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San Antonio Bay Foundation adds members to board, sets goals

By BY DIANNA WRAY - DWRAY@VICAD.COM
Oct. 6, 2011 at 5:06 a.m.
Updated Oct. 8, 2011 at 5:08 a.m.

Gary Burns, Victoria County Commissioner Precinct 3

PORT LAVACA - Monitoring water quality, reaching out to students and educating them about estuaries, were goals set at the first meeting of the San Antonio Bay Foundation on Thursday morning in Port Lavaca.

The Foundation was formed in 2008 to preserve and protect the resources of the San Antonio Bay and the Guadalupe River estuary system. Tommie Rhoad took the reins as executive director of the foundation last year.

The foundation is primarily funded by the Guadalupe River Authority. Rhoad said they are planning to focus on outreach and educating students and teachers about the bays.

She said they are working on various projects, including monitoring the water quality of San Antonio, Guadalupe, Hynes and Mission bays and creating a comprehensive guide to the San Antonio Bay.

With four members added on Thursday, there are now eight members on the board.

"One of the goals of selecting these board members is to make sure these board members represent the different facets around the bay," Rhoad said.

Gary Burns, Victoria County Commissioner, Precinct 3, was selected because of his involvement in local politics. Rhonda Cummins, coastal and marine resource agent for Calhoun County, was chosen because of her education and knowledge of the bays. Gene Colville was selected because he is a rancher who lives in the area. Dale Fowler was asked to represent local business.

"The goal is to preserve and protect the resources of San Antonio Bay," Rhoad said.

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