Iconic Pass Now Open After Years of Planning and Fundraising Efforts
Aransas County, Texas –Cedar Bayou and Vinson Slough were opened on September 25, 2014, after having been sealed in the 1970s and enduring decades of negative impacts from siltation and low water flows. Local media were invited to view the ribbon-cutting ceremony and opening last Thursday.
Cedar Bayou is a natural pass that separates San Jose Island from Matagorda Island. Dredging efforts date back to the 1930s, but partial efforts, siltation, and misplacement of spoil materials eventually led to the pass and adjacent Vinson Slough being sealed. The restoration of Cedar Bayou and Vinson Slough has created the vital connection from Mesquite and Aransas Bays to the Gulf of Mexico.
$1.6 Million Dollars Given Toward Multimillion Dollar Project
Rockport, Texas – On May 21, 2014, Coastal Conservation Association Texas (CCA Texas) presented Aransas County with a check for $1.6M to help fund the restoration of Cedar Bayou in Rockport, Texas. After being sealed in the 1970s and decades of negative impacts from siltation and low water flows, a $9.4M construction project is underway to open Cedar Bayou and Vinson Slough.
Sixty STAR quality redfish have been released!
Texas Gulf Coast — Sixty specially tagged redfish are the STAR attraction in the 25th Anniversary CCA Texas State of Texas Anglers’ Rodeo (STAR) sponsored by the Texas Ford Dealers, Tilson Home Corporation and Capital Farm Credit. The tournament kicks-off this Saturday! CCA Texas STAR officials have released 60 redfish ranging from 20 ½ to 25 ½ inches in length. These tagged redfish have been released throughout 600 miles of Texas coastal waters, from Sabine Lake to South Padre Island.