Texas City, Texas: Galveston Bay refinery creates home for wildlife

Marathon Petroleum’s Galveston Bay Refinery General Manager Rich Hernandez suggested that Marathon utilize a retention pond under construction as a wildlife management project located outside of the fence line.

The Habitat Enhance Awareness & Recycle Team (H.E.A.R.T) worked together to encourage ducks to nest in or around the ponds and to provide a space for other animals to live and be observed by refinery employees.

The changes implemented by H.E.A.R.T included installing a low protective barrier instead of a tall fence for viewing purposes, installing three aerators to oxygenate the water and prevent mosquito growth, and incorporating a controlled mowing and vegetation maintenance plan to allow for the growth of aquatic plants, which provide food and cover for pond wildlife.

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