GMF provides environmental perspective on coastal committee

The Gulf of Mexico Foundation’s Bobbi Reed serves as Executive Secretary for the South Texas Coastal Zone Area Committee (STCZAC), a group that maintains a response plan for oil spills or chemical releases in the Coastal Bend. The GMF provides input to STCZAC on issues of environmental activities in the region. The committee is comprised of various federal, state, and local government agencies, as well as the marine industry and includes:

• U.S. Coast Guard Sector Corpus Christi
• Texas General Land Office
• U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
• Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
• Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
• Texas Railroad Commission
• Nueces County Office of Emergency Management
• Coastal Bend Council of Governments Citgo
• Valero
• Kirby National Spill Control School
• Marine Spill Response Corporation
• Gulf of Mexico Foundation

STCZAC works on issues relating to joint response efforts, including development of appropriate procedures for mechanical recovery, dispersal, shoreline cleanup, protection of sensitive environmental areas, fire fighting and salvage operations. It also develops procedures for the protection, rescue and rehabilitation of fisheries and wildlife.

READ APRIL 2011 “THE COASTAL ZONE” NEWSLETTER