Texas coastal resources management program: a comprehensive report to the 63rd Legislature
Texas Interagency Council on Natural Resources and the Environment
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The 61st Legislature directed the Interagency Council on Natural Resources and the Environment to conduct a comprehensive investigation of the coastal zone. The lawmakers' goal was to take necessary actions to improve and maintain the quality of life on Texas' 400-mile coastline, including more than 1000 miles of shoreline, for present and future generations. They realized study and analysis of the coastal zone to insure its continuing health and productivity was necessary, not only for the inhabitants of the 36-county area, but for all Texans. This book is the comprehensive report requested. The Interagency Council on Natural Resources and the Environment upon completion of the Coastal Resources Management Program study recommends the Legislature take special consideration of six major topics. These topics include State-owned submerged lands, beach management, fresh water inflows to estuaries, dumping at sea, groundwater management, a continuing mechanism for coastal resources management and future fact-finding activities.