Plans to build a coastal barrier to protect gulf towns from powerful storms in Texas will be harmful for endangered Kemp’s ridley sea turtles. We’re working to make sure there is a full environmental impact assessment and analysis of the ecological effects by the proposed barrier systems, and that alternative ways to solve the problem are considered.

In response to the risk of destruction of life and property from hurricanes, a number of coastal barrier system projects are currently being developed and discussed in Texas. These plans, while still in the conceptual phase, have engendered significant public and legislative support.

However, these proposed barrier system projects have the potential to severely degrade the habitat for sea turtles and birds on Galveston Island and along the upper Texas coast. Further, these projects might impede the growth and populations of thousands of fish and crustacean species that reside in the Galveston Bay Area.

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New Rule Makes Public Input Process More Inclusive for Texas Permits

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On August 25, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality finalized the adoption of Alternative Language Notice in the public input process for air, water, and waste permits.  The new rule…

Victory! Galveston Bans Balloon Releases to Protect Wildlife

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Contact: Kimber DeSalvo Anderson, Gulf Program Coordinator, kanderson@seaturtles.org, (409) 795-8426  Victory! Galveston Bans Balloon Releases to Protect Wildlife GALVESTON, Texas — Galveston City Council unanimously passed an ordinance last night…

Gulf of Mexico Has Larger-Than-Average Dead Zone

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Contact: Joanie Steinhaus, Gulf Program Director, joanie@seaturtles.org Gulf of Mexico Has Larger-Than-Average Dead Zone The Gulf of Mexico is measured each year for a “dead zone,” an area of low…