Coastal Bend Bays & Estuaries Program Releases its Coastal Bend Environmental Indicators Report
by Kathryn Tunnell
Have you ever looked across the bay and wondered if it is safe to swim in? Or caught a fish and wondered if it was safe to eat? Or thought about how many fish are in the bay compared to 10 years ago? Well, environmental indicators can help answer those questions! 

Environmental indicators are specific, measurable markers that help assess the condition of the environment and how it changes over time, and the Coastal Bend Bays & Estuaries Program (CBBEP) has just released their 2020 Environmental Indicator Report for the Coastal Bend.

Like many of the other 28 National Estuary Programs throughout the country, CBBEP uses environmental indicators to not only measure the success of management strategies, but to inform environmental and resource managers, scientists, and the public. In 2010 the CBBEP published an initial Environmental Indicators Report that presented six questions of interest to the community designed to reveal the state of our bays and estuaries in the Coastal Bend.