Many of the benefits we receive from living near the Gulf of Mexico are dependent on the health of our bays and estuaries. The vision of the Coastal Bend Bays & Estuaries Program is to maintain healthy bays and estuaries that provide aesthetic, recreational and economic values.

Throughout the 12 counties of the Coastal Bend from Aransas National Wildlife Refuge to the Laguna Madre land cut, the estuaries program staff plans and implements projects to study, improve, preserve and restore habitats. These projects directly address those actions outlined in the Coastal Bend Bays Plan, the program’s guiding document.

Read more about some of our featured projects below.
For additional information about the Coastal Bend Bays & Estuaries Program, contact Beth Wilson, communications manager, at (361) 885-6246 or

Check out some of the CBBEP Featured Projects below!

Making Marsh in Nueces Bay

Youth Odyssey Brings Kids to Nature at Nueces Delta Preserve

Spring Break: Colorado College Students Clean, Dig,
Paint at Nueces Delta Preserve

Oyster Shell Recycling Adds Layer to Bird Nesting Site

Packery Channel Opens Path to Seagrass for Young Fish

Oso Creek Bacteria Flows Even in Dry Weather

Nueces Estuary Ecosystem Management Initiative
An ecosystem services based plan

Bottom-Dwellers Suffer in Hypoxic Corner of Corpus Christi Bay

Going With the Flow: Marsh Returns to Matagorda Island

Record Number Discover Nueces Delta Preserve

Managing with Fire at Nueces Delta Preserve

Whitney Lake Marsh Park Dedication

Changing Wetlands: Ups and Downs Over Time and Type

Mollie Beattie Coastal Habitat Community

Lighthouse Lakes Park - A Nature Lover's Haven

Rincon Channel Wetland Observation Overlooks Engage the Public

Birders Flock to Joan and Scott Holt Paradise Pond

A Coastal Bend First - Island Habitat Restored to 4 Acres