The Lower Galveston Bay Watershed is the 7th largest estuary in the United States. Located along the upper coast of Texas, it is connected to the Gulf of Mexico and is surrounded by cypress swamps, sub-tropical marshes and coastal prairies on the mainland. The Lower Galveston Bay Watershed includes the entire San Jacinto Drainage, The Trinity River to Lake Livingston, and numerous shorter coastal drainages including Buffalo Bayou, Greens Bayou, Turtle Bayou, Oyster Creek, Dickinson Bayou, Cedar Bayou, and East Bay Bayou. Today, much of the watershed is within the Houston–Sugar Land–Baytown metropolitan area, which is the fifth-largest metropolitan area in the U.S. and home to major ports including the Port of Houston, the second-busiest port in the nation. Galveston Bay produces more seafood than any bay in the nation except the Chesapeake.
Jordan Macha is the Executive Director and Waterkeeper of Bayou City Waterkeeper. A Houston native, Jordan grew up in the coastal waters of Texas, which fostered her dedication to the empowerment of Gulf Coast communities and protecting the environment around them. Prior to joining Bayou City Waterkeeper, Jordan worked for the Gulf Restoration Network and the Sierra Club advancing clean energy policy and restoration priorities across the Gulf region. She received her undergraduate degree in Russian and Political Science from the University of the South in Sewanee, TN, and a Master of Public Administration, with an emphasis on Urban Water Management and Policy, from Texas State University.
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