in 1995 and the program shifted from planning (with a majority being federally funded) to implementation (primarily a state and local funding). The word National was dropped from the program name and it became the Galveston Bay Estuary Program (GBEP). Implementation is now tracked and facilitated by the GBEP staff of 8 who are advised by a 41-member body called the Galveston Bay Council and 6 subcommittees as well as a variety of issue specific task forces. Building on the momentum of Plan development, consensus among a variety of stakeholders continues to be the key to successful implementation.

What does the Galveston Bay Estuary Program do to implement the Plan?

What does the Galveston Bay Estuary Program NOT DO?

These proceedings reflect the Galveston Bay Estuary Program’s continued commitment to offer a forum biennially for sharing the latest Galveston Bay data, information and management tools.




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The Galveston Bay Estuary Program (GBEP), a program of the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission is pleased to host the 5th Biennial State of the Bay Symposium. Given the popularity of nation’s coasts and the significant growth in these areas, this Symposium comes at a critical time in the preservation of the bays and estuaries throughout the U.S. but more importantly, our estuary, Galveston Bay. It also marks a significant milestone: completion of five years of implementation of The Galveston Bay Plan.

The State of the Bay Symposium is hosted biennially to provide an opportunity for resource managers, scientists, industries, regulators, policy-makers, and the public to interact and share information. The year 2001, with the theme Galveston Bay: Past, Present and Future, will include information on the status and trends of key indicators which depict the health of our bay, the significance of a changing watershed in the preservation of the bay, and the importance of partnerships in restoration and protection of the Bay.

Summarizing some of the current data and trends, a State of the Bay Symposium: Galveston Bay Characterization Highlights document is also being released. This document provides new information to update the State of the Bay, a characterization document released in 1994 as the scientific foundation for development of The Plan. This characterization document will highlight updates of the status of key habitats, living resources, and water quality in Galveston Bay.

The 70 presentations composing this proceedings represent the concerted work of numerous scientists, project leaders, and resource managers with a knowledge of, and concern for, Galveston Bay. These presentations are the result of an invitation to the bay community, researchers, and agencies for reports on recent work completed or in progress.

On behalf of the Galveston Bay Estuary Program we extend our gratitude to each author involved in improving our understanding of this significant Texas resource. We particularly extend our thanks to the individuals who &quotvolunteered" to serve on the Research Coordination Board planning group, the Session Chairs, and to Sue Phillips and Scott Jones who tirelessly presided over the multitude of arrangements for this event.

As our community moves forward in implementation of The Plan, it is essential to provide forums to share results of demonstration projects and environmental studies so that we might learn from each other in our many efforts to preserve and enhance the Bay.




Sponsors and Contributors

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The Galveston Bay Estuary Program wishes to thank the following sponsors and contributors for their financial support of the Fifth Biennial State of the Bay Symposium:

Apache Ecological Services
East Harris County Manufacturers Association
Environmental Institute of Houston
Gulf Coast Waste Disposal Authority
Modular Gabion Systems
National Marine Fisheries Service

PBS&ampJ
Reliant Energy
Texas Natural Resource Conservation Comm.
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
Texas Sea Grant College Program
URS Corporation
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service


This symposium is hosted by the Galveston Bay Estuary Program, with assistance and coordination provided by the Research Coordination Board, a subcommittee of the Galveston Bay Council and is the direct result of the teamwork of individuals from the following entities:

Bureau of Economic Geology, The University of Texas at Austin
Coastal Conservation Association
Ekistics Corporation
Environmental Institute of Houston, University of Houston-Clear Lake
Galveston Bay Foundation
Galveston Bay Information Center, Texas A&ampM University at Galveston
Gulf Coast Waste Disposal Authority
Harris County Pollution Control
City of Houston
Houston-Galveston Area Council
National Marine Fisheries Service
Reliant Energy
Texas Sea Grant College Program
Texas A & M University at Galveston
Texas Chemical Council
Texas Department of Health
Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
Texas Water Development Board
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency - Houston Lab
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency - Region 6
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
U.S. Geological Survey