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Galveston graced with beautiful beach water this week



When Chron.com heard this week that the supposedly the blue water was back along Galveston Island we reached out to Dr. Tom Linton, a marine biologist at Texas A&M University-Galveston, to see what was happening.

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When Chron.com heard this week that the supposedly the blue water was back along Galveston Island we reached out to Dr. Tom Linton, a marine biologist at Texas A&M University-Galveston, to see what was

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Right now according to Dr. Linton the water isn’t as much blue, as some Houston TV outlets are reporting, as it’s green. Hey it is close to blue on the old RYB color wheel.

Right now according to Dr. Linton the water isn’t as much blue, as some Houston TV outlets are reporting, as it’s green. Hey it is close to blue on the old RYB color wheel.

Photo: Nick Powell

Galveston graced with beautiful beach water this week

When Chron.com heard this week that the supposedly blue water was back along Galveston Island we reached out to Dr. Tom Linton, a marine biologist at Texas A&M University-Galveston, to see what was happening.

Though some people are reporting blue water, according to Linton, the water is more green. Hey, it is close to blue on the old RYB color wheel.

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“I asked my fellow Aggies why the water is the way it is right now,” Linton said. “This water is green and it’s not clear or blue. The winds have been calm and nothing is stirring the muck up off the bottom.”

So, according to Linton, the only thing to blame the green Galveston water on is calmer winds. In this heat, we’ll take any excuse though to splash in the water at the beach, though.

In late May and early June a hurricane in the Gulf of Mexico had reorganized the ocean water, bringing up clear, blue water from the southern portion of the Gulf to the delight of island visitors. The hurricane’s impact temporarily diverted the brown water that Galveston visitors usually see, a product of the nearby Mississippi River.

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The blue water earlier this summer was good for business on the island, according to reports, with Galveston Island Convention & Visitors Bureau taking notice.

And no, they didn’t dye the ocean water blue as a PR stunt. We asked.

As always, it’s important to check beach water conditions before heading to down to the coast with friends and family in tow. The Texas Beach Watch web page is a great resource to check before packing up the family and going south.

Craig Hlavaty covers Houston history and pop-culture. Read him on our breaking news site, Chron.com, and on our subscriber site, HoustonChronicle.com. | craig.hlavaty@chron.com

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