Texas Tribune panel: Protecting Texas’ coastline

Kristen Schlemmer
June 21, 2024

This week, as two separate storms converged on the Texas coast, our Senior Legal Director and Waterkeeper Kristen Schlemmer participated in a panel, hosted by the Texas Tribune, on protecting our coast from a changing climate. Joining the conversation were Jim Blackburn, environmental lawyer and planner, professor in the practice of environmental law at Rice University; State Rep. Todd Hunter, R-Corpus Christi; and Kiersten Stanzel, executive director of Coastal Bend Bays & Estuaries Program. The Texas Tribune’s environmental reporter, Alejandra Martinez, moderated the discussion.

As the discussion shifted into how to adapt to rising seas and more intense hurricanes, Kristen Schlemmer reflected that “Ecosystems and communities need to be at the center of our decision-making.” Watch the discussion on The Texas Tribune’s website.

Credit: Pete Garcia for The Texas Tribune. From left: Moderator Alejandra Martinez, The Texas Tribune’s environmental reporter, leads a discussion about protecting Texas’ coastline with Kiersten Stanzel, Kristen Schlemmer, Jim Blackburn, and State Rep. Todd Hunter, R-Corpus Christi.