Coastal Bend Bays Plan

The Coastal Bend Bays Plan has served as a regional framework for the management, protection, and conservation of Coastal Bend bays and estuaries for 20 years.  A consensus-building process was used by local stakeholders to collectively design and create a plan that represented their diverse perspectives and interests.  Year after year, the Coastal Bend Bays & Estuaries Program (CBBEP) and its partners have been translating The Bays Plan into actions and projects that have resulted in a Coastal Bend with cleaner water and sediment, healthier habitats, greater public access, and a more aware and engaged public.  Despite the progress that has been made, many of the same issues still remain and several new challenges have emerged, such as the impacts of climate change.  The CBBEP recognizes that its action plans cannot remain static and must be modified to respond to the changing needs of communities, incorporate new programmatic, scientific, and technological advances, and address new environmental challenges.  In 2016, the CBBEP initiated a new collaborative effort to revise The Bays Plan in order to incorporate developments that have occurred since the previous plan was drafted and to ensure that new priorities are being addressed.  The goal of the revision process was to produce The Coastal Bend Bays Plan, 2nd edition, which meets the current and future needs of stakeholders in industry, local government, academia, and resource management and can be used for years to come.


thumbnail of 2 Coastal Bend Bays Plan 2nd Ed – Climate Change thumbnail of 3 Coastal Bend Bays Plan 2nd Ed – Human Uses thumbnail of 4 Coastal Bend Bays Plan 2nd Ed – Maritime Commerce and Dredging thumbnail of 5 Coastal Bend Bays Plan 2nd Ed – Habitat and Living Resources thumbnail of 6 Coastal Bend Bays Plan 2nd Ed – Coastal Birds thumbnail of 7 Coastal Bend Bays Plan 2nd Ed – Land Conservation and Stewardship thumbnail of 8 Coastal Bend Bays Plan 2nd Ed – Water and Sediment Quality thumbnail of 9 Coastal Bend Bays Plan 2nd Ed – Freshwater Resources thumbnail of 10 Coastal Bend Bays Plan 2nd Ed – Public Education and Outreach thumbnail of 11 Coastal Bend Bays Plan 2nd Ed – Delta Discovery thumbnail of 12 Coastal Bend Bays Plan 2nd Ed – Monitoring and Finance Strategies

Click HERE to view the document in its entirety (This is a large file that can be downloaded)

CBBEP will present highlights of The Coastal Bend Bays Plan, 2nd Edition at the Coastal Bend Bays Foundation’s Coastal Issue Forum on April 9, 2018 at 6:00 pm.  The meeting will consist of a presentation about the revised plan, followed by an opportunity for public comment.  Public comments can also be provided by email to and must be received prior to May 31, 2018.

What:  Coastal Issues Forum – Coastal Bend Bays Plan Update
When:  Monday, April 9, 2018, 6:00 pm
Where:  Del Mar College, Center for Economic Development, Room 106, 3209 S. Staples Street, Corpus Christi TX
Who:  Anyone interested in learning more about The Coastal Bend Bays Plan, 2nd Edition