The times and the tides are changing. I’ve grown up on the waters of Galveston. Now that I’ve shipped off to university in Ohio as an environmental studies major, I’m starting to see the true impact of what I’ve witnessed firsthand here for many years.

The red tides that we’ve seen on Galveston’s shores pose a much bigger danger than human health alone. I scoured your archives for references to hypoxia, algae blooms — anything to point to the direction of the real problem occurring here: nutrient overload in our waters.

Agricultural runoff and human waste are happening, and they are causing mass turmoil in our aquatic ecosystems. As an environmentalist and a resident of Galveston County, I must implore a change in local policies for monitoring and reporting environmental problems.

The first step is making this information known. Most Galvestonians are not aware of what causes the red tides, nor what they can do to stop them. It is absolutely our job to help bridge the gap between our community and the waters that feed us. Please consider running a piece on red tides as a result of nutrient overload and offer researched solutions for residents to help the cause.

Ashtyn Tayler

League City

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