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Hydrologic Restoration of the Salt Bayou Watershed

Implementing Organization

Jefferson County, Texas

Overview

DWH Project Funding

$4,500,000

Known Leveraged Funding

$0

Funding Organization

National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF)

Funding Program

NFWF Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund (GEBF)

Details

Project Category

Environmental

Project Actions

Engineering and/or Construction

Targeted Resources

Wetlands/Marshes/Estuaries

Project Description

Build two fresh water siphons that will restore freshwater flow to 18,000 acres of wetlands within the Salt Bayou Watershed, the largest contiguous estuarine marsh complex in Texas. The siphons will reconnect freshwater flows from north of the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway to the fragile coastal wetlands to the south. This fresh water will flush saltwater out of the wetlands and prevent erosion and conversion of marsh to open water.

Contact

Patrick Swain
409-835-8500
pswain@co.jefferson.tx.us
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Project Partners

Ducks Unlimited, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Texas General Land Office, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Texas Water Development Board, United States Army Corps of Engineers, United States Fish and Wildlife Service, Lamar University

Affiliated Institutions

Acres restored = acres with restored freshwater inflows

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