Sediment Quality Assessment Survey and Toxicity Identification Evaluation Studies in Lavaca Bay, Texas

Quote from the report: “The most toxic station overall in this survey was station 18 at the Formosa Plastics Co. outfall. This station is in the upper part of Lavaca Bay which has been less impacted by the contamination from the ALCOA plant than most of the stations in this survey but is...Read more

Legal Document: Plaintiffs’ Second Amended Proposed Findings of Fact

Plaintiffs’ Second Amended Proposed Findings of Fact document from the citizen lawsuit Waterkeepers vs. Formosa Plastics

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Photo Essay: Water Monitoring, Point Comfort

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Map of Pellet Sampling Locations

Comment by Diane Wilson:

"The Court concludes that the evidence shows violations for each of the 736 days of discharges into Lavaca Bay from Outfall 001. See [Ex. 63, 254, 263-295 and 472]….In addition, the Court concludes that Formosa is a serial offender, violating its Permit concerning discharge of floating solids, in other than trace amounts, from other Outfalls from January 31, 2016, to at least March 24, 2019. Some 1,149 days of violations are recorded through Outfalls 003, 004, 005, 006, 007, 008, 009, 012.

The colored points on the map are where the 2,428 samples were collected."


Diane Wilson sampling by Kayak


"Jan. 2019, Waterkeeper Diane Wilson in kayak sampling at Formosa stormwater outfall 06 at Cox Creek"

Catching Pellets

Comment by Diane Wilson:

"2018, Waterkeepers David Sumpter and Ronnie Hamrick using nets to catch pellets floating in the water near Formosa stormwater outfall 06."

Checking Vegetation for Pellets

Comment by Diane Wilson:

"2019, Waterkeeper Ronnie Hamrick checking vegetation for pellets on east bank near Formosa outfall 06 at Cox Creek."

Diane Wilson sampling pellets, 2019


"April 2019, Waterkeeper Diane Wilson continues sampling after March 2019 trial."

Powder Sample, 2019

Comment by Diane Wilson:

"2019, plastic powder sample taken from Lavaca Bay."

Nurdle Sample, Ronnie Hamrick, 2017

Comment by Diane Wilson:

"Waterkeeper Ronnie Hamrick at Port Lavaca Marina holding two samples of pellets collected during monitoring of Lavaca bay and Cox Creek for illegal discharged pellets/nurdles and powder."

Waterkeeper Bob checking pellet/powder samples

Comment by Diane Wilson:

"April 2019, Waterkeeper Bob Lindsey checking pellet/powder samples."

Clean Water Suit Samples, 2019

Comment by Diane Wilson:

"March 2019, approximately 2500 samples collected as evidence for Citizens Clean Water suit."

Bins of Samples, 2019

Comment by Diane WIlson:

"March 2019 Waterkeepers and supporters loading samples into bins and putting in trailer to take to court in Victoria, Texas."

Photo: Pellets in Cox Creek, 02.11.2018

"December 2, 2018 pellets/nurdles discovered outside the boom of Formosa Plastics, outfall 06"

Photo: Pellets Outfall 06, 12.2017

"December 2017, pellets on east bank of Cox Creek, south of Highway 35 bridge at Cox Creek, north of outfall 06"

Photo: Dale Jurasek with Pellets, 03.2019

"March, 2019 Waterkeeper Dale Jurasek holding bag of pellets collected as evidence in Clean Water suit against Formosa Plastics, Point Comfort, Texas. "

Photo: Discussing Pellet Situation, 01.2019

Jan. 2019, Waterkeepers discussing pellet situation at Cox Creek: Ronnie Hamrick, Cheyenne Jurasek, Bob Lindsey, and David Sumpter

Kayak Protest

March 2019, Waterkeeper and Executive director of San Antonio Bay Estuarine Waterkeeper at kayak protest

Photo: Social Distancing Kayak Trip

April, 2020 Waterkeeper Taylor Wilson practicing social distancing and wearing mask before kayak trip down Cox Creek.

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