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EPA Grant Will Help Coastal Bend Bays & Estuaries Program Restore Texas Coastal Habitats

Contact Information: 
Jennah Durant or Joe Hubbard (R6Press@epa.gov)
214 665-2200

DALLAS – (Dec. 8, 2016) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Gulf of Mexico Program recently announced that the Coastal Bend Bays & Estuaries Program received a $235,901 cooperative agreement to restore fresh water flow to Goose Lake, enhancing marsh habitats near Corpus Christi, Texas.  

The project will restore circulation and hydrology within Goose Lake by designing and installing new culverts to replace old, blocked ones, allowing much-needed freshwater to flow into the lake and enhancing important marsh habitat within the Nueces Delta Preserve. This project comprises part of the state and federal plan to protect and restore this area, which is designated as an estuary of national significance. The project will restore hydrology and enhance147 acres of coastal habitats that include tidal flats, intertidal and high salt marsh, and open water lagoons.

"Coastal Bend Bays & Estuaries Program is excited to partner with EPA’s Gulf of Mexico Program on this needed restoration project. As the current stewards of the preserve, it is the program’s desire to try and restore natural function to impacted areas of the Nueces River Delta," said Jake Herring, Director of Land Conservation for the program. "The idea of restoring the habitats that have been impacted have been made a reality with the funding that has been provided by the grant.”

“We’re pleased to be partnering with the Coastal Bend Bays & Estuaries Program to protect and improve water quality and bird habitat at Goose Lake,” said Ben Scaggs, Director, EPA-Gulf of Mexico Program.

This cooperative agreement will further the strategic goals and objectives of Gulf of Mexico Program and lead to a healthy and prosperous ecosystem.

Learn more about the EPA Gulf of Mexico Program: https://www.epa.gov/gulfofmexico

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