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Old 05-26-2020, 07:21 PM
 
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Any TX - Gulf of Mex Towns that are not polluted?? I have been to Galveston might have been there at a particulaly bad time but thee was oil on the beach and dead birds. Water nasty brown and hot.



Was just looking at CC pics online and see a coal fired power plant. I know TX is the land of big oil but isn't there anywhere clean in that coast?
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Old 05-26-2020, 07:50 PM
 
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Any TX - Gulf of Mex Towns that are not polluted?? I have been to Galveston might have been there at a particulaly bad time but thee was oil on the beach and dead birds. Water nasty brown and hot.



Was just looking at CC pics online and see a coal fired power plant. I know TX is the land of big oil but isn't there anywhere clean in that coast?
There is no coal fired power plant in Corpus Christi.

Port Aransas is pretty nice, as is South Padre Island. Galveston is OK, the water is brown due to currents carrying sediment from rivers to the Northeast. The oil comes from a variety of sources, some natural seeps, some from man made sources.
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Old 05-27-2020, 09:14 AM
 
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South Padre or Nat'l Seashore
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Old 05-27-2020, 06:43 PM
 
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Was just looking at CC pics online and see a coal fired power plant. I know TX is the land of big oil but isn't there anywhere clean in that coast?
As mentioned above, there are no coal fired powerplants in or near Corpus Christi. All electricity is generated either by natural gas or wind turbines, and there are a lot of wind turbines across the bay in San Patricio County near Portland Texas. The Corpus Christi area is in compliance for air quality standards - in particular the ozone standard. There are petrochemical plants and oil refineries in the area but there is a lot of fence-line and regional air monitoring. This is not the 1960's and they are a lot cleaner after the implementation of the Clean Water Act and the Clean Air Act. The watershed for drinking water is pretty much undeveloped although the area is prone to droughts especially away from the coast.

Some of the best fishing on the Texas coast can be found in the area bays with Baffin Bay home to trophy trout and the largest black drum fishery in Texas. People from Houston come to the Corpus Christi area to vacation and retire. We have ten of thousands of acres of seagrass beds which produces all sorts of marine life (shrimp, fish, crabs). The area is a world class birding destination that sees hundreds of species of resident and migratory birds throughout the year. As I write this today the islands in the bays are hosting thousands of colonial waterbirds (pelicans, egrets, herons, terns, etc) and their populations are rebounding from previous low levels.

Sure there is some legacy pollution in Nueces Bay (zinc contamination from the long-gone Asarco zinc smelter) but that is confined to the sediments in the bottom and we only see elevated levels in filter feeders like Oysters.

Your observation about the Gulf beach is not too far off the mark. the gulf is shallow for quite distance from shore and our regular winds keep the sediment churned into the water. If you like sparking clear gulf beaches you need to look to Florida.

My only complaints are that there are no mountains or even hills, there are no forests (too dry), it can be very hot and humid for 10 months of the year. We haven't had a hard freeze in 20 years and we get the occasional tropical storm or hurricane in the summer.

I don't think you would like it at all.
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