PORT LAVACA, TX October 18, 2021 - Thirty-one Port Lavaca-area
science students participated Friday in an all-day educational bus trip designed
to raise their awareness of the coastal community in which they live and
the river basin that feeds it.
The students from Travis Middle School
explored the river from its mouth near Seadrift to the Canyon Lake dam more
than 150 miles upstream.
"They discovered firsthand how fresh
water makes its way to the Gulf of Mexico and how human impact affects the
environment," said Carrie Robertson of the sponsoring
Gulf of Mexico Foundation.
The foundation is a nonprofit organization
whose goal is to promote conservation of the health and productivity of the
Gulf of Mexico and its resources.
The field trip included stops along the
river's course, where park rangers and biologists from agencies responsible
for protection and management of the river gave presentations, Robertson
Participating agencies included the Texas
Parks and Wildlife Department, the Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority, the
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the city of New Braunfels.
Beginning at the river's mouth, the students traveled via bus, tracing the river's path. Stops along the way included GBRA's Saltwater
Barrier near Tivoli, riverside parks in Victoria and Gonzales, the GBRA office
in Seguin, Landa Park in New Braunfels, River Road in Comal County and Canyon
Students used digital cameras and a video
camera to record their experiences and to create a web page for placement
on the Gulf of Mexico Foundation website,
The trip was part of an on-going educational
program designed, in part, to establish people-to-people relations between
the U.S. and Mexico while addressing environmental concerns.
Students from a middle school in Matamoras,
Mexico, were scheduled to participate in Friday's trip but because of conflicts
would not arrive until Saturday, when they will participate in a separate
Other trips are planned for students in Matagorda, Nueces and San Patricio counties. Other project sponsors include the Environmental Protection Agency and the Texas General Land Office.
Read this article online in the Victoria Advocate