TPWD gives funding boost to Cedar Bayou project
Department’s $250,000 commitment, coupled with $100,000 from CCA National habitat program, brings restoration project closer to reality
AUSTIN, TX – Ongoing funding efforts to restore Cedar Bayou have received a significant boost with a $250,000 commitment from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) and a $100,000 contribution from the Building Conservation Trust, CCA’s national habitat program. The funding will go to support the work being done by Aransas County, Coastal Conservation Association Texas and other partners to open the pass between Matagorda and San Jose Islands.
Superstars highlight 2nd Annual CCA Texas Concert for Conservation
Dwight Yoakam, Robert Earl Keen headline May 18 event
HOUSTON (March 7, 2013) — Tickets are on sale now for the second annual Concert for Conservation scheduled for Saturday, May 18, at Sam Houston Race Park. This year, Coastal Conservation Association Texas (CCA Texas) has partnered with Sam Houston Race Park to put together a superstar lineup that will offer fans a wide variety of country music from featured artists Dwight Yoakam, Robert Earl Keen, Hayes Carll and Ray Willie Hubbard.
Effort to open up Cedar Bayou gets $200,000 boost
Texas Coastal Management Program awards grant to re-open natural pass
AUSTIN — Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson today announced a $200,000 grant to help re-open Cedar Bayou, a natural pass between the Gulf of Mexico and the Aransas Bay complex.
“This is good news for the whooping cranes, as well as everything else that depends on a healthy bay system,” Patterson said. “Everything alive in the Aransas and Mesquite bay systems will benefit once this pass opens and the natural dynamics are restored.”
The $200,000 grant awarded today is in addition to the $518,000 the General Land Office previously awarded for work to reopen Cedar Bayou.
The project will straighten Cedar Bayou and connect it with a channel from Vinson Slough near the beach of San Jose Island. Dredge sand from the channel will be placed in a semi-circle offshore to bolster a natural delta and to diffuse waves that tend to plug the mouth with sand. This will re-establish the hydraulic connection between the Gulf of Mexico and the Aransas/Mesquite bay system and re-establish the life-cycle migration route for a variety of marine species, as well as enhance tidal flow to thousands of acres of tidal wetlands adjacent to Cedar Bayou and Vinson Slough.
The Cedar Bayou grant application was evaluated by representatives from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, the Railroad Commission of Texas, the Texas Department of Transportation, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, the Texas Water Development Board, the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board, the Texas Sea Grant College Program and the Texas General Land Office. The General Land Office granted final approval of the project as part of this year’s Coastal Management Program grant cycle.