Bill Balboa

Bill Balboa

The Matagorda Bay Foundation has hired its first executive director, an important step toward growing its environmental stewardship, advocacy, education and community support.

Jim Blackburn wrote in a news release that the foundation hired Bill Balboa. Blackburn is the president of the foundation.

Balboa previously worked as a coastal biologist for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and more recently as a Matagorda County Extension Agent with Texas A&M Sea Grant.

Balboa called Matagorda Bay “the jewel of the Texas Coast.”

“It is my goal,” he wrote in the news release, “to raise awareness of the unique character of this ecosystem, identify the issues and challenges that impact bay health and productivity and bring the citizens of (the) Matagorda Bay watershed together to work for the long-term health and welfare of the bay.”

Records show the foundation became a nonprofit in 2013.

Jessica Priest reports on the environment and Calhoun County for the Victoria Advocate. She may be reached at jpriest@vicad.com or 361-580-6521.

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