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.

EIH in Action

Sunrise in Matagorada Bay as the NCCA crew gets an early start
EIH research assistants Bryan Alleman and Nicole Morris sort fish caught in a trawl in Galveston Bay while sampling for the NCCA.
Mantis shrimp caught in a trawl while sampling fish for the National Coastal Condition Assessment in the Upper Laguna Madre.
EIH research assistant Nicole Morris holds up a redfish that was sampled in Matagorda Bay for heavy metals.
EIH NCCA crew use the standard ponar off of the JH Performance.
Mandi Gordon, senior research associate, carefully scoops the top two centimeters of sediment for the sediment toxicity sample as part of the NCCA project in the Upper Laguna Madre.
EIH Environmental Scientist, Jenny Oakley, takes a bipsy punch sample for contaminants in the Upper Laguna Madre.
EIH’s Twin Vee pulls a trawl to catch fish for contaminant samples in the Lower Laguna Madre.
EIH NCCA crew enjoy a dip after completing their NCCA sampling in Corpus Christi Bay.

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

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