South Padre Island Receives Blue Ribbon Award
POSTED: Friday, March 9, 2012 - 10:08am
UPDATED: Monday, March 12, 2012 - 7:37am
SOUTH PADRE ISLAND — An environmental forum, centered on the Texas coastline, took place on Thursday on South Padre Island and the discussion focused on such threats as rising sea levels, increasingly stronger storms and disasters and how the island could adapt to those conditions.
During the forum the City of South Padre Island received the Blue Ribbon Resiliency Community award for their forward thinking to the environment. Val Marmillion of the America's Wetland Foundation said, "We have in the past separated environment and commerce and really one supports the other and we are trying to come up with solutions so South Padre Island and this whole region can be ecologically economically and economically strong going forward."
According to a recent study conducted by America's Wetland Foundation the Gulf Coast will suffer $350 billion dollars in losses over the next 20 years if nothing is done to protect it.