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Texas Ratings
Indicator Type Information Status
Beach Access86
Water Quality75
Beach Erosion9-
Erosion Response-5
Beach Fill7-
Shoreline Structures5 5
Beach Ecology3-
Surfing Areas45
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Texas claims to be the only state in the nation that has an Open Beaches Act. (Note: Oregon may argue this point.) As steward of state-owned lands, the Texas General Land Office (GLO) is responsible for managing the 367 miles of Texas coastline from the vegetation line on the beach to 10.3 miles into the Gulf of Mexico, as well as millions of acres of submerged land in our coastal bays. Many coastal programs stem from this basic responsibility and participation in the federal coastal zone management program through Texas’ Coastal Management Program (CMP).

The GLO Coastal Management Program website provides a wealth of information on beach access, water quality, and beach erosion, in addition to a fairly large number of publications and maps. Historical aerial photographs of the coast that were formerly available have been replaced by GIS maps. The site is well organized and easy to use. Highlights of the information available from the GLO website or related sites include:

The Texas Sea Grant College Program website provides links to a wide range of research, outreach and educational resources relating the the Texas coast.

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