The Texas City "Y" Oil Spill: Ways You Can Help

The Galveston Bay Foundation is currently involved in the response effort to the oil spill in Galveston Bay and there are different ways that YOU can help. Under the terms of a pre-existing Memorandum of Agreement with the Coast Guard and the General Land Office, the Galveston Bay Foundation (GBF) serves as the Volunteer Management Organization in response to the oil spill in Galveston Bay that took place on Saturday, March 22, 2014. A GBF representative is currently at incident command working with the incident command management team.

Help by Donating

GBF's ongoing habitat protection and restoration efforts are now more important than ever. You can help us protect the health of the bay and its wildlife when you donate online today. All donations are tax deductible.

Help by Staying Involved

At this time, we are no longer accepting additional volunteers to join the oil spill volunteer list. We have a large number of volunteers currently in the database that will be utilized initially, as these volunteers have been patiently waiting for activation. Our sincere thanks to the nearly 1,000 persons who have joined our mailing list as potential volunteers. This is a great resource that we can use either during this response or future oil spills. The volunteer coordinator will continue to keep those volunteers up to date via email.

Report oiled wildlife: You can also help by reporting any oiled wildlife sightings to (888) 384-2000. Cell phone photos of oiled wildlife can also be emailed to: These observations help our responders by saving time and providing care to injured or oiled wildlife as soon as possible. Under federal law, those who do not hold the special training and certifications affiliated to this incident are not permitted to handle or collect oil, oiled debris, or wildlife. These laws and regulations are in place to protect your health and safety which is our top priority. For the most up-to-date information on this incident, please click here.

Volunteer to help preserve and protect Galveston Bay year round: GBF utilizes volunteers throughout the year to help us preserve and protect the bay with activities such as marsh grass planting, trash cleanup, invasive species control, native plantings, community events and others. These volunteer efforts help to ensure that the Gulf of Mexico, Galveston Bay, and other bodies of water remain vibrant resources for generations to come. Sign-up here to receive GBF's volunteer announcements.

Welcome to Galveston Bay Foundation

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The Galveston Bay Foundation was founded in 1987 as a nonprofit organization to preserve, protect and enhance Galveston Bay -- one of the world's most productive estuaries. Its balanced programs in advocacy, conservation, education, and research strive to ensure that Galveston Bay remains a beautiful and productive place for generations to come.

Recent News

Save Water and Help the Environment With Rain Barrels!
Register today for our Rain Barrel Workshop at the Houston Zoo

On Saturday, September 20th, GBF will hold a rain barrel workshop at the Houston Zoo, which will provide instruction, a 35-gallon rain barrel, and all necessary equipment to start saving water at home! The cost is $30 per registration and is restricted to a purchase of two barrels per household and two attendees. Space is limited, so register soon!

Learn more and register


Speak Up About Bay Health

Have you taken the Galveston Bay Report Card interest survey yet?  Scheduled to be released in 2015, the report card will communicate important information about the health of the bay and encourage public participation in the conservation of the bay’s natural resources. Your input will help us select indicators of bay health and other features to be included in the report card.


GBF to Celebrate National Estuaries Day at Marsh Mania!

On Saturday, September 27th GBF will celebrate National Estuaries Day by having fun restoring marsh at two different Marsh Mania sites around Galveston Bay! Be a part of a community of more than 7,100 volunteers over the past fifteen years who have restored over 202 acres at 74 sites around the bay. For questions about the event, contact Emily Ford at 281-332-3381 x207 or by email at

Saturday, Septermber 27, 2014
8:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Bay Harbor (Galveston Island)
Pine Gully Park (Seabrook)
Shipe Woods (Chambers Co.)

*Registration for Marsh Mania has reached capacity and is now closed.


Bike Around the Bay Registration is Now Open!

GBF is excited to announce that registration for Bike Around the Bay 2014 is now open! The event will be held Saturday, October 18 through Sunday, October 19, featuring a 180-mile, full-loop route around the bay as first implemented in 2012.

Bike Around the Bay is a fully supported two-day ride around Galveston Bay that showcases its natural beauty and benefits the Galveston Bay Foundation. Proceeds benefit projects that preserve wetlands, protect natural habitat, and enhance the water quality of the bay for present users and for posterity.

Register or view last year's recap video!

Rudy's Fishing Tournament in Corpus Christi Raises $10,000 for Galveston Bay Foundation

A big thank you to Rudy's Texas Redfish Series for donating $10,000 to GBF for habitat restoration following the oil spill that took place on March 22 in Galveston Bay. The money was raised by sponsors and anglers participating in the Redfish Tournament held in Corpus Christi on Friday, March 29. We are very grateful for everyone involved in the tournament and for Rudy's Texas Redfish Series for their commitment to the health of Galveston Bay!

Neally Rhea, GBF's Water Quality Outreach Assistant, accepts a check for $10,000 from Rudy's Texas Redfish Series for habitat restoration in response to the recent oil spill.


Intoducing Exploration Green

GBF is excited to partner with the Clear Lake City Water Authority and the Exploration Green Conservancy on a new conservation project sharing the conservancy’s name, “Exploration Green”.  Exploration Green is a multi-phase project that will convert the old Clear Lake Golf Course into a 200 acre multi-use area for the benefit of Clear Lake area residents and visitors. GBF will hold a conservation easement over the land, which will permanently protect the area against future real estate development and ensure this property is maintained as open space for outdoor recreation, wildlife habitat, and water quality. Learn more about Exploration Green.

Reliant EcoShare Program to Benefit GBF and Help Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

GBF is pleased to be a beneficiary in the Reliant EcoShare Program, a way that Texans can support the Galveston Bay Foundation and offset their own carbon production at the same time. Reliant and EarthShare of Texas have launched a program that allows Reliant customers to help reduce their carbon footprints through the purchase of carbon offsets. And for each customer-purchased offset, Reliant will make a contribution to EarthShare of Texas and its participating organizations. As an EarthShare of Texas participating organization, the GBF will benefit from this program. For more information, visit the EcoShare webpage.


NRG Increases its Partnership with the Galveston Bay Foundation Through $50,000 Donation to Support Oil Spill Recovery

With the oil spill response continuing in Galveston Bay and down the Texas coast and the pace increasing, the Galveston Bay Foundation (GBF) received a $50,000 donation by NRG Energy—a $25,000 corporate donation matched with another $25,000 grant from the NRG Gulf Coast region—to aid GBF in oil spill recovery efforts in Galveston Bay. See our press release for more details.


Support GBF Through H-E-B, EarthShare of Texas Tear Pad Promotion

Supporters of the Galveston Bay Foundation can now give to GBF when checking out at any Texas H-E-B in April! In recognition of Earth Day, H-E-B has teamed up with EarthShare of Texas to allow customers to support program work of local EarthShare of Texas organizations through the tear pad campaign. By tearing off and including a coupon for $1, $3, or $5 at checkout, GBF will recieve a portion of the donation along with other local environmental organizations. Just look for the coupon shown below the next time you visit H-E-B!


GBF to Serve as Volunteer Management Organization for Oil Spill in Galveston Bay

GBF is working with the Coast Guard to activate and deploy volunteers beginning Friday, March 28th. These volunteers are among the nearly 1,000 volunteers that have been signing up to help through the Central Texas Coastal Area Committee website.

At this time, we are not collecting additional volunteers for the volunteer database, as we plan to first activate and utilize the initial group before opening it back up to sign-ups if needed.

Volunteers who have signed-up will continue to receive updates via email from the volunteer coordinator. For the latest info on the spill response, please visit

Oil Spill - Fish and Shellfish Consumption Advisory
Because of the presence of oil in Galveston Bay and the Gulf of Mexico, it is recommended that people not consume fish, shrimp or crabs from areas where oil is present. Persons should discard fish, shrimp or crabs that have oil on them or have a hydrocarbon smell or taste. For the full advisory from the Texas Dept. of State Health Services including answers to common questions, click here.

Download Our Drive and Discover Mobile Phone App!

We're excited to be offering a FREE mobile version of our Galveston Bay Drive & Discover Guide, which you can download the app from your iphone or Android app store by searching "Galveston Bay" or by visiting these links: Android: Apple:

Galveston Bay Drive & Discover Guide is a publication that blends both human and natural history of Galveston Bay into an easy-to-understand guide for visiting points of historic, geologic, and environmental interest. Find out more about the guide here.

The hard copy of the Galveston Bay Drive & Discover Guide is available for free by sending an email to with your mailing address.



Upcoming Events:

Rain Barrel Workshop at
the Houston Zoo

September 20

Guardian of the Bay Award Luncheon
September 24

Bike Around the Bay
October 18-19

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