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Gulf of Mexico Initiative (GoMI)

Gulf of Mexico Initiative (GoMI)


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Gulf Coast Oil Spill, five-year anniversary 

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Video - Texas rolls out GoMI

Gulf of Mexico Initiative (GoMI) video

Texas Overview

Texas’ Gulf of Mexico coastal shoreline cover more than 621 miles of America’s Texas’ Gulf of Mexico coastal shoreline covers more than 621 miles of America’s 1,631 miles of gulf shoreline. From Brownsville, Texas to the Louisiana border, Texas’ gulf region offers a diverse array of natural resources, wildlife habitats and ecosystems that include uplands, coastal prairies, marshes and wetlands, shallow water habitats and numerous varieties of grasses. These areas are mostly on private lands and are home to a variety of wildlife species such as migratory and shorebirds, song birds, upland birds, insects, furbearing animals and a variety of marine life. Agricultural farming and ranching operations coexist alongside these habitats.

However, the health of the Gulf of Mexico has deteriorated because of factors, such as the loss of critical wetland habitats, water quality degradation and a significant loss of coastal lands. The Gulf Coast region also has endured significant natural and man-made catastrophes in the last decade, including major hurricanes and the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Strategies and Initiatives

The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Texas has embarked on a multi-faceted, collaborative approach to address, implement and accelerate recovery and ecosystem restoration throughout this treasured region. Through the Gulf of Mexico Initiative, NRCS continues to use conservation programs and practices to provide technical and financial support to help private landowners, agriculture producers, government agencies and other groups that put conservation on the ground in the Gulf region. The goal of these conservation efforts is to help clean and conserve water, enhance wildlife habitat, strengthen agricultural operations and improve the economic vitality in the region while also improving the health of the Gulf of Mexico.  ...learn more

For more information


Brian Wenberg,  State Conservation Engineer
(254) 742-9945

Lori Ziehr, Assistant State Conservationist for Programs