Special to the PRESS
The America’s WETLAND Foundation (AWF) honored three South Padre Island coastal advocates for their efforts to make a difference in coastal sustainability.
State Sen. Eddie Lucio, D-Brownsville, and Cameron County Commissioner Sofia Benavides received the Foundation’s prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award for their efforts to improve and grow their communities and the South Texas region. In addition, Rodney A. Juchar Jr. of Savannah Ranch, who donated an easement to ensure the 700-acre tract will be preserved by the Texas Farm and Ranch Program.
Sen. Lucio championed the Texas Artificial Reef Act that led to the development of the state’s successful Rigs to Reefs Program that support a thriving ecosystem, said Valsin A. Marmillion, managing director of the AWF. “During the course of his career, Sen. Lucio has time and again demonstrated a keen understanding of the importance of his district’s natural resources, not just to his constituents but to the entire state of Texas and the nation,” Marmillion said.
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