Wetlands and water quality in and around Galveston Bay took a dip last year after significant loss of habitat and increased levels of phosphorous, according to the newly released Galveston Bay report card.

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Bailey Jones

I read the report, honestly not as bad as I had feared. Sea level rise gets a F, but that was expected. I also learned how important fresh water flow is for the health of the bay.

Jose' Boix

It is great to have a "Snapshot report of Bay health" using single parameters; such results are important, yes, but are they significant - perhaps. We must discuss these results using trends over time. What are the key parameters that are used to define Galveston Bay health? How are these parameters compared and tracked over time – we need a minimum of 3 samples to define a trend. Are samples taken at fixed spots; are samples multiples on depths, and how is the time of day, weather and tide. Aside from the "phosphorous" result quoted, I would presume that there are several other key indicator parameters such as: Total Kjeldahl Nitrogen (TKN), Chemical Oxygen Demand (COD), Biological Oxygen Demand (BOD), pH, Salinity, Nitrates, and Dissolved Oxygen (DO) to name just a few.

I would think that our community would benefit having a refresher of the reports and a post of the trends over the 5 years quoted. Perhaps there should be a Web link to the trend chart as well. Just my thoughts.

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