Bucket 1 - 2019

Lower San Bernard River Ecosystem Restoration Project

County: Brazoria

Funding Awarded:
$10,766,000

Project Description:
This is an ecosystem restoration project which will restore the historical flow of the San Bernard River to the Gulf of Mexico. The proposed project is to open the mouth of the San Bernard River via dredging the currently silted in channel and river outlet to the Gulf to reestablish normal river flow.

Bucket 2 - 2016

Texas Beneficial Use/Marsh Restoration

County: Galveston, Jefferson, Orange

Funding Awarded:
$948,000

Project Description:
The State of Texas Beneficial Use of Dredged Material (BUDM), Project Design Fund Phase I project is located in Orange, Jefferson and Galveston Counties Texas. It will facilitate BUDM through careful site selection, survey data collection, preparation of engineering and design plans, environmental compliance and permitting. The primary goal is to create shovel-ready restoration sites that, when fully implemented, will transform areas that have subsided into open waters back to tidally influenced coastal wetlands.

Matagorda Bay System Priority Landscape Conservation

County: Brazoria, Matagorda

Funding Awarded:
$6,012,000

Project Description:
Matagorda Bay System Priority Landscape Conservation Project aims to conserve strategic lands adjacent to the Matagorda Bay/San Antonio Bay complex to help ensure long-term native diversity, productivity and resiliency of the entire bay estuary complex. In this activity, the State of Texas is expected to acquire approximately 6,500 plus acres of high quality coastal habitats including emergent marshes, tidal flats, lagoons and coastal prairie with several miles of frontage on the Matagorda Bay system.

Bayou Greenways

County: Harris

Funding Awarded:
$7,109,000

Project Description:
The Houston Parks Board, subrecipient for the project, aims to purchase 80 to 100 acres of land in Clear Creek Greenway, and transfer to the City of Houston, as part of the larger Bayou Greenways initiative to acquire and preserve nearly 4,000 acres of riparian buffer corridors along major waterways, (bayous and creeks) running predominately through Harris County and the City of Houston.

Bahia Grande Coastal Corridor (BGCC) (Implementation)

County: Cameron

Funding Awarded:
$4,378,500

Project Description:
Three properties totaling approximately 1,998 acres were purchased by The Nature Conservancy (TNC). Two of the properties (1,820 acres) were purchased with RESTORE funds. An additional 178-acre tract was purchased with RESTORE funds as well as private funds from the Knobloch Foundation. The added properties will be a corridor of conservation lands that include the Laguna Atascosa and Lower Rio Grande Valley National Wildlife Refuge. These properties are expected to ultimately be held by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and become part of the Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge.