The Galveston Bay Work Plan - Appendices
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The Work Plan for the development of a comprehensive water quality management program for Galveston Bay and its tributaries is based on recommendations of the eleven task committees which were assigned responsibility for specific portions of the overall project. Each of the committees prepared a report detailing the need for study in its area of responsibility and recommending specific items of work that must be accomplished to provide a basis for determining a management plan for Galveston Bay. The specific work projects recommended by all committees are summarized in Appendix A, and the reports as prepared by the committees are included as Appendices B through L. some duplications of effort is included in the committee reports because of the difficulty of defining boundaries for each of the task committee responsibilities. For example, each committee that requires new data to be collected for completion of its part of the work has included data collection as a budgeted item of work. It is apparent that data collection and analysis for the entire project could be accomplished more efficiently and economically by a unified data collection and analysis immediately available to all persons concerned with the development of the quality management program. The fact that such duplication occurs does not in any way detract from the value of usefulness of the reports. Rather, it merely points up the necessity for efficient management in execution of the work proposed by indicating what the total study would cost if it were undertaken as eleven separate projects rather as a single, unified project. The total estimated cost of all projects recommended by all committees for the technical aspects of the study is $4.4 million while the estimated cost of the technical aspects of the unified project proposed is $2.3 million. The management of the unified project proposed will require a high degree of managerial competence on the part of the manager and a high degree of technical competence on the part of his technical staff. Lines of communications must be established and maintained so that the manager, his technical staff, and his technical advisory group are kept informed at all times of the progress being made in each phase of the study. The manager must be prepared, on the recommendation of his technical staff and his technical advisory group, to change the scope and direction of specific work projects where progress being made indicates they should be either expanded, contracted, or deleted entirely. The savings made possible by the unified approach to the problem are ample justification for the increased managerial effort that will have to be expended in the execution of the plan.