Ray Allen

Location of Interview
Collection Name

The Gulf Podcast and Oral History Project


The Gulf is an oral history project and podcast that shares stories about people and nature on the Texas Gulf Coast. For more information, visit the The Gulf's homepage.

Date of Interview

Alyssa Lucas

Principal Investigator
Biographical Sketch

Ray Allen is a dedicated environmentalist with a deep understanding of the importance of freshwater to bays and estuaries. He has been instrumental in the Coastal Bend Bays and Estuaries Program, where he has worked tirelessly to ensure that educational programs are tailored to meet the specific teaching requirements of students and teachers. Allen's work has not only been focused on the scientific aspects of the environment but also on the historical and artistic elements, providing a holistic learning experience for students. Despite the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, Allen and his team have remained committed to their mission, adapting their approach to continue providing educational services. In addition to his educational work, Allen has been involved in efforts to understand and manage freshwater inflows, recognizing the critical role they play in maintaining healthy bay and estuary ecosystems. His work has contributed to a growing understanding of the interconnectedness of our environment and the need to balance human needs with the protection of wildlife and water quality.

Scope and Content Note
In this oral history interview, longtime Executive Director of the Coastal Bend Bays and Estuaries Program (CBBEP) Ray Allen talks about growing up and falling in love with the coast, studying marine science and earning a bachelor’s degree then a master’s degree at Texas A&I University-Corpus Christi (which became Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi); working in the environmental department at Central Power and Light Company; his work on freshwater inflow issues with the Coalition about Restoration of Estuaries (CARE); and the creation of the Coastal Bend Bays Foundation and the CBBEP. He also discusses his work at CBBEP in creating the Nueces Delta Preserve and its focus on environmental education.

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