Educational Outreach Programs
Educational Outreach Programs enhance students’ and teachers’ background on the local flora and fauna found within our coastal environments. Our curricula are based on an ocean-oriented approach to teaching science standards in accordance with the National Science Education Standards (NSES). Teachers can explore our Lower Laguna Madre ecosystems and conduct field studies that can easily be adapted to a classroom setting. Students can participate in activities that include a trip on a local vessel with an experienced naturalist/teacher for gathering water chemistry data and collecting marine organisms for subsequent classification and study in a laboratory setting. Please call the CSL for further information.
Rio Grande Coastal Impact Monitoring Program
The Rio Grande Coastal Impact Monitoring Program (RGCIMP) documents pollutant discharges from the Rio Grande and associated drains into the south Texas coastal waters, and the impacts of these pollutants.
The RGCIMP office is located at The University of Texas-Pan American Coastal Studies Laboratory and is facilitated and coordinated by the Texas General Land Office, Coastal Division, Austin Texas.
Phase 1 of the project resulted in the following deliverables:
- Water Related Resources of the Rio Grande Valley of Texas: An Annotated Bibliography.
- Literature Survey of the Lower Rio Grande and Associated Coastal Waters
- Toxic Contaminants Survey of the Lower Rio Grande, Lower Arroyo Colorado, and Associated Coastal Waters.
- Real-time Monitoring of Water Quality and Hydrodynamics at the Mouth of the Arroyo Colorado, Texas
Texas Marine Mammal Stranding Network
The UTPA Coastal Studies Laboratory is the Port Isabel Regional Headquarters of the Texas Marine Mammal Stranding Network. The Texas Marine Mammal Stranding Network, founded in 1980, is a nonprofit volunteer-based organization dedicated to the understanding and conservation of marine mammals. The Network rescues and rehabilitates marine mammals that strand along the Texas Coast, providing food, medical treatment and 24-hour-a-day observation. Network volunteers in six regions along the coast respond immediately when a stranding is reported.
Statewide Marine Mammal Stranding Emergency Telephone Number: CALL 1-800-9MAMMAL or 1-800-962-6625
The South Padre Island Region includes: Cameron County and Wilacy County south of Mansfield Pass.