Guadalupe River Field Trip - Oct. 17, 2003

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Area science students explore river
Gulf of Mexico Foundation project brings cultures together
Copyright 2002 Victoria Advocate.All rights reserved.
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 said.

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 Lake.

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, http://gulfmex.org

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 field trip.

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.

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