The coast of Texas was hit hard this past week by Hurricane Harvey.  ANEP is pleased to report that all staff at the Coastal Bend Bays and Estuaries Program, based in Corpus Christi, and the Galveston Bay Estuary Program, based in Houston, are safe.

Coastal Bend Bays & Estuaries Program was honored to be a part of U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt’s visit to Corpus Christi on August 30, where CBBEP’s Director Ray Allen gathered with Port Corpus Christi Commissioners, EPA Region 6, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, Railroad Commission of Texas, and industry and legislative representatives to discuss local and regional impacts from Hurricane Harvey, and what needs to be done to get communities up and running again.

Although disaster response is not a major part of the mission of any NEP, these programs often get involved in the wave of events because they are an integral part of the coastal management community in their areas.  Many NEPs also work closely with local officials on stormwater management and coastal resiliency planning and provide technical expertise about the impacts of events like Harvey on the water quality and wildlife.