Pollution Issues for Nueces Bay, USA – February 21st, 201327.8N 97.4W
Several bays can be observed along the coast of Texas, USA, north of the border with Mexico. The dark green bay in the center of the Texas coastline is Corpus Christi Bay, a scenic semi-tropical bay next to the major city of Corpus Christi.
It is an important natural estuary that supports a diverse collection of wildlife, and attracts many tourists. The bay’s abundance of petroleum and natural gas has attracted industry.
It is separated from the Gulf of Mexico by Mustang Island, and is fed by the Nueces River and Oso Creek from its western and southern extensions, Nueces Bay and Oso Bay.
Nueces Bay is fed by the Nueces River, forming a natural estuary, which renders it ecologically and economically vital to the surrounding area. It serves as a habitat for the propagation of fish and shellfish, which sustain diverse species of birds and other wildlife. The bay is threatened by pollution from the heavy industry on its southern shore, which prevents oyster farming.