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National Coastal Condition Assessment


To better address questions about the nation's coastal resources, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is facilitating a multi-agency effort called the National Coastal Condition Assessment (NCCA). EIH was contracted to complete the national survey for all sites in the state of Texas in the summer of 2015.

Study Area

Coastal waters of the state of Texas

Project Period



In the summer of 2015, EIH sampled a total of 55 sites in the bays and estuaries along the Texas Coast. This sampling is part of the NCCA, a probabilistic survey designed and implemented by the EPA. Condition indicators sampled included water quality, sediment, benthic macroinvertebrates and fish.

Publications and Presentations

Morris, N.F. 2016. Mercury monitoring in Texas estuaries: a concurrent study with the National Coastal Condition Assessment. University of Houston-Clear Lake, Houston.

Morris, N. and Guillen, G. 2016. Mercury monitoring in the Texas waters of the Gulf of Mexico: a concurrent study with the National Coastal Condition Assessment. Texas Chapter of the American Fisheries Society, Kerrville, TX; State of the Bay Symposium, Galveston, TX. Presentation.

Project Sponsors

Related links

National Wetlands Condition Assessment

EPA: National Coastal Condition Assessment

  • Environmental Institute of Houston

    Phone: 281-283-3950

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