Coastal Issues Forum

February Coastal Issues Forum

The Coastal Bend Bays Foundation presents Christina Marconi and Katie Swanson for this month’s Coastal Issue Forum on the Texas Gulf Region Cooperative Weed Management Area updates in 2021. 

Texas Gulf Region Cooperative Weed Management Area (CWMA) – Christina Marconi and Katie Swanson, Steering Committee Members for the Texas Gulf Region CWMA will provide an update on the CWMA, focusing on current removal and outreach projects and programs as well as future activities starting in 2021.

The Texas Gulf Region CWMA was established in 2014, with the mission to address invasive Brazilian peppertree from Port O’Connor to Packery Channel on the Texas Gulf Coast. The CWMA seeks to prevent the spread and movement of the species by advocating and educating for cooperative control amongst willing landowners and managers.

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January 2021 Coastal Issues Forum

Port of Corpus Christi State of the Port – Sarah L. Garza, Director of Environmental Planning & Compliance for the Port of Corpus Christi will provide an update on the Port of Corpus Christi, focusing on current environmental initiatives as well as a look ahead at those planned for 2021 and beyond. The Port of Corpus Christi is the largest port in the U.S. in total revenue tonnage and leads the nation in crude exports. This presentation will demonstrate the Port’s commitment to environmental leadership while maintaining its position in the global energy marketplace as the Energy Port of the Americas.

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December 2020 Coastal Issues Forum

The Coastal Bend Bays Foundation is hosting Rosario Martinez, with the Coastal Bend Bays & Estuaries Program (CBBEP) to present on the completion of a project to restore and protect five important rookery islands in the western Nueces Bay at its monthly virtual Coastal Issues Forum Monday, December 14th at 6 p.m. on the CBBF Facebook page.

Rosario is the Senior Project Manager for the CBBEP. She will present information on how this project will help protect five rookery islands from wave erosion and how these three acres of nesting habitat are critical for populations of colonial waterbirds. 

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November 2020 Coastal Issues Forum

The Coastal Bend Bays Foundation is hosting Gretchen Arnold, representing the The Coastal Bend Air Quality Partnership (formerly the Corpus Christi Air Quality Group), to present an update on Corpus Christi air quality at its monthly virtual Coastal Issues Forum Monday, November 9th at 6 p.m. on the CBBF Facebook page.

Join Gretchen as she explains what makes up the Corpus Christi urban airshed, the air quality of the airshed and the group that monitors and maintains the air quality. Her presentation will also cover ozone attainment and current challenges and efforts of the Coastal Bend Air Quality Partnership.

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October 2020 Coastal Issues Forum

The Coastal Bend Bays Foundation is hosting Jill Sweeney, representing the Bluewater Texas Terminal project (BWTX), to present about the current project status and explain how you can stay involved. The proposed BWTX project is an offshore deepwater port for crude oil export. The project includes two new 30-inch pipelines along 55 miles of onshore, inshore and offshore routes, a control room at Harbor Island and two, offshore single point mooring buoys. The mooring system is located approximately 21 nautical miles east of the entrance to the Port of Corpus Christi. Crude oil for BWTX will come from an onshore storage terminal located near Taft, TX, which will connect to the Gray Oak Pipeline and other third-party pipelines. As a major exporter of crude oil, Corpus Christi is home to important oil infrastructure in the Coastal Bend economy. BWTX is a 50/50 joint venture of Phillips 66 and Trafigura. The proposed BWTX project would provide U.S. oil producers another outlet for their crude oil. BWTX is committed to developing a project that provides economic benefits for the local economy, while designed to ensure safe and environmentally sustainable operations. For more information, please visit and ID: MARAD-2019-0094-0427.

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September 2020 Coastal Issues Forum

The Coastal Bend Bays Foundation is hosting Emma Clarkson to present about “Oyster Mariculture in Texas”. Join Emma as she discusses the newest fishing industry in Texas. We will hear a brief overview of some of the facets of oyster mariculture in Texas and some of the regulations behind the new industry, as well as a look at the vigorous site selection process that will ensure new oyster farms do not impact sensitive habitats and natural resources.

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2020 Calendar

Spring 2020 dates:

January 13th: Port Updates on Environmental Initiatives – Sarah L. Garza

February 10th: Environmental Awards Banquet Recipients

March 2nd: Dr. Tissot – “Artificial Intelligence and Sea Turtle Conservation”

April 13th: CANCELLED

May 11th: Jace Tunnel – Nurdles

Fall 2020 Dates:

September 14th: Emma Clarkson – Oyster Mariculture in Texas

October 12th: Jill Sweeney – Bluewater Texas

November 9th: Gretchen Arnold – Corpus Christi Air Quality

December 14th: Rosario Martinez – Nueces Bay Rookery Islands Habitat Restoration

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