Boat sewage is one of the primary sources of concern for fecal bacteria in Galveston Bay and as such, is a public and environmental health risk. It is the goal of GBF’s Boater Waste Education Campaign to decrease the incidence of boater sewage discharge into the Galveston Bay estuary; and particular attention is paid to Clear Lake, which has the third highest concentration of privately owned marinas in the United States. The campaign emphasizes the environmental harm and human health risk associated with raw sewage and how boaters can properly dispose of their waste.
In spite of having several pump-out facilities in the area, many boaters continue to dump raw sewage directly into our waters due to a lack of enforcement and understanding of the potential impacts. Galveston Bay Foundation leads this award-winning campaign in addressing this issue through a collaborative effort with marinas, boaters, volunteer water monitors, and enforcement agencies. GBF also oversees the development and distribution of the message with the advice of a workgroup comprised of (but not limited to) stakeholders from GBEP, TCEQ, Clean Texas Marina Program, Clear Lake Marina Association, and environmental NGOs.