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AI- 7206   4. B. 2.    
Commissioners Court - Regular
Meeting Date: 03/23/2016  
CBBEP Contract for Habitat Management
Submitted By: Tyner Little, Commissioners Court Admin
Department: Commissioners Court Admin  

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RECOMMENDATION
Approve execution of a Reimbursement Contract for Governmental Entities with the Coastal Bend Bays and Estuaries Program for the Habitat Management Plan.
BACKGROUND
In January 2015, Nueces County received a grant to acquire 3,680 acres of undeveloped land on Padre Island in northern Kleberg County. Prior to acquisition, the property was owned by the Texas General Land Office which purchased it through a Federal Highway Administration grant in 1995. Since then, the land has been unmanaged with practically no law enforcement and has been subjected to illegal dumping, recreational shooting with suspected lead munitions, and indiscriminant vehicular traffic in dunes and wetlands. The full extent of these uncontrolled impacts has not been quantified, but may be affecting the hydrology, flora, and fauna needed to sustain healthy wetland ecosystems; infringing upon the critical habitat of endangered species and placing uncontrolled contaminants into the environment. The availability of Coastal Bend Bays and Estuaries Program (CBBEP) funds will help Nueces County augment existing federal and state regulatory compliance by developing scientifically based and locally enforceable ordinances to protect environmentally sensitive areas and manage the currently uncontrolled recreational uses.
DISCUSSION
The purpose of this contract is to prepare a Habitat Management Plan to include habitat characterization, maps, management objectives, conservation goals, and preliminary findings of potential recreational or other uses within the newly acquired 3,680-acre parcel of undeveloped barrier island land.

The grant award totals $7,673 with no cash match. The grant period will run from the date of final execution of the contract documents to August 31, 2017.


Budget Information
Information about available funds
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Account Code(s) for Available Funds
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Fund Transfers

Attachments
Reimbursement Contract

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