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North Deer Island Partners Honored by Presidential Award

The TCEQ’s Galveston Bay Estuary Program, as part of the North Deer Island Protection Team, has received the Coastal America Partnership Award. (Natural Outlook, Summer 2010)

Two seagulls and a blue heron walk along the breakwater.
The TCEQ is part of the team recognized for protecting the critical coastal habitat of North Deer Island.
Photo courtesy of TPWD.

The TCEQ’s Galveston Bay Estuary Program, as part of the North Deer Island Protection Team, has received the Coastal America Partnership Award—the only environmental award of its kind given by the president of the United States—for its efforts to protect the most important colonial waterbird rookery on the upper Texas coast: North Deer Island.

The North Deer Island shoreline restoration project is a collaborative effort between federal, state, and local governments, as well as nongovernmental organizations and the private sector, to stabilize nearly two miles of shoreline that was once rapidly eroding. As a result of the effort, nesting and foraging sites for tens of thousands of waterbirds from 19 different species will be sustained for years to come. This restoration project has been instrumental in the brown pelican’s recovery in Galveston Bay.

The other members of the North Deer Island Protection Team are the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Audubon Texas, NRG Energy, the EPA’s Gulf of Mexico Program, EPA Region 6, the Houston Audubon Society, the Texas General Land Office, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the Galveston Bay Foundation.

“Fish and wildlife resources in Texas contribute more than $8 billion to the state’s economy every year,” says Chairman Bryan W. Shaw, Ph.D. “This award recognizes the efforts of the many agencies, stakeholders, and individuals in the ongoing efforts to restore and protect our nation’s sensitive coastal environment. The TCEQ, through the Galveston Bay Estuary Program, is proud to be a part of this important work.”

Aerial view of North Deer Island
The TCEQ’s Galveston Bay Estuary Program, as part of the North Deer Island Protection Team, has received the Coastal America Partnership Award for its efforts to protect the most important colonial waterbird rookery on the upper Texas coast: North Deer Island.
Photo courtesy of Jarrett (Woody) Olen Woodrow, Jr., USFWS.

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