Nueces River Authority receives Gulf Guardian Award
The Gulf of Mexico Program recently announced that the Nueces River Authority (NRA) will receive a third place Gulf Guardian Award for 2009 in the education category. The award ceremony will be Oct. 29 in Biloxi, Miss., in conjunction with the Oceans `09 International Conference.
Since 2006, the NRA Education and Outreach Program for the Coastal Bend has delivered education to over 2,800 people at 52 events in Nueces, Bee, Jim Wells, and Refugio counties. Using original, hands-on teaching tools, the educational events demonstrate the importance of clean waterways for drinking water, recreation, land and animal health. The program is supported by the Clean Rivers Program and local contracts. NRA partners with the Center for Coastal Studies at Texas A&M University at Corpus Christi, Texas AgriLife Extension Service, Coastal Bend Bays and Estuary Program, Texas State Aquarium – Sea Lab, and others.
The Gulf of Mexico Program initiated the Gulf Guardian awards in 2000 to honor the businesses, community groups, individuals and agencies taking positive steps to protect and improve the Gulf. The Gulf of Mexico Program, underwritten by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, was established in 1988 to protect, restore and maintain the health and productivity of the Gulf’s ecosystem in economically sustainable ways. For more information and a list of all of the 2009 Gulf Guardian Award winners, visit the Gulf of Mexico Program Web site.