Few natural resources are as essential for human development as water – we drink it, wash in it, grow food with it, use it to manufacture goods and produce energy.

The Galveston Bay Estuary covers an area of over 600 square miles -- just slightly smaller than the state of New Jersey.

An estuary is the location where fresh water from a river and salt water from the ocean mix and is home to a variety of plant and sea life.

Recognizing the importance of this body of water, the non-profit Galveston Bay Foundation, was formed to preserve, protect, and enhance the natural resources of Galveston Bay.

Each year, the Bike Around the Bay ride raises money for the foundation and introduces riders, volunteers and spectators to the natural beauty of this unique estuary. Over 1,400 registered riders (70 from Shell) signed up to ride Bike Around the Bay, the largest group ever.

Through the efforts of the Shell Workforce and Community Strategic Initiatives team, Shell has been the title sponsor of the event for seven years and a long-time supporter of the Galveston Bay Foundation.

Throughout the year, the foundation provides other volunteer opportunities. Earlier this year, over 200 Shell interns participated in a volunteer construction project at the Trinity Bay Discovery Center. Opening in early 2017, the center will be used by the foundation to educate the public about the environment.

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