Last week, after not receiving answers on what water monitoring was taking place post ITC fire, Galveston Bay Foundation decided to take matters into its own hands and conduct independent water testing. And we asked you for your support.
As guardian of Galveston Bay, we felt it was our job to take action and share our findings with the proper authorities and with you. On Friday, March 22, we found low levels of benzene in the water; on Saturday, March 23, there was a spike in benzene; and on Monday, March 25, the levels went back down.
Here is an interactive map of our data thus far:
Galveston Bay Foundation will continue to collect samples as we focus on effects the firefighting foam from the ITC fire might have on marine life and we could use your support to help fund this emergency testing!
The health of the Bay impacts us all. Thank you for supporting the work of the Galveston Bay Foundation.
For more information on Galveston Bay Foundation, please visit https://galvbay.org.
Please help us fund water sampling to assess environmental impacts of the Deer Park fire.
Earlier this week, Houston and the world watched as giant plumes of smoke billowed into the sky from the massive fire at the Intercontinental Terminals Company (ITC) in Deer Park, TX. The flames were extinguished after three long days, but the full environmental impact of the fire – and efforts to put it out – are still unclear.
Galveston Bay Foundation and its partners need to quickly assess the impact of the chemicals and firefighting foam that leaked into the Ship Channel and Galveston Bay.
Although the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has announced plans to work with the EPA, the Coast Guard, and ITC to test waterways near the facility, details have not been provided on their methodology, and no results have been made public.
Galveston Bay Foundation will conduct independent water sampling upstream and downstream from the fire site in partnership with the Environmental Defense Fund and Texas A&M University. Our testing will yield essential data on the potential impacts on the Bay, so your support for this project is urgently needed!
The health of the Bay affects us all. Thank you for supporting the work of the Galveston Bay Foundation.
For more information on the Galveston Bay Foundation’s work, please visit www.galvbay.org.
Watch our President Bob Stokes on KHOU: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r40-ShvUMOQ