The 2005 South Padre Island Red Tide Response Project was recognized recently by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with the third place 2006 Gulf Guardian Award in the partnership category. Award recipient, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, partnered with The University of Texas-Pan American Coastal Studies Lab and Texas Cooperative Extension in the project's development and implementation.
The award was presented by the Gulf of Mexico Program of the U.S. EPA. The Gulf of Mexico Program is a consortium of state and federal government agencies and representatives of the business and agricultural community, fishing industry, scientists, environmentalists and community leaders from five Gulf states - Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas. The program seeks to improve the environmental health of the Gulf in concert with economic development. The awards - first to third in seven different categories - recognize and honor the businesses, community groups, individuals, and agencies that are taking positive steps to keep the Gulf healthy, beautiful and productive.
The UTPA Coastal Studies Laboratory, established in 1973 as a marine biology laboratory in Isla Blanca Park on South Padre Island, serves the missions of university and public education, coastal research and public service.
For more information on the UTPA Coastal Studies Lab, log on to www.panam.edu/dept/csl/.