Texas State Library and Archives Commission

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Resource Protection Division:

An Inventory of Parks and Wildlife Department Resource Protection Division Records at the Texas State Archives, 1962, about 1970-1999, 2001, bulk 1988-1997



Overview

Creator: Texas. Parks and Wildlife Dept. Resource Protection Division.
Title: Parks and Wildlife Department Resource Protection Division records
Dates: 1962, about 1970-1999, 2001
Dates: bulk 1988-1997
Abstract: The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Resource Protection Division's duties included protecting fish, wildlife, plant and mineral resources from degradation or depletion, investigating environmental contamination that might cause the loss of fish or wildlife, providing information and recommendations to other government agencies, and participating in administrative and judicial proceedings concerning pollution incidents, development projects, and other actions that might affect fish and wildlife. These files consist of correspondence, memos, fax cover sheets, reports, planning documents, comments to plans, agendas, meeting packets, papers, presentations, agreements, certificates, proposals, project construction tasks, project summaries, permit application summary sheets, proposed action public notices, environmental assessments or environmental impact statements, statements of findings, reviews and comments on projects that may have an adverse environmental impact on the fish and wildlife habitat, an environmental policy guide, and mailing lists. Also present are meeting files of the Coastal Coordination Council. Dates covered are 1962, about 1970-1999, 2001, bulk dating 1988-1997.
Quantity: 21.25 cubic ft.
Language: These materials are written in English.
Repository: Texas State Archives

Agency History

The State of Texas has given the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) the responsibility for the management and conservation of the state's wildlife and fish resources; provision of outdoor recreational opportunities to the public; acquisition, development, and operation of wildlife management areas, fish hatcheries, state parks, historic sites, and other public lands; conservation education and outreach; cultural and historical interpretation; and the regulation of fishing, hunting, and boating activities. The Department is composed of ten major divisions which carry out the functions and duties of the agency: Wildlife, State Parks, Coastal Fisheries, Inland Fisheries, Communications, Law Enforcement, Infrastructure, Administrative Resources, Legal, Information Technology, and Human Resources. The Parks and Wildlife Commission selects an executive director to administer the department. In 2005 the agency employed the full-time equivalent of 3,038 people.

The Parks and Wildlife Commission governs the agency. It was initially composed of three members, increased to six members in 1972, and as of 1983, contains nine members, appointed by the Governor with approval of the Senate. Members serve six-year overlapping terms. The Governor appoints the chair. The Commission meets quarterly or more often as needed, primarily to adopt policies and rules to carry out the programs of the Parks and Wildlife Department.

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) had its beginnings in 1879. The 16th Texas Legislature authorized the Governor to appoint a fish commissioner to ensure compliance with an Act for the preservation of fish and to build fish ways and fish ladders (Chapter 92, 16th Legislature, Regular Session). In 1881 the Office of the Fish Commissioner was established (Chapter 78, 17th Legislature, Regular Session). It was created for the "propagation and preservation of fish and to build fish-ways and fish-ladders…," and existed through 1885. The commissioner was appointed to a two-year term by the Governor, with the approval of the Senate.

In 1895 the 24th Legislature created the Office of the Fish and Oyster Commissioner (House Bill 55, Regular Session) with the commissioner appointed by the Governor as before. The duties included the protection of fish, turtles and terrapin of the bays and coastal waters of the state, protection of natural oyster beds and reefs, and the protection of the location of private beds. The Commissioner had the authority to appoint Deputy Commissioners to assist in carrying out the duties of the office. In 1907 protection of wild birds and wild game was added to the responsibilities of that office, which became the Office of the Game, Fish and Oyster Commissioner (House Bill 379, 30th Legislature, Regular Session). This Commissioner appointed Deputy Game Commissioners to assist in carrying out the duties of the office.

A six-member commission replaced the single commissioner in 1929 and the agency became the Texas Game, Fish, and Oyster Commission (Senate Bill 83, 41st Legislature, Regular Session). The commissioners were appointed to six year terms by the Governor with the approval of the Senate and were selected from different sections of the state. The chair was appointed by the Governor. Duties of the commission included administering the state's laws relating to game and fish; preventing pollution of streams; issuing hunting, trapping, and fishing licenses; collecting fees, taxes, and fines; conducting research; and proclaiming and enforcing open seasons and bag limits on game and fish. The commission also operated fish hatcheries and sanctuaries, administered game and hunting preserves, supervised oyster beds in the state, controlled and exterminated predatory animals and fish, and educated the public in the preservation of wildlife and fish and game resources of the state. It had the authority to create rules and regulations as necessary to carry out its duties. The name was changed to the Texas Game and Fish Commission in 1951 and the size of the board was increased to nine members (Senate Bill 463, 52nd Legislature, Regular Session).

The state created the Texas State Parks Board in 1923 (Senate Bill 73, 38th Legislature, First Called Session) to investigate prospective park sites in the state and report to the Legislature with recommendations, and to solicit and accept donations of land for state park purposes. The State Parks Board was initially composed of five members, appointed by the Governor with the approval of the Senate to six year terms, and they were to be state officers. The number of board members increased to six in 1937 (Senate Bill 484, 45th Legislature, Regular Session). This board was to begin locating sites for the establishment of the state parks system. It directed and managed state parks, except the historical parks which were managed by the Board of Control and/or several separate commissions. The Parks Board was charged with locating, designating, and marking historic grounds, battlegrounds, and other historic sites in the state, and erecting markers and monuments at such sites. The board also had the authority to create rules and regulations as necessary to carry out its duties. The primary function of the board between 1923 and 1933 was to acquire lands for parks through donations. In 1933, federal funds became available for state park development and the board worked with the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) and the National Park Service for the development of better park sites for a state parks system. The CCC provided labor during the 1930s to improve state park lands and facilities. The state transferred control of historical parks to the State Parks Board in 1949, except for the San Jacinto Battlefield, the Battleship Texas, and the Fannin Battlefield, which were still controlled by their respective commissions--the San Jacinto Battlefield Commission, the Battleship Texas Commission, and the Fannin Battlefield Commission (House Bill 120, 51st Legislature, Regular Session). Jurisdiction over the Fannin and San Jacinto Battlefields was transferred to TPWD in 1965 (House Bill 102, 59th Legislature, Regular Session). Battleship Texas was transferred to TPWD in 1983 (House Bill 586, 68th Legislature, Regular Session).

The State Parks Board and the Game and Fish Commission were merged in 1963 to form the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (House Bill 21, 58th Legislature, Regular Session). The Historic Structures and Sites Act was passed by the 60th Legislature (House Bill 58, Regular Session) in 1967 charging the Parks and Wildlife Department with stewardship of the state's cultural heritage sites. In 1983 the 68th Legislature passed the Wildlife Conservation Act (Senate Bill 94, Regular Session), giving the agency the authority to manage fish and wildlife resources in all Texas counties. Prior to this act county commissioner courts set game and fish laws in many counties, and other counties had veto power over Department regulations. In 1985 the 69th Legislature granted the agency authority over shrimp and oysters (Senate Bill 609, Regular Session).

The functions of the Resource Protection Division were absorbed by other program divisions following an agency-wide reorganization in 2004. While the division was active its duties included protecting fish, wildlife, plant and mineral resources from degradation or depletion; investigating environmental contamination that might cause the loss of fish or wildlife; providing information and recommendations to other government agencies; and participating in administrative and judicial proceedings concerning pollution incidents, development projects, and other actions that might affect fish and wildlife. It reviewed permits proposed for wastewater discharge and hazardous waste disposal by the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission and the Railroad Commission. The division also investigated fish kills, attempting to determine responsibility for the kill and recovering the economic value of the fish and other lost aquatic life from the polluter. It also assessed injury to fish and wildlife resources from oil and hazardous chemical releases and sought restoration from the responsible party. The division represented the department in the Interagency Council for Oil Spill Response Planning and the Coastal Coordinating Council, a multi-agency body that reviews and coordinates state and federal laws and actions affecting the Texas coast. The division worked to protect sensitive ecological habitats and rare, threatened, or endangered plants and animals and it worked with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to protect wetland areas and to dispose of dredge material from Texas navigable waters. The divisions's Resource Conservation Branch worked with the Governor's Texas Review and Comment System (TRACS) by reviewing and commenting on various projects that may have an environmental impact on state resources. It also supported the Geographic Information Systems Laboratory. The GIS lab is operated by the Executive Office and provides specialized training and spatial analysis as part of its support of agency-wide efforts to develop, manage, and maintain digital maps and natural and cultural databases which allow biologists and resource managers to more effectively manage state resources.

The Wildlife Division manages and conserves all the state's wildlife resources. Its responsibilities include wildlife planning, research, inventorying wildlife resources, monitoring population dynamics, regulating game seasons and bag limits, conserving non-game and rare species, habitat conservation and acquisition, providing technical assistance to land owners, operating and managing 52 wildlife management areas, and assisting with the management of 123 state parks. The division also uses state-owned and operated lands to conduct wildlife research, field tours, seminars, wildlife management operations, and offers public access to these lands for public hunting and other recreational and education uses. Most of the work done by the division is eligible for reimbursement under the Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration Act of 1937, also known as the Pittman-Robertson Act.

The Coastal Fisheries Division manages the marine fishery resources of Texas' four million acres of saltwater, including the bays and estuaries and out to nine nautical miles in the Gulf of Mexico. Management strategies are designed to sustain fisheries harvest at levels necessary to ensure replenishable stocks of important species and provide balanced food webs within the marine ecosystems. The division conducts monitoring programs year round to gather technical data to assess population levels and develop fishing regulations. The division operates three hatchery facilities to enhance populations of several species of game fish, through increasing abundance of the fish and offsetting impacts of natural catastrophes. The Division also operates the Artificial Reef Program. In 1989 the 71st Legislature directed the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department to develop the artificial reef potential of Texas (Senate Bill 5, Regular Session). The Texas Artificial Reef Plan was adopted in 1990, creating the Artificial Reef Program. The basic activity of the program is to acquire surplus ships, barges, oil rigs, and other material that is then deposited on the sea floor to form artificial reefs.

The Inland Fisheries Division manages the freshwater fishery resources of the state, which consist of 626 public impoundments and 80,000 miles of rivers and streams covering 1.7 million acres. The division activities include fisheries management and research, fish production, angler education and information, fishing access projects, and aquatic habitat management. The division also operates six fish hatchery facilities to enhance populations of several species of fish.

(Sources: Enabling legislation, numerous years; V.T.C.A., Parks and Wildlife Code, Title 2; Guide to Texas State Agencies, various editions; and information found in Texas Parks and Wildlife records.)


Scope and Contents of the Records

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Resource Protection Division's duties included protecting fish, wildlife, plant and mineral resources from degradation or depletion, investigating environmental contamination that might cause the loss of fish or wildlife, providing information and recommendations to other government agencies, and participating in administrative and judicial proceedings concerning pollution incidents, development projects, and other actions that might affect fish and wildlife. These files consist of correspondence, memos, fax cover sheets, reports, planning documents, comments to plans, agendas, meeting packets, papers, presentations, agreements, certificates, proposals, project construction tasks, project summaries, permit application summary sheets, proposed action public notices, environmental assessments or environmental impact statements, statements of findings, reviews and comments on projects that may have an adverse environmental impact on the fish and wildlife habitat, an environmental policy guide, and mailing lists. Also present are meeting files of the Coastal Coordination Council. Dates covered are 1962, about 1970-1999, 2001, bulk dating 1988-1997.

Topics covered include endangered species and impacts to fish and wildlife environments due to construction or other projects, dredging and fill operations in the state's navigable waters and wetlands, habitat loss for wildlife, regulation of aquaculture wastewater discharge, mineral recovery operations, natural recovery of damaged areas, flood control projects, environmental education of the public, regional water planning, mitigation policies, cleaning up oil spills, preservation of coastal barriers, ground water protection, animal waste utilization, improvements to water quality, mosquito control, hunting programs, management of grasslands and national forests, wetlands protection, the Galveston Bay National Estuary Program, the federal Clean Water Act and Section 404 Corps of Engineers permits, and revisions to the state's water quality certification rules. Correspondents include state officials, other state agencies, federal agencies and officials, local officials, legislators, congressmen, contractors, environmental groups, private companies, and the general public.

This series was removed from the overall TPWD finding aid due to the electronic file size limitations imposed by the online finding aid web site (TARO). If you are reading this electronically, click on the following link to access the overall finding aid Texas Parks and Wildlife Department records. If you are reading this in paper in the Archives search room, the finding aid, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department records, is found in the first divider within the same binder.

To prepare this inventory, the described materials were cursorily reviewed to delineate series, to confirm the accuracy of contents lists, to provide an estimate of dates covered, and to determine record types.


 

Organization of the Records

These records have been organized into six series by State Archives staff:
Division director administrative correspondence and subject files, 1989-1999, bulk 1994-1997, 2.25 cubic ft.
TRACS (Texas Review and Comment System) project files, 1991-1996, 2.5 cubic ft.
Corps of Engineers environmental assessment project files, 1962, about 1970-1997, bulk 1988-1995, 13 cubic ft.
Wetland Conservation Program project files, 1972-1999, bulk 1988-1994, 1.75 cubic ft.
Coastal Coordination Council files, 1992-1999, 2001, bulk 1997-1998, 1.25 cubic ft.
Environmental policy guide, 1992-1997, 0.5 cubic ft.

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Materials do not circulate, but may be used in the State Archives search room (Room 100). Materials will be retrieved from and returned to storage areas by staff members.

Restrictions on Use

Most records created by Texas state agencies are not copyrighted and may be freely used in any way. State records also include materials received by, not created by, state agencies. Copyright remains with the creator. The researcher is responsible for complying with U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17 U.S.C.).

Technical Requirements

None.


Index Terms

The terms listed here were used to catalog the records. The terms can be used to find similar or related records.
Corporate Names:
Coastal Coordination Council (Texas).
Subjects:
Fisheries--Texas.
Wildlife conservation--Texas.
Conservation of natural resources--Texas.
Water--Law and legislation--Texas.
Coastal zone management--Texas.
Dredging--Texas--Environmental aspects.
Wetland conservation--Texas.
Wetlands--Law and legislation--Texas.
Document Types:
Reports--Texas--Conservation of natural resources--1972-1999.
Correspondence--Texas--Conservation of natural resources--1980-1999.
Memos--Texas--Conservation of natural resources--1980-1999.
Manuals (instructional materials)--Texas--Conservation of natural resources--1980-1999.
Presentations (communicative events)--Texas--Conservation of natural resources--1988-1999.
Papers--Texas--Conservation of natural resources--1980-1999.
Functions:
Management of wildlife resources.
Management of natural resources.
Management of fisheries.

Related Material

The following materials are offered as possible sources of further information on the agencies and subjects covered by the records. The listing is not exhaustive.

Texas State Archives
Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission meeting files, 1963-2004, 22 cubic ft., 32 reels of microfilm
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department administrative records and other material, 1909, 1929, 1934-2004, bulk 1963-1999, 10.75 cubic ft.
Texas Coastal Coordination Council minutes and agenda, 1991-1998, 2006, 0.5 cubic ft.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

(Identify the item and cite the series), Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Resource Protection Division records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

Accession Information

Accession numbers: 2000/150, 2003/086, 2004/090, 2005/087, 2006/394

These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department on May 10, 2000; October 10, 2003; February 17, 2004; January 12, 2005; and August 24, 2006.

Processing Information

Laura K. Saegert, April 2007

Appraisal Information

Several series of project files, program files, and reports and studies of the Resource Protection Division of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department were appraised by the State Archives staff as archival on October 18, 1999 as part of an agency-wide appraisal of TPWD's records. The administrative correspondence of division directors was initially appraised as non-archival, based on the information provided at that time. The Archives has since learned that during the time period covered by these records the correspondence of the division directors was an extension of the correspondence handled by the executive director of the agency, usually containing the outgoing responses of the executive director based on drafts prepared by division staff. Based on this new information the Archives staff decided to review the administrative correspondence of the divisions on a case-by-case basis, keeping those files that fit the description of the administrative correspondence appraised as archival. The correspondence in this series fits the archival criteria. For a list of archival series and more information about the appraisal of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department's records, see the appraisal reports by State Archives staff on file in the search room of the Archives and Information Services Division or online at http://www.tsl.state.tx.us/arc/appraisal/parks.html.


Detailed Description of the Records

 

Division director administrative correspondence and subject files, 1989-1999, bulk 1994-1997,
2.25 cubic ft.

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Resource Protection Division's duties included protecting fish, wildlife, plant and mineral resources from degradation or depletion, investigating environmental contamination that may cause the loss of fish or wildlife, providing information and recommendations to other government agencies and participating in administrative and judicial proceedings concerning pollution incidents, development projects, and other actions that may affect fish and wildlife. The division also handled some correspondence of the agency's Executive Office, researching questions and drafting replies for the Executive Director. These files consist of outgoing and incoming letters, memos, fax cover sheets, reports, planning documents, comments to plans, agendas, papers, presentations, and mailing lists. Correspondence tracking system reports are available for 1994 and 1995. Dates covered are 1989-1999, bulk 1994-1997. Correspondents include state officials, other state agencies, federal agencies and officials, local officials, legislators, congressmen, contractors, environmental groups, private companies, and the general public.
The first set of correspondence contains letters that cover a wide variety of topics and reflect the various activities assigned to this division, including responding to complaints, concern over endangered species and impacts to fish and wildlife environments due to construction or other projects, habitat loss for wildlife, regulation of aquaculture wastewater discharge, mineral recovery operations, natural recovery of damaged areas, wetland conservation, flood control projects, environmental education of the public, regional water planning, mitigation policies, cleaning up oil spills, river dredging, preservation of coastal barriers, and controlling the brown tide along the Laguna Madre. Almost all of the outgoing letters are signed by the Executive director of the agency, Andrew Sansom, with a few outgoing replies by division staff.
The last set of files are correspondence and subject files that discuss issues such as strategic planning for the division, division reorganization, a symposium on Texas seagrass, strategic planning for water development allocation and management, a meeting of the Gulf of Mexico Regional Marine Research Board, water quality in East Texas, drought, civil restitution for chloride contamination of the Red River, water issues, the Natural Heritage Program, the TPWD's proposed expansion of the golf course at Bastrop State Park, environmental containments and assessments, the Texas Wetlands Conservation Plan, a coastal preserves management plan, aquatic preserves, regulations, exotic species, the reauthorization of the federal Endangered Species Act (ESA) and the TWPD's Endangered Species Program (ESP), concerns of landowners with endangered species, and the Balcones Canyonlands Conservation Plan (BCCP). The bulk of the files in this set concern endangered species and the BCCP issues. Files in this set of correspondence contain more internal division memoranda and outgoing responses by the division staff than what is present in the first set of correspondence, which is almost exclusively outgoing letters of the Executive Director. The files also contain a number of papers and presentations, many concerning the reauthorization of Endangered Species Act, some relating to other symposiums and workshops noted in these files, and others are presentations given at Parks and Wildlife Commission or committee meetings.
Arrangement
These records are arranged into two groups by State Archives staff: Administrative correspondence; Administrative correspondence and subject files. Files in the first group are further arranged by year as received from the agency. Files in the second group are arranged as received from the agency.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Division director administrative correspondence and subject files, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Resource Protection Division records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Accession Information
Accession numbers: 2003/086, 2004/090, 2006/394
These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by Texas Parks and Wildlife Department on October 10, 2003; February 17, 2004; and August 24, 2006.
Processed by
Laura K. Saegert, April 2007
Box
2003/086-1 Administrative correspondence
Correspondence tracking system report, 1995
A-B, 1995
C-E, 1995
F-K, 1995
L-Z, 1995
Correspondence tracking system report, 1994
A-G, 1994
H-Mc, 1994
N-Z, 1994
1993
1992
[3 folders]
Box
2003/086-2 1991
[2 folders]
1990
1989
Box
2006/394-4 Administrative correspondence and subject files
Gulf of Mexico Regional Marine Research Program workshop, 1993
Seagrass symposium, 1996
Symposium on Texas Seagrass, presentation, May 4-5, 1996
Strategic planning meeting, December 14, 1995
[Files concern planning for the Resource Protection Division.]
Strategic planning meeting, February 14, 1996
[Files concern planning for the Resource Protection Division.]
Strategic plan - panel, water development allocation and management, 1996
Strategic planning, water development allocation and management, 1996
Larry's presentation to Commission re: East Texas water quality, May 9, 1996
Reorganization division meeting, November 20, 1996
Water issues, education/outreach, presentation at Commission meeting, July 10, 1996
Texas drought, presentation at Commission meeting, July 11, 1996
Civil restitution, Red River chloride, presentation at Commission meeting, August 28-29, 1996
Bastrop golf course, 1993-1995
Balcones Canyonlands Conservation Plan:
Proxy, about 1991
Correspondence and planning files, 1991-1992
Correspondence and planning files, 1992-1993
Correspondence and planning files, 1993-1994
Commission agenda item, public hearing and attachments, July-August 1992
Environmental assessment, 1995
Written comments received, August-October 1991
Endangered species:
Endangered Species Act reauthorization, 1993-1995
[5 folders]
[Papers, testimony, news releases, correspondence.]
Endangered Species Act reauthorization, symposium held at National Wildflower Center, 1995
[3 folders]
Endangered Resources Policy Advisory Committee meeting, 1995
Correspondence:
1989-1991
1991
1991-1993
1993-1994
1994
1994-1995
1995
Natural Heritage Program, 1995
Box
2004/090-15 Environmental containments and assessments, 1993-1995
Environmental containments and assessments, 1987-1991
Pollution surveillance, 1988-1991
Gulf News, 1996
[2 folders]
Presentations given to various committee and other meetings:
Joint Commissions/Board workshop, January 20, 1998
Texas Wetlands Conservation Plan, Commission meeting, April 17, 1997
Policy Workshop, freshwater inflows, June 4, 1997
Public Land Committee, coastal preserve plans, June 4, 1997
Introduction of non-indigenous species workshop, June 11-12, 1997
Regulations Committee, harmful or potentially harmful exotic fish, shellfish and aquatic plants, repeal and new rules, August 22, 1997
Regulations Committee, sand, shell, gravel petition for rulemaking August 27, 1997
Commission Meeting, Texas Coastal Preserves Management Plans for Armand Bayou and Christmas Bay, August 28, 1997
Texas Outdoor Writers Conference, February 20, 1998
Policy Workshop/Committee Meeting, legal review - water, January 22, 1997
Policy Workshop/Committee meeting, legal review - aquaculture, January 22, 1997
Regulation Committee meeting, exotic species (inland fisheries), January 22, 1997
Commission Meeting, exotic species (inland fisheries), January 23, 1997
New commissioner briefing, aquaculture and water, March 24, 1997
Policy workshop, education briefing, Committee meeting, April 16, 1997
Aransas aquatic preserves meeting, June 26, 1999
Strategic planning workshop on water development, 1996
Commission agenda items on water standards and water conservation, May 1996
Strategic plan, natural agenda, 1994
Correspondence with legislators, congressmen, and governor's office, 1991-1993
Correspondence with legislators, congressmen, and governor's office, 1989-1991



 

TRACS (Texas Review and Comment System) project files, 1991-1996,
2.5 cubic ft.

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) Resource Protection Division's duties included protecting fish, wildlife, plant and mineral resources from degradation or depletion, investigating environmental contamination that might cause the loss of fish or wildlife, providing information and recommendations to other government agencies and participating in administrative and judicial proceedings concerning pollution incidents, development projects, and other actions that might affect fish and wildlife. Records consist of inquiries forwarded to the agency through the Texas Review and Comment System (TRACS) and responses by TPWD staff. The inquiries were generally forwarded by the Governor's Office of Budget and Planning to TPWD for review and comment on projects that may have an impact on the environment. According to agency staff, the reviews were coordinated by the Resource Conservation Branch of the Resource Protection Division and sent to the proper divisions (Inland Fisheries, Coastal Fisheries, Wildlife, etc.) for input. Responses were prepared by the Resource Conservation Branch and signed by the Resource Protection Division director. Not all of the inquiries have a TPWD response. Files include a log of projects, the initial inquiry and any supporting documents, which may include agreements, certificates, proposals, correspondence, budget data, project construction tasks, project summaries, environmental assessments, and reports. Also present is correspondence with the entity proposing or funding the project, usually a federal, state, or local agency. A few projects were proposed by private companies. Dates covered are 1991-1996. Unless otherwise noted, each file contains several inquiries. Files of inquiries with a large amount of material are filed separately and the topic is noted in the inventory.
Types of projects reviewed include ground water protection, animal waste utilization, improvements to water quality, mosquito control, consolidation of endangered species, hunting programs, management of grasslands and national forests, wetlands protection, Galveston Bay National Estuary Program, response to hazardous substance spills, disposal and reuse of a Naval Air Station, a proposed mine, replacement and expansion of an international bridge, fisheries development and utilitization, closing of military bases, abandonment of railway lines, reconfiguration of a nuclear weapons complex, analysis of pesticides in biological tissues of fish, pollution prevention, and reclamation projects.
The originating agencies, those submitting the requests, include federal agencies such as the United States Army Corps of Engineers, the U.S. Department of the Interior, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the U.S. Department of Energy; state agencies such as the Texas Department of Agriculture, the Agricultural Extension Service, the Soil and Water Conservation Board, the Texas Forest Service, and the Water Development Board; local government agencies; a few universities; and a few private companies. State and federal agencies are the funding sources for most of the projects. Many of the letters between the TPWD and the federal agencies were funneled through the Texas Office of State and Federal Relations.
Arrangement
These records are arranged as received by the agency in reverse chronological order by the date on the inquiry. Some misfilings were corrected by State Archives staff.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), TRACS (Texas Review and Comment System) project files, Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Accession Information
Accession number: 2000/150
These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department on May 10, 2000.
Processed by
Laura K. Saegert, April 2007
Box
2000/150-25 Log, 1991-1996
General correspondence, 1992-1994
TRACS inquiries:
November 1996
August 20, 1996
[Topic: Ecleto Creek Watershed structure.]
July-August 1996
July 1996
July 1, 1996
[2 folders]
[Topic: Non-point source implementation.]
June 24-27, 1996
June 10-20, 1996
May 20-24, 1996
May 6-14, 1996
May 3, 1996
[Topic: Gulf Intracoastal Waterway Rollover Bay.]
April 1996
April 12, 1996
[Topic: Hazardous Water Policy Program.]
February-March 1996
January-February 1996
January 2, 1996
[2 folders]
[Topic: Houston-Galveston Navigation Channels.]
December 18-20, 1995
December 12, 1995
[Topic: Non-point source implementation, FY 1996.]
May-December 1995
May 1995
May 1, 1995
[Topic: Dallas Area Rapid Transit abandonment exemption.]
April-May 1995
April 17, 1995
[Topic: Establishment of U.S. Navy Mine Warfare Center in Corpus Christi Bay.]
March-April 1995
Box
2000/150-26 January-March 1995
January 9, 1995
[Topic: Wetlands protection.]
December 1994
[Topic: Fisheries Development, Utilization of Shrimp Grow Out Project.]
August-December 1994
August 1994
[4 folders]
[Topic: Non-Point Source Management Program.]
August 8-29, 1994
August 3, 1994
[Topic: Public use of national wildlife refuges.]
August 2, 1994
[Topic: Consolidation of endangered species.]
July-August 1994
July 26, 1994
[Topic: Galveston Bay National Estuary Program.]
July 21, 1994
[Topic: Galveston Bay National Estuary Program.]
July 14-21, 1994
July 1-13, 1994
June 22-29, 1994
June 1-21, 1994
April-May 1994
April 1994
March 21, 1994
[Topic: Water quality management training.]
January-March 1994
January 21, 1994
[Topic: Project at Matagorda Lighthouse.]
December 1993-January 1994
[Topic: Permit for wastes and wastewater disposal from a dairy.]
December 1993-January 1994
October-December 1993
August-October 1993
May-August 1993
April 30, 1993
[Topic: Diagnostic assessment of Corpus Christi Estuary.]
Box
2000/150-27 January-March 1993
December 1992-February 1993
September-November 1992
September 1, 1992
[Topic: Pesticides, trace metals in fish tissues.]
August-September 1992
August 11, 1992
[Topic: Nuclear weapons complex reconfiguration.]
July 7-30, 1992
July 7, 1992
[Topic: Marine fisheries initiative.]
June 1991-May 1992



 

Corps of Engineers environmental assessment project files, 1962, about 1970-1997, bulk 1988-1995,
13 cubic ft.

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) Resource Protection Division's duties included protecting fish, wildlife, plant and mineral resources from degradation or depletion, investigating environmental contamination that might cause the loss of fish or wildlife, providing information and recommendations to other government agencies and participating in administrative and judicial proceedings concerning pollution incidents, development projects, and other actions that might affect fish and wildlife. Records in this series reflect several of these activities and consist of permit application summary sheets, proposed action public notices, correspondence, memos, environmental assessments or environmental impact statements, statements of findings, and reviews and comments on projects that may have an adverse environmental impact on the fish and wildlife habitat. Dates covered are 1962, about 1970-1997, bulk 1988-1995. Materials are listed on the original box inventories as being filed between 1986 and 1997, the bulk filed 1992-1993. Most permit applications have additional paperwork that dates back to about 1988; many files have supporting documentation dating back to about 1970.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act (16 U.S. Code Ann., Section 661 et seg.) mandates that state fish and game agencies be included in any comments on projects that may affect the water of the United States. The bulk of the files concern wetland permits filed under Section 404 of the federal Clean Water Act. This section gives the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers broad authority to issue permits for the discharge of dredged or fill material into the navigable waters of the United States. Documents were sent from the Corps of Engineers to TPWD for comments on a variety of projects, including those affecting coastal waters, wetlands, river basins, and the Gulf Intracoastal Waterways. Specific types of projects included dredging, building or repairing pipelines, mitigating new areas for development, diverting flood water, improving ship channels, constructing boat houses and other structures along water lines, building canals, constructing pumping stations, making improvement to roads and shorelines, etc. Proposed projects were requested by federal agencies, state agencies, local governments, and private companies.
The review documents may include maps, project diagrams, photographs, and other supporting data. Some of the projects will also include statements of findings or environmental assessments by the Corps of Engineers. The TPWD reviews were coordinated through the Resource Conservation Branch, Resource Protection Division. The Upper and Lower Coast Wetlands team members reviewed projects and made site visits, coordinating their efforts with other departmental divisions when necessary. Comments were prepared in the form of a letter or a no impact statement. Letters were coordinated through the Resource Conservation Branch. Most were signed by the executive director of TPWD, some by the assistant director of the Resource Protection Division. Responses were sent to the lead agency, which was the Corps of Engineers for these records. Correspondence was largely between TPWD and the Corps of Engineers. Other correspondents include the Texas Water Commission, the U.S. Department of the Interior, local government offices, private companies, and others.
Arrangement
These records are arranged into five groups as received from the agency: U.S. Corps of Engineers environmental assessments ordered by file numbers (four groups, each with different file document schemes), and U.S. Corps of Engineers topical environmental assessments. The files in groups one through three are further arranged by file number order within each group; files in group four are roughly arranged by date. Files in the last group are in topical order as received.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Corps of Engineers environmental assessment project files, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Resource Protection Division records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Accession Information
Accession numbers: 2000/150, 2004/090, 2005/087
These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department on May 10, 2000; February 17, 2004; and January 12, 2005.
Processed by
Laura K. Saegert, April 2007
U.S. Corps of Engineers environmental assessments ordered by file numbers, group one
[The records in this group are in document number order. Unless otherwise noted, each file contains materials for several permits. Files of inquiries with a large amount of material are filed separately and the topic is often noted in the inventory. Files are not present for all document numbers. These materials arrived unfoldered and since the date range is fairly narrow (1970-1995, bulk 1988-1995) dates were not added to the folder titles.]
Box
2000/150-27 071-764
902-2175
2176
[Topic: Construction of a parkway in Baytown.]
2180-5048
5115
[Topic: Diversion of flood flow in Fort Bend County.]
5120-6622
6695
[Topic: Dredging a channel.]
6813-8490
8616-9004
9009
[Topic: Constructing a residential canal subdivision.]
9028-9220
9267-9604
9621-9669
9703-10085
10088-10312
10440-10619
10615-10887
Box
2000/150-28 10902-11231
11369-11442
11521
11540-11873
11911-12253
12269-12584
12613-12797
12861-13191
13192-13605
13607-13660
13667
[Topic: Disposal of silt from dredging operation.]
13680-14045
14048-14279
14297-14492
14533-14577
14621-14667
14718
[Topic: Dredging a ship channel.]
14721-14815
14828-15397
15435-15551
15638-15767
15788-15811
15813-15910
15926
[Topic: Dredging canals in Galveston district.]
15938-15944
15961-16037
16089
[Topic: Dredging an intake channel.]
16111-16396
16412-16476
Box
2000/150-29 16510-16601
16607-16677
16684-16709
16712-16745
16786-16861
16888-16915
16977-17012
17020-17110
17118-17181
17187-17230
17240
17218-17249
17247-17315
17318-17351
17355-17360
17371
[Topic: Development on Mustang Island and Corpus Christi Bay wetlands.]
17374-17437
17446-17469
17473
[Topic: Construction work along Tres Palacios Bay and Tres Palacios River.]
17480-17526
17527-17646
17662-17741
17758
[Topic: Fill operation in Copano Bay wetlands.]
17760-17779
17781
[2 folders]
[Topic: Development of residential subdivision on Galveston Island.]
17800
[2 folders]
[Topic: Freshwater wetland mitigation on Galveston Island.]
Box
2000/150-30 17809-17837
17847
[Topic: Establishing a naval restricted area at Ingleside Naval Station.]
17848-17855
17875-17881
17886
[Topic: Construction of bulkhead at Lake Conroe.]
17894-17900
17916
17925-17986
17988
18001-18033
18035-18039
18047-18087
18088-18158
18159-18163
18164-18184
18182-18206
18207-18229
18239-18243
18244-18267
18268
[Topic: Construction of a railroad extension.]
18274-18300
18302-18311
18313-18323
18324
[Topic: Mitigation for unauthorized work during pipeline construction.]
18325-18329
18330
[Topic: Construction of Moody Gardens in Galveston.]
18332-18334
18336-18339
18340
[2 folders]
[Topic: Installation of pipeline for liquid propane.]
Box
2000/150-31 18341-18344
18346-18348
18349-18352
18353-18359
18360-18364
18365-18367
18368-18369
18370-18376
18377-18384
18385-18388
18389-18393
18395-18398
18399
[Topic: Digging a new channel in Matagorda Bay.]
18400-18404
18405-18412
18413-18419
18421-18422
18423-18424
18426-18434
18435-18438
18439-18445
18446
18447-18451
18452-18457
18458
18459-18464
18465-18469
18470-18472
18473-18477
18478-18485
18487-18493
Box
2000/150-32 1844-18500
18501-18506
18507-18511
18512-18513
18514-18518
18519-18525
18526-18531
18532-18538
18539-18546
18547-18551
18552-18557
18559-18562
18563-18567
18568-18573
18574-18579
18580-18583
18584-18590
18591-18595
18596-18608
18609-18612
18613-18619
18620-18622
18623-18633
18634-18642
18643-18644
18646-18651
18652-18657
18658
18660-18669
18670-18672
Box
2000/150-33 18674
[2 folders]
[Topic: Construction of a commercial recreation facility near San Luis Pass.]
18675
[Topic: Construction of a water-intake structure on Armand Bayou.]
18676-18679
18680-18687
18688-18696
18697
18698-18702
18703-18708
18709-18715
18716-18722
18723-18729
18730-18734
18735-18738
18739-18745
18746-18753
18754-18759
18760-18764
18765-18770
18771-18777
18778-18785
18786
18788-18793
18794-18798
18800-18804
18805-18810
18811-18815
18816-18820
18822-18830
18831
18832-18839
18840-18843
18845-18850
Box
2000/150-34 18851-18860
18861-18869
18871-18881
18883-18889
18891-18901
18902-18908
18909-18917
18918-18940
18941-18958
18959-18972
18973-18983
18984-18993
18494
[Topic: Grand Parkway in Houston.]
18995-19004
19005-19016
19016-19029
19030-19039
19042-19047
19049-19059
19060-19069
19070-19076
19077-19081
19083-19102
19103-19107
19108-19116
19117-19128
19129-19136
19137-19146
19147-19155
19156-19161
Box
2000/150-35 19164-19176
19177-19204
19205-19215
19216-19225
19226-19235
19236-19245
19246-19257
19258-19261
19263
[2 folders]
[Topic: Building IH 35 relief route in Aransas and San Patricio Counties.]
19264-19272
19273-19276
19277-19283
19284
19285-19294
19295-19300
19302-19306
19309-19310
19311-19318
19319
[Topic: Houston Parkway]
19320-19327
19328-19340
19345-19347
19348-19359
19360-19363
19364-19375
19376-19381
19382-19393
19394-19402
19403-19410
19411-19427
19429-19441
19442-19457
Box
2000/150-36 19458-19469
19470-19482
19485-19499
19500-19508
19509-19517
19519-19531
19532-19541
19543-19550
19552-19559
19560-19567
19568-19579
19581-19594
19595-19606
19607-19619
19620-19626
19627-19636
19638-19647
19649-19662
19664
19667-19674
19675-19681
19683-19691
19693-19699
19700-19709
19711-19727
19727-19736
19737-19744
Box
2000/150-37 19745-19752
19753-19761
19765-19775
19776-19790
19791-19800
19801-19815
19816-19829
19832-19847
U.S. Corps of Engineers environmental assessments ordered by file numbers, group two
[The records in this group are in document number order. These files document the same type of projects from the same time period as group one, but have a different numbering system, SWG... It is unknown what SWG represents. These materials arrived unfoldered and since the date range is fairly narrow (1970-1995, bulk 1988-1995) dates were not added to the folder titles. The files are arranged in reverse chronological order.]
Box
2004/090-15 SWG 9407001-SWG 9413006
SWG 9413008-SWG 9426005
SWG 9426008-SWG 943310
SWG 9433001-SWG 9307021
SWG 9307022-SWG 9313008
SWG 9326020-SWG 9322020
Box
2000/150-37 SWG 9307004-SWG9318002
SWG 9318006-SWG 9326017
SWG 9328018-SWG 9314004
SWG 9314005-SWG 9326004
SWG 9326005-SWG 9338002
SWG 9207001-SWG 9207012
SWG 9213002-SWG 9218002
SWG 9226002-SWG 9226008
SWG 9226009
SWG 9226010-SWG 9226024
SWG 9226025-SWG 9226028
SWG 9226030-SWG 9238001
SWG 9126005
SWG 9126006-SWG 9126010
SWG 9126011-SWG 9126013
SWG 9126014-SWG 9126018
SWG 9126019-SWG 8926004
U.S. Corps of Engineers environmental assessments ordered by file numbers, group three
[The records in this group are in document number order. These files document the same type of projects as groups one and two, but have a different numbering system - the files start with the year, 198600... The files cover the same time period as materials in the previous groups, with the bulk being 1991-1993. These materials arrived unfoldered and since the date range is fairly narrow dates were not added to the folder titles.]
Box
2000/150-37 19800118A-198600288
198600288
19870193
198800175-198800179
198800278
[Topic: Construction of the superconducting supercollider.]
Box
2000/150-38 198800552-198900043
198900064-19900401
199000424
199000455-199900127
199100027-199100248
199100257-199200038
199200085-199200088
199200107
199200133-19900494
1992000561
199200596-199200701
199200711-19930141
199300142-199300196
199300199-199300499
DACW 694-B-0043
[Topic: Sabine Pass Outer Bar Channel.]
U.S. Corps of Engineers environmental assessments ordered by file numbers, group four
[The records in this group cover one big project and several smaller ones. The files remain in the order received. These files document the same type of projects as the previous groups, but have different numbering systems and many of the files do not have file numbers. The projects are filed in chronological order. The files cover the the time period 1986-1997.]
Box
2005/087-1 TXR1001311, 1986-1989
[6 folders]
[Topic: Construction of a pumping station on Lake Texoma.]
Miscellaneous projects, 1990-1994
Miscellaneous projects, 1994-1995
CSJ 3596-01-001
[Topic: Improvements to Ocean Drive in Corpus Christi.]
Miscellaneous projects, 1996-1997
Miscellaneous projects, January 1997
[Topic: Work at Port Isabel Processing Center.]
Miscellaneous projects, 1997
U.S. Corps of Engineers topical environmental assessments
[The records in this group are arranged by topic, then most by a document number within the files. Unless otherwise noted, each file contains materials for several permits. Files of inquiries with a large amount of material are filed separately and the topic is often noted in the inventory. Files are not present for all document numbers. These materials arrived unfoldered and since the date range is fairly narrow (1962, 1970-1990) dates were not added to the folder titles.]
Box
2000/150-38 Gulf Intracoastal Waterway general file
[4 folders]
Illegal activities:
[There files document activities done to the environment without the necessary Corps of Engineers permits. Most of the activities discussed are unauthorized dredging and/or fill operations in wetland areas. The materials are arranged by assigned document numbers. Unless otherwise noted, each file contains materials for several permits. Files are not present for all document numbers. These materials arrived unfoldered and since the date range is fairly narrow (1962, 1970-1986) dates were not added to the folder titles.]
I 751-I 763
I 764-I 779
I 781-I 795
I 795-I 811
I 812-I 830
I 831-I 843
I 849-I 862
Box
2000/150-39 I 863-I 874
I 876-I 888
I 891-I 900
I 901-I 933
I 934-I 952
I 958-I 978
I 979-I 998
I 1002-I 1016
I 1018-I 1034
I 1035-I 1045
I 1046-I 1054
I 1058-I 1088
I 1089-I 1103
I 1106-I 1136
I 1139-I 1162
I 1391-I 1834
I 1879-I 2219
National Marine Fisheries projects, 1981-1988



 

Wetland Conservation Program project files, 1972-1999, bulk 1988-1994,
1.75 cubic ft.

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) Resource Protection Division's duties included protecting fish, wildlife, plant and mineral resources from degradation or depletion, investigating environmental contamination that might cause the loss of fish or wildlife, providing information and recommendations to other government agencies and participating in administrative and judicial proceedings concerning pollution incidents, development projects, and other actions that might affect fish and wildlife. Files contain letters, memos and reports concerning environmental assessment projects of the division's Wetlands Conservation Program, dating 1972-1999, bulk 1988-1994. Topics discussed include the Clean Water Act and Section 404 permits, wetlands protection, flood control, Corps of Engineers permits, revisions to the state's water quality certification rules, marsh management, shore erosion, navigation on lakes and rivers, modifications to lakes and rivers, coastal zone management, oil spill response, seagrass, endangered species, wildlife habitat enhancement, and other issues. Many of the materials are internal memoranda of the Resource Protection Division staff both within its division and with other divisions or offices in TPWD. Outside correspondents include federal agencies, other state agencies, local governments, companies, and organizations.
Files are present for the Texas Natural Resources Conservation Commission's (TNRCC) 401 Regulatory Guidance Ad Hoc Work Group. The group was charged with developing a regulatory guidance document for implementing TNRCC's 401 water quality certification rules, with regard to the review of Section 404 permits under the federal Clean Water Act. The goal of the group was to tackle issues such as mitigation, improving predictability, and balancing economic and environmental concerns. The working group included members from TPWD and the Texas General Land Office. Section 401 of the federal Clean Water Act gives states the authority to review and certify federally permitted or licensed activities that may result in a discharge of pollutants to waters of the United States. The state 401 certification is conducted to insure that federally permitted activities comply with state water quality standards. State authority for water quality certifications can be found in the Texas Administrative Code, Section 30, Chapter 279. Section 404 of the federal Clean Water Act gives the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers broad authority to issue permits for the discharge of dredged or fill material into the navigable waters of the United States.
Arrangement
These records are arranged topically, as received from the agency.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Wetland Conservation Program project files, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Resource Protection Division records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Accession Information
Accession numbers: 2005/087, 2006/394
These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department on January 12, 2005 and August 24, 2006.
Processed by
Laura K. Saegert, April 2007
Box
2006/394-5 Little Cypress Utility District permit application project, 1987
[4 folders]
Twin Butte dam repair project, 1997
Aquatic Resources Trust Fund reauthorization, 1997
Brazoria County forested bottomlands, 1996
Austin Regional Habitat Conservation Plan, 1990
Applewhite Reservoir Project, 1985-1988
Harry Wurzbach drainage project, 1988
Friendswood development project, 1988
San Bernard River, 1988
Landmark Inn, Medina River diversion, 1988
Harris County flood control district, 1993
Lake Buchanan, dredge and fill projects, 1984
Canadian River, gradient boundary survey, 1992
Box
2006/394-6 El Paso, development near, 1987
Presidio County projects, 1987
San Jacinto State Park, marsh management, 1994
Guadalupe River, mitigation bank proposal, 1994
Federal wetlands policies, 1994
Lake Wichita modifications, 1994
Walnut Creek diversion (Austin, Texas), 1988
Lake of the Pines navigation project, 1993
Colorado River navigation project, 1990
Corps of Engineers projects, 1982
Clean Water Act:
Reauthorization principles, 1997
Various information about the act, 1988-1991
Water quality certification rules, 1998
401 Ad Hoc Work group working files, 1998-1999
[3 folders]
Reauthorization of act, 1982
Box
2005/087-1 Seagrass, 1993-1994
Oil spill response mapping, 1993
Salt barrier, 1981, 1994
Tiki Island, 1994
Lake Ray Hubbard and iron bridge pump station, 1993
Katy prairie law suit, 1993
Texas Water Commission comments on water quality standards, 1991-1993
Proposed revisions to water quality certification rules, 1993-1994
Wildlife Habitat Enhancement Council, 1990-1992
Galveston Bay National Estuary Program, 1992-1993
Coastal zone management, 1991-1992
Grapevine golf course, 1993
Lake Grapevine wildlife habitat appraisal, 1994
Lake of the Pines dredging project, 1993
Endangered species, Houston area, 1993
Simms Bayou environmental assessment, 1993
Murphree Wildlife management area, 1993-1994
Fort Worth zoo, 1994
Lake Sierra Blanco feasibility study, 1991-1992
[2 folders]
Box
2005/087-2 Brazoria County fish hatchery site at Lake Jackson:
Maps, 1972-1993
Correspondence file, 1992-1993
Data sheets, 1992-1993



 

Coastal Coordination Council files, 1992-1999, 2001, bulk 1997-1998,
1.25 cubic ft.

The Coastal Coordination Council (Council) is charged with adopting uniform goals and policies to guide decision-making by all entities regulating or managing natural resource use within the Texas coastal area. It administers the Coastal Management Program (CMP). The chair of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission serves on this Council. As a member of the Council he can appointment someone to serve on the Executive Committee. During the time period covered by these records the division director for the Resource Protection Division served on the Council's Executive Committee as a representative of the Texas Park and Wildlife Department. Records consist of minutes, agenda, memos, correspondence, reports, policy evaluations, discussion guidelines, a memorandum of understanding with Corps of Engineers, drafts of policy material, and project reviews. Dates covered are 1992-1999, 2001, bulk 1997-1998. Memos and correspondence are generally between Council members. Topics discussed include the Coastal Management Program (CMP), policy development, rule certification, drafting a memorandum with the Corps of Engineers, dredging guidelines, and consistency reviews, which are reviews of projects for impacts to coastal natural resource areas (CNRAs) and the Coastal Management Program. Several files are present for the Threshold and Rule Certification Task Force, composed of Council members and few others, including additional TPWD staff from the Resource Protection Division.
History of Council
The Coastal Coordination Council (Council) was established in 1991 (Senate Bill 1053, 72nd Legislature, Regular Session) to coordinate state, federal, and local programs and activities of the Texas coast. It is charged with adopting uniform goals and policies to guide decision-making by all entities regulating or managing natural resource use within the Texas coastal area. It administers the Coastal Management Program (CMP). The Council reviews significant actions taken or authorized by state agencies and subdivisions that may adversely affect coastal natural resources to determine their consistency with the CMP goals and policies. In addition, the Council oversees the CMP Grants Program and the coastal Permit Service Center. The Council is chaired by the Commissioner of the General Land Office. The other members of the Council are the chair of the Parks and Wildlife Commission or a member of the commission designated by the chair; the chair of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality or a member of the commission designated by the chair; a member of the Railroad Commission of Texas appointed by that commission; the chair of the Texas Water Development Board or a member of the board designated by the chair; the chair of the Texas Transportation Commission or a member of the commission designated by the chair; a member of the State Soil and Water Conservation Board appointed by that board; the director of the Texas A & M University Sea Grant Program serving as a non-voting member; and four gubernatorial appointees. The appointees are a local elected official who resides in the coastal area, an owner of a business located in the coastal area who resides in the coastal area, a resident from the coastal area, and a representative of agriculture.
(Source: Texas General Land Office website - http://www.glo.state.tx.us/coastal/cmp.html. Accessed April 16, 2007.)
Arrangement
These records are arranged roughly in chronological order as received from the agency.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Coastal Coordination Council files, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Resource Protection Division records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Accession Information
Accession number: 2004/090
These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department on February 17, 2004.
Processed by
Laura K. Saegert, April 2007
Box
2004/090-15 Coastal Management Program, formative discussion documents, 1992-1993
Policy development, 1993
Dredging Cluster Group meeting, 1993
Threshold Review and Certification Task Force, August-September 1995
[2 folders]
Memorandum of understanding with Corps of Engineers, 1996-1997
Consistency reviews, January-March 1997
Dredging guidance material, March 1997
Council meeting, agenda packet, March 7, 1997
Consistency reviews, April 1997
Permitting Assistance Group, April 1997
Quarterly report, April 1997
Executive Committee meeting, agenda packet, April 2, 1997
Consistency reviews, May 1997
Box
2004/090-16 Council meeting, agenda packet, May 14, 1997
General consistency occurrence for Corps of Engineers letters of permission, 1997
Chart showing Corps of Engineers permit structure
Local government assistance program, call tracking report, 1997
Permitting Assistance Group, agenda, July 1, 1997
Consistency reviews, June 1997
Monthly assistance reporting, July 1997
Consistency reviews, July 1997
Council meeting, agenda packet, August 13, 1997
Consistency reviews, August 1997
Permit Assistance Program, August 1997
Memorandum of Understanding with Corps of Engineers, final copy, August 1997
Analysis of preliminary consistency assessments, August 1997
Department of the Army environmental assessment for phase III of state programmatic general permits, August 1997
Executive Committee meeting, agenda and notes, September 24, 1997
Issues for council meeting, November 12, 1997
Memorandum of Understanding with Corps of Engineers, attachment no. 1, October 1997
Correspondence, memos, October-November 1997
Council meeting, agenda packet, November 12, 1997
Correspondence, notes re: council meeting of November 12, 1997
Consistency reviews, November 1997
Dredging, July-December 1997
Permitting Assistance Group, April-December 1997
Consistency reviews, December 1997
Coastal Management Program annual report, January 1998
Consistency reviews, maintenance dredging:
Sabine-Neches Waterway, October 1997, January 1998
[3 folders]
[First folder includes cover letter discussing all the maintenance dredging reviews.]
Brazos Island Harbor, October 1997
Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, October 1997
[2 folders]
Executive Committee meeting, agenda packet, January 7, 1998
[2 folders]
Executive Committee, correspondence about meeting of January 7, 1998
Council meeting, agenda packet, February 11, 1998
Consistency reviews, March-April 1998
Quarterly reports, memos, March-April 1998
Executive Committee meeting, April 1, 1998
Mitigation activities, May 1998
Consistency reviews, May 1998
Council meeting, agenda packet, May 13, 1998
Dredging Consistency Workgroup meeting, May 29, 1998
Letter re: quarterly reports, June 1998
Consistency reviews, June-July 1998
Executive Committee meeting, agenda packet, July 1, 1998
On the Coast newsletter, Summer 1998
Permit Assistance Group, August-September 1998
Consistency reviews, August 1998
Workplan, Section 309 coastal grant funds
Council meeting, agenda packet, August 12, 1998
Consistency reviews, September-October 1998
Council meeting, agenda packet, December 9, 1998
Consistency reviews, December 1998
Draft state programmatic general permit application for review, September 1999
Geotextile Tube Workgroup meeting, March 2001



 

Environmental policy guide, 1992-1997,
0.5 cubic ft.

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) Resource Protection Division's duties included protecting fish, wildlife, plant and mineral resources from degradation or depletion, investigating environmental contamination that might cause the loss of fish or wildlife, providing information and recommendations to other government agencies and participating in administrative and judicial proceedings concerning pollution incidents, development projects, and other actions that might affect fish and wildlife. Records consists of drafts, notes, and the final environmental policy guide. In 1995 the Resource Protection Division was directed to update and expand the minimal guide they had developed in 1992. The records include the 1992 and 1993 guides, drafts of the guide with notes and comments in late 1995 and 1996, and the final version produced in January 1997.
Arrangement
These records are arranged roughly in chronological order by State Archives staff.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Environmental policy guide, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Resource Protection Division records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Accession Information
Accession number: 2000/150
These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department on May 10, 2000.
Processed by
Laura K. Saegert, April 2007
Box
2000/150-39 Guidance document for the use of pesticides, June 1992
Memos and notes, 1992-1994
Environmental policy: A staff guide to making it work, January 1993
Notes, appendix B, about 1995
Environmental policy, A staff guide to making it work, draft and notes, November 1995
[2 copies]
Environmental policy, A staff guide to making it work, draft with comments, November-December 1995
[2 copies]
Environmental policy, A staff guide to making it work, draft with comments, November 1995-January 1996
Environmental policy, A staff guide to making it work, draft and notes, 1996
Environmental policy guide, final version, January 1997