The Coastal Bend Bays & Estuaries Program (CBBEP) is a local non-profit 501(c)(3) organization established in 1999. The CBBEP project area encompasses the 12 counties of the Coastal Bend Council of Governments extending from the land-cut in the Laguna Madre, through the Corpus Christi Bay system, and north to the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge.
The mission of the CBBEP is the implementation of the Coastal Bend Bays Plan, which is to protect and restore the health and productivity of the bays and estuaries while supporting continued economic growth and public use of the bays.
The program originally started as a state agency effort during the planning phase. However, participants wanted to localize and take ownership of the program moving forward into the Bays Plan implementation. Hence, the creation of a non-profit organization led by a local board of directors.
The CBBEP is a non-regulatory, voluntary partnership effort working with industry, environmental groups, bay users, local governments and resource managers to improve the health of the bay system. Public participation by individuals and organizations is encouraged.
A mix of local governments, private industry, state (TCEQ), and federal (USEPA) agencies provide program funding. The program also seeks private grants and additional governmental funding.