Our Mission

The Texas Coastal Nonpoint Source Pollution Program works to ensure vibrant and sustainable fisheries, shellfish, and eco-tourism industries through sound science, collaboration, and partnership activities that focus on planning and effective management of nonpoint source pollution in Texas coastal waters.

Who We Are

The Texas Coastal Nonpoint Source Pollution Program is a collaborative effort of six program partners, overseen by the Texas General Land Office. These partners work with numerous stakeholders, state, and local agencies in ongoing efforts to protect and enhance the Texas Coastal Zone.

The Texas Coastal Zone is an important ecological and recreational area whose water quality is challenged by pollution, wastewater discharge, and runoff from rapid development. For more information on the Texas Coastal Zone, click here.

Who We Serve

The Texas Coastal Nonpoint Source Pollution Program serves Texas coastal communities by providing local governments, developers, and the general public with information and tools to better manage stormwater quality and quantity. The tools and guidance provided throughout this website can help Texas coastal communities implement measures to reduce the impact of development on the environment and protect the natural resources that support a thriving Gulf Coast economy.

If you are a resident of the coastal zone and want to learn more about the unique features of the Texas coast, our impacts on the region, and what you can do at home to improve the water quality of our region, click here.

If you are an elected official, decisionmaker, or already know about coastal nonpoint source pollution and are here for technical guidance on ways to implement stormwater best management practices, upgrade existing developments, or model an ordinance to address stormwater runoff, click here.

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Program History
Guiding Principles

Resilient development in the Texas Coastal Zone can be achieved with sustainable site design practices and techniques, such as the preservation of natural features and the use of conservation design in new developments. By preserving natural areas — such as wetlands, riparian areas, waterways and floodplains — we not only protect our water resources, but also ensure that natural buffers remain to serve as our first line of defense during floods and other natural disasters.

Protecting and preserving natural features is also a key component of conservation design, which takes an individualized approach to development projects. By clustering construction in specific areas and leaving open, natural spaces in others, we can take advantage of a site’s natural features that manage stormwater at no cost to developers. Often, conservation developments have the twofold benefit of reducing costs and increasing property value due to built-in access to these preserved natural spaces.

Other benefits that have been shown to result from properly enacted, sustainable site design approaches include:

  • Environmental benefits such as: pollution abatement and reduction, erosion control, protection of downstream water resources and riparian area, water quality improvements, increased groundwater recharge, and habitat improvements
  • Land value and public safety benefits such as: reduced downstream flooding and property damage, real estate value and property tax revenue, lot yield, aesthetic value, increased access to public spaces, improved quality of life, and greater public participation in community
  • Economic benefits such as: growth of industries that are directly dependent on the quality and quantity of the water resources in Texas’ coastal areas - such as tourism, recreation, and commercial fishing
Program Partners

The Texas Coastal Nonpoint Source Pollution Program, administered by GLO, is comprised of six networked agencies who coordinate to implement approved Management Measures. The division of responsibility for each agency is described below. These agencies are coordinating programs and staff activities on an on-going basis. Regular meetings and communications among program staff are frequent.

Stormwater Solutions for the Texas Coast

Protecting our water resources from the impacts of nonpoint source pollution is a complex challenge. Learn the basics of stormwater runoff and its impact on the Texas Coastal Zone.


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