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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First Cold Stunning for Sea Turtles on the Texas Coast

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For Immediate Release: January 25, 2022 Contacts: Joanie Steinhaus, Gulf Program Director, joanie@seaturtles.org, (512) 417-7741 Texas experienced a mild December but in January the temperatures have begun to drop and…

Commissioners Court Urged to Act Swiftly with Community Support

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The Ike Dike and Galveston Bay Park Plan were addressed in a letter sent to the Harris County Commissioners Court, with numerous groups sharing concerns. In the letter, signed by…

Plastic Violations in Texas Top $2.25 Million

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The violations and mitigation payments charged to Formosa Plastics has climbed over $2.25 million for the plastic company, for continuously discharging plastics. A portion of Formosa’s treated wastewater is sampled…