Gulf Guardian Award Winners 2006
Partnership Category - 2nd Place
The Freshwater Tidal Marsh Project at Mason Park is a created freshwater/tidal marsh that provides habitat for native plants, wildlife and fish, while functioning as a pilot demonstration project to treat storm water emanating from an urban residential community. The project began in 2001, when the Texas Coastal Watershed Program of the Texas Cooperative Extension/Texas Sea Grant received funding from the Galveston Bay Estuary Program to initiate a pilot storm water management project. The marsh is located in the Coastal Zone adjacent to the tidal portion of Brays Bayou which is currently listed with many 303(d) listed impairments. This storm water wetland is being used to treat these impairments, capture sediments, and provide important native habitats for fish and wildlife. In addition to the water quality and habitat benefits the project has created, it has also provided a public use and an educational opportunity for Houston’s underserved Eastside community. There are 14 separate agencies and organizations that contributed to this highly successful Partnership Award winner.