VICTORIA ADVOCATE

Science being used to plan future of San Antonio Bay

Oct 29, 2010 | Victoria Advocate by James Dodson | Related Press

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The history of environmental resource management is rife with examples of planning and projects gone awry.

A good example is the Florida Everglades, where years of haphazard planning and ill-conceived projects began to starve the vast wetlands of critically needed fresh water. Recent efforts to plan and implement a comprehensive restoration program have run into almost insurmountable problems, chief among which is the overwhelming cost of reversing the damage and the consequent political back pedaling from commitments of assistance.

The San Antonio Bay/Guadalupe Estuary is still in relatively good shape when compared to many other highly impacted estuaries along the Texas coast and elsewhere. However, there are existing and anticipated issues that need to be addressed in order to protect, restore and enhance both the ecological resources and human uses in the San Antonio Bay System.

The San Antonio Bay Partnership, an organization comprised of stakeholders representing many and varied interests in the future of San Antonio Bay, has initiated a science-based process to identify these issues and then develop and implement a management plan for the San Antonio Bay System.

The first step in this process takes place in Victoria on Nov. 1-2.

SABP is sponsoring the “Science and the Stakeholder Workshop” at the Victoria Community Center, starting on Monday afternoon and continuing through Tuesday evening. The workshop will use a series of facilitated discussions on topics such as bird populations, aquatic communities, wetlands, riparian areas and estuarine hydrology to generate information that will be captured in a series of Status and Trends Reports for the San Antonio Bay System.

These reports will then be used, with further input from scientists and stakeholders, to identify and prioritize issues, and to design appropriate management strategies to address these priorities. This planning process is expected to occur over the next one to two years, resulting in the development of a “San Antonio Bay Plan.”

SABP will then be in a position to facilitate projects and programs implementing management strategies.

As work on the San Antonio Bay Plan moves forward, the state-mandated Senate Bill 3 Environmental Flows Determinations process – a complementary science-based planning program – is also underway. Many of the same scientists and stakeholders taking part in the SABP efforts are also involved in the SB3 program for the San Antonio Bay area.

While the SB3 process will result in criteria for in-stream flows and fresh water inflows to San Antonio Bay, it does not provide a mechanism for implementing the planning recommendations, other than the state’s taking the resulting environmental flows criteria into consideration when issuing new or amended rights for use of surface water. Protection, restoration and enhancement of San Antonio Bay’s diverse ecological resources depend on a much broader range of implementation strategies, which the SABP program affords.

If you want to be involved in the future of San Antonio Bay, attend the Science and the Stakeholder Workshop to learn about the science and to provide your input in the planning process.

Information on the workshop can be found at the SABP website: www.sabaypartnership.org.

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