The following list captures the finalized goals approved during our May 2018 meeting. Future work will be further development of actions/organizations for each strategy. 

  • Goal 1: Conduct High Quality Research and Needs Assessment

    • Strategy 1.1 Identify resources and current efforts

    • Strategy 1.2 Data gap assessment to prioritize needs

    • Strategy 1.3 Develop understanding of life cycle, transport, quantity and accumulation rate of marine debris

    • Strategy 1.4 Monitoring and standardization

  • Goal 2: Reduce Sources of Land-based and Water-based Debris Through Prevention

    • Strategy 2.1 Increase awareness and change behavior

    • Strategy 2.2 Promote and encourage producer and merchant responsibility

    • Strategy 2.3 Enhance efforts to support waste reduction

  • Goal 3: Support and Sustain Removal of Litter, Trash and Debris

    • Strategy 3.1 Removal of traditional litter

    • Strategy 3.2 Removal of disaster debris

    • Strategy 3.3. Increase capacity for large debris removal (including abandoned vessels and vehicles)


This webpage was set up to communicate and share our progress as we initiate, develop and begin acting on the Greater Houston-Galveston Trash-Based Aquatic

Action Plan. Please note the purpose of this action plan is to serve as a guidance document or a central point of reference for improved collaboration and coordination among the multitude of stakeholders across the greater Houston-Galveston region, to avoid duplication and optimize the efficiency and efficacy of efforts.

The document is not intended to be regulatory or specifically binding on actions or timeframes.