Turtle Island Restoration Network has been researching microplastics in the Galveston area for two years, revealing exorbitant amounts of microplastic nurdles and fragments along the beach.

TIRN is working with other partners along the Gulf of Mexico to create a snapshot of the entire issue of microplastics in the environment. Locally, we are expanding our research with the help of Moody Gardens, Galveston College, Ball High School, O’Connell College Preparatory, and Oppe Elementary.

We will sample five sites around Galveston Island monthly, for two years, in an attempt to understand how these areas accumulate various types of microplastics and the impacts of differing weather conditions, watersheds, currents and population changes.

With wide-ranging community outreach, this program will educate and inspire the public to help TIRN advocate for policy change and on a personal level, make lifestyle alterations to help us fight to save our blue-green planet.



Creek Walk Registration 2023-24

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SPAWN will be holding Creek Walks again this winter and dates and times are now available for registration!  We will look for these majestic fish together within the redwood forest and…

Largest Dam Removal Project In the World Underway On the Klamath River

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Written by Preston Brown, Photos Courtesy of the Klamath River Renewal Corporation Roughly 350 miles north of Lagunitas Creek in northern California, the largest dam removal project to-date in the…

Chemicals in Tire Particles Killing Coho Salmon

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When returning adult coho salmon started dying before spawning in the Seattle area, scientists went into action.  Polluted road run-off was the suspected culprit, but discovering what of the thousands…