The Book of Texas Bays (Google eBook)

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Texas A&M University Press, Nov 11, 2004 - Photography - 304 pages
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In a dazzling tribute to the Texas coast, conservationist and lawyer Jim Blackburn has teamed with photographer Jim Olive to give us the most intimate and important portrait yet of Texas bays and of those who work for their wise use and preservation. While giving life and sustenance to plants, animals, and people, the bays and estuaries of Texas have other stories to tell—about freshwater inflows, deep port construction, disappearing oyster beds, beach resorts, industrial pollution, and more. At a certain point, each story brings opposing forces into the courtroom for vigorous debates on the future of some of our most valuable and irreplaceable resources.

The Book of Texas Bays is a personal account of legal battles won and lost, but it is also a fine work of natural history by someone who has a deep spiritual connection to the Texas coast and all it has to offer. Jim Olive’s stunning photographs present us with a dramatic perspective of our relationship with the Gulf and remind us of both the grandness and the fragility of our coastal treasures.

  

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Contents

Spirit of the Mud
3
Water and Sabine Lake
6
Wetlands of the Upper Texas Coast
17
Smith Point
27
Wallisville
38
The Houston Ship Channel
48
Galveston Bay Bayport
59
Galveston Island
71
Port OConnor
167
San Antonio Bay and Sustainability
175
Rockport
187
Port Aransas and Lighthouse Lakes
195
Neuces Bay
205
Corpus Christi and Development
213
The King Ranch
225
Port Mansfield
236

Christmas Bay
84
Lake Jackson and the Columbia Bottomlands
96
Sargent
108
Matagorda Bay
118
Mad Island
132
Palacios
145
Lavaca Bay and Formosa Plastics
156
Laguna Atascosa
247
South Padre Island and South Bay
257
The Rio Grande
267
Notes
275
Index
282
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Page 20 - restore and maintain the physical, chemical and biological integrity of the Nation's Waters...
Page 19 - NMFS and its area offices receive permit applications to review from the the US Army Corps of Engineers under Section 404 of the Clean Water Act and Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act.
Page i - GULF COAST STUDIES Sponsored by Texas A&M University- Corpus Christi John W. Tunnell, Jr., General Editor On.
Page 21 - ... of the US Fish and Wildlife Service and its national wildlife refuge system.

About the author (2004)

JIM BLACKBURN, an attorney specializing in environmental law at BlackburnCarter Law Firm in Houston, is adjunct professor and lecturer at Rice University where he teaches environmental law. In 2001 he received the National Wildlife Federation’s National Conservation Achievement Award, and in 1998 the Bob Eckhardt Lifetime Achievement Award from the General Land Office of the State of Texas

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