The first of four new "Sentinels of the Coast" data collection stations are now in the water at Surfside. Contractors began installing the sentinel on Oct. 15 and crews continued work through Saturday, maneuvering the giant steel pike into its proper position.

"This sentinel and the three additional systems that will be installed over the next several weeks will be added to a list of 29 existing Texas Coastal Ocean Observation Network stations that give Texas the most extensive coastal monitoring network in the country," said James Rizzo, Assistant Director of Operations for the Conrad Blucher Institute of Surveying and Science at Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi. "The TCOON will have a monitoring station at all six major inlets on the Texas Coast that will be providing near real-time weather and water level data, a network that is the envy of coastal states in the country."

These sentinels, along with the other TCOON stations, provide continuous water level and weather data that helps coastal communities better prepare for severe weather by providing accurate data that increase accuracy of forecasts that can save lives and property.

This project is possible through a $2 million grant awarded to CBI from the Coastal Impact Assistance Program administered by the U.S. Department of Interior through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, managed locally by the Texas General land Office.