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Adopt A Beach – This Saturday in Galveston

Galveston, Texas From the shores of Hawaii to the coast of Texas, America’s beaches constantly serve as the recreational hubs of our vacations. Sunbathing, surfing, sand volleyball, and swimming are only a few of the activities that inch their way into our vacationing day dreams and serve as relief from the drone of the nine-to-five job. But what happens when we begin to take advantage of the beauty of the shore and let carelessness creep in?  A recent article by the Texas General Land Office in Galveston’s The Daily News explains that today the composition of the trash being found on Texas beaches is no longer trash from ocean-going vessels but is instead the trash left behind by beach-goers. The good news for beach lovers is that it is not too late to do something to protect our beaches.…
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Streaming Video of the Harte Research Institute’s Gulf Summit

Houston, TexasDecember 4-8, 2011 The Harte Research Institute’s “State of the Gulf of Mexico Summit” is committed to ecological and economic interests in the Gulf of Mexico. Focusing on action, SGM 2011 brought together leaders from government, industry, science, and non-governmental organizations both to assess current conditions and to build sound strategies for the future of this fragile and increasingly stressed ecosystem.…
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Plan announced to restore Gulf of Mexico after BP oil spill

By Rick Spruill, Scripps Howard News Service Houston, Texas Deepwater Horizon Oil Rig, April 2010 EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson on Monday announced a vast, collaborative plan developed by a federal task force to restore the Gulf of Mexico following the BP oil spill disaster. The plan will be kick started by a $50 million infusion from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to restore the seven U.S. waterway deltas crucial to the Gulf’s health. Jackson outlined in broad strokes the four-part plan that will take years — and hundreds of millions of federal and private dollars — to implement. It was developed by the Obama administration’s Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Task Force made up of federal officials and leaders from five Gulf Coast states.…
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Edward Harte’s Legacy Will Go On

By the time famed oceanographer Sylvia Earle met philanthropist Edward Harte in 2000, the two had accomplished more than most can dream. Harte, the former publisher of the Caller-Times and philanthropist, helped grow his family business into a $775 million empire while also becoming well known for his conservation efforts locally and abroad. Mr. Harte was an advocate of habitat protection and offshore drilling regulation for many years. William H. Dietel, chairman of the American Farmland Trust, said, “Ed has been a man of conservation for many years… Ed has the capacity to see critical need.” Harte died on Wednesday, May 18th. He was 88. It was not until Harte read one of Earle’s books, “Sea Change: A Message of the Oceans” that their lives crossed.…
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