Plastic Nurdles Found During Beach Cleanup

We found something surprising and disturbing at the Adopt-a-Beach cleanup on September 23rd: hundreds of “nurdles” amongst the shells, sticks and, of course, other pieces of plastic trash that were scattered along the high-tide line.

Nurdles are plastic pellets made at petrochemical factories that are later melted down and molded into all the plastic items of modern convenience. They sometimes escape from the factories through storm drains or are lost during transport to other factories and have spread through out the world’s oceans. Because of their small size and round shape, fish and birds often mistake them for fish eggs and eat them with harmful results.

In some places near Newport Pass on Mustang Island, volunteers counted more than 200 nurdles in a 1 square meter area of sand.  They were also observed along the high-tide line near Packery Channel and at Bob Hall Pier on North Padre Island.


10 2017

August Bag Heroes Encourage Residents to Skip the Plastic

Our Bag Heroes for August are the employees of Corpus Christi’s Stormwater Department, who manage the city’s storm drain system with 633 miles of piping and over 18,300 storm drain inlets. This system provides drainage when it rains but it’s not designed to treat the rainwater and everything it carries off the streets before the water flows into the bays.

Members of the department strive to inform the public about their role in preventing the introduction of trash, grass clippings, plastic bags and hazardous wastes into the inlets. One way they do so is by handing out educational materials and free reusable shopping bags at events around town.

Their message for everyone is: “City of Corpus Christi Stormwater encourages all citizens to skip the plastic and use reusable shopping bags to keep storm drains and local waterways clear of plastic bags!” We couldn’t agree more!


08 2017

Our July Bag Hero

Our July Bag Hero is Fred McCutchon – Corpus Christi native, attorney and surfer.  Fred is proud of his hometown and hopes that it can once again be worthy of the “Sparkling City by the Sea” moniker.  One way he helps is by remembering bring his reusable bags when he heads to the store.  Fred has summed his thoughts up in a poem:

Think of plastic and the blight
Of bags and bottles in our sight
Think of the waste in single-use
Of bags to buy a snack or juice
Pledge not to use what never rots
Grow natural beauty in your thoughts.


07 2017

New Marine Debris App from NOAA

NOAA has introduced a new mobile device app that lets you report marine debris (trash ranging from soda cans and plastic bags to derelict fishing gear and abandoned vessels) when and where you find it. Using this data, they can get a better idea of the extent, makeup and concentration of marine debris on our coast.  So get out there and start reporting!…/marine-debris-tracker


05 2017

Email your State Rep to Support House Bill 3482

The good plastic bag bill, Texas House Bill 3482, will have a hearing next week in the House Urban Affairs committee. If the committee votes favorably on this bill, it will help protect the existing bag ban ordinances in ten Texas cities, as well as proposed ordinances in cities like Galveston and Corpus Christi.

Since pollution problems caused by bags vary from city to city, local governments should be able to solve these problems as they see fit. This year, we have the opportunity to clarify and re-affirm this right once and for all.

As a constituent, your voice matters. Please let your Texas Representative hear from you!…/texas-legislature-respect-local…/


04 2017

Judith Reader is our April Bag Hero


Our April Bag Hero is Judith Reader, an active member of the Audubon Outdoor Club (AOC). She says, “As a member of the AOC “Blucher Gang”, we work each Monday afternoon at Blucher Park, picking up litter and cleaning the little creek that runs through the park. Over the years we have picked up hundreds of plastic bags and debris that would have ended up in the Bay. We need to do everything we can to reduce the use of plastic bags and bottles in our community.”

Thank you, Judith, for everything you do!


04 2017

Action Alert – Protect Local Authority to Ban Bags in Texas


03 2017

Carlos Haney is our March Bag Hero

Our March Bag Hero is Carlos Haney of Enlightened Images.  Known for his creative work in the local advertising scene, Carlos wears a suit and tie only for special occasions but always brings his reusable bags when he heads to the store.
He explains, “I don’t hate plastic, I hate plastic litter.  It’s ugly to me and dangerous to birds and sea life.  Reusable bags are an easy solution. If you think it’s a hassle, try digesting a plastic bag and you’ll feel different.“


03 2017

February Bag Heroes – the TAMU-CC Islander Green Team

Our February Bag Heroes are TAMU-CC’s Islander Green Team. Students on the team work to spread environmental awareness in our community and to promote opportunities for other students to become engaged about environmental conservation while striving for social and ecological justice. Islander Green Team members bring their own reusable bags when heading to the store. In their own words, “We choose to skip the plastic because….plastic is unsustainable.”


02 2017

First of Several EPA Webinars on Plastic Trash in our Waters


01 2017