Life on Bolivar Peninsula is tightly linked to the environment; the quality of the environment provides direct economic benefit to residents and businesses. Examples of ways in which the economy is tied to the environment are demonstrated by the thousands of tourists that come to the Peninsula to fish, crab and bird watch. Peninsula salt marshes are the nursery grounds for fish, shrimp, and crabs and some Peninsula residents make a living fishing, crabbing and shrimping or in the commercial fisheries or fisheries-related industry in some manner.

Erosion alog the bank of the 
Gulf Intracoastal Waterway

Erosion along the bank of the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway (GIWW)

Hurricane Ike not only exposed the fragile nature of the Peninsula environment, it also demonstrated the importance of maintaining a balance between human activities and the coastal environment. The environmental subcommittee established the following goals and objectives to guide the recovery process:

Goal:

Repair environmental damage caused by Hurricane Ike and resume programs focused on environmental education, protection of wildlife habitat, improvement of water quality, and support for a balanced ecosystem.

Objectives:

  • Develop an environmental education and outreach program
  • Re-establish and maintain the integrity of the beach/dune ecosystem
  • Re-establish and maintain the integrity of the marsh ecosystem
  • Re-establish and maintain the integrity of the terrestrial ecosystem