National Coastal Condition Assessment

Purpose/Objectives

To better address questions about national coastal conditions, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service agreed to participate in a multi-agency effort to assess the condition of the nation's coastal resources. EIH was contracted to complete the national survey for all sites in the state of Texas.

Study Area

Coastal waters of the state of Texas

Project Period

2010

Description

In the summer of 2010, EIH sampled a total of 53 sites in the bays and estuaries along the Texas Coast. This sampling was part of the National Coastal Condition Assessment, a probabilistic survey designed and implemented by the EPA. Condition indicators sampled included water quality, sediment, benthic macroinvertebrates, and fish.

Presentations

Wrast, J. 2011. National Coastal Condition Assessment 2010. Environmental Institute of Houston Spring 2011 Advisory Board Meeting, Houston, TX. Presentation.

EIH in Action

Kristen Vale pulls in a trawl net
NCCA Crew
Kristen Vale conducts a bacteriological test on water samples collected from Matagorda Bay
Diana Ramirez, Christine Kolbe, and Robin Cypher process trawl catch
Misty Shepard processes water samples collected in the field
Pink purse crab (Persephona crinita), Lavaca Bay

Project Sponsors

Related links

EPA: National Coastal Condition Assessment

Contact
  • Environmental Institute of Houston

    Phone: 281-283-3950
    Email: eih@uhcl.edu

    North Office Annex
    2700 Bay Area Blvd, Box 540
    Houston, TX 77058-1002

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