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Monthly Coastal Issues Forum to be held today

Posted: 1:16 AM, Apr 09, 2018
Updated: 2018-04-09 02:16:21-04

CORPUS CHRISTI, TEXAS – The Coastal Bend Bays Foundation is hosting "Coastal Bend Bays Plan 2nd Edition – Highlights & Public Comment" during its monthly Coastal Issues Forum this Monday, on April 9th at the Del Mar Center for Economic Development in room 106.

The doors open at 5:30 pm., the presentation begins at 6:00 pm.

Dr. Kiersten Stanzel of CBBEP will present highlights of The Coastal Bend Bays Plan, 2nd Edition.

The meeting will consist of a presentation about the revised plan, followed by an opportunity for public comment.

To view a copy of the revised plan, go to  www.cbbep.org.

The Coastal Bend Bays Plan has served as a regional framework for the management, protection, and conservation of Coastal Bend bays and estuaries for 20 years.

A consensus-building process was used by local stakeholders to collectively design and create a plan that represented their diverse perspectives and interests.

The Bays Plan included a detailed, yet flexible, regional framework for action that could be used by partners in industry, local government, academia, and resource management to align their resources and programs to voluntarily participate in The Bays Plan implementation.

Year after year, the Coastal Bend Bays & Estuaries Program (CBBEP) and its partners have been translating The Bays Plan into actions and projects that have resulted in a Coastal Bend with cleaner water and sediment, healthier habitats, greater public access, and a more aware and engaged public. 

Despite the progress that has been made, many of the same issues still remain and several new challenges have emerged, such as the impacts of climate change.

The CBBEP recognizes that its action plans cannot remain static and must be modified to respond to the changing needs of communities, incorporate new programmatic, scientific, and technological advances, and address new environmental challenges.

In 2016, the CBBEP initiated a new collaborative effort to revise The Bays Plan in order to incorporate developments that have occurred since the previous plan was drafted and to ensure that new priorities are being addressed.

The goal of the revision process was to produce The Coastal Bend Bays Plan, 2nd edition, which meets the current and future needs of stakeholders in industry, local government, academia, and resource management and can be used for years to come.

For more information, see our head to The Coastal Bend Bays Foundation website.