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Hydrologic Restoration of the Salt Bayou Watershed

Implementing Organization

Jefferson County


DWH Project Funding


Known Leveraged Funding


Funding Organization

National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF)

Funding Program

NFWF Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund GEBF


Project Category


Project Actions

Engineering and/or Construction

Targeted Resources


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.


Patrick Swain
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Project Partners

Ducks Unlimited, US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Texas General Land Office, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD), Texas Water Development Board, US Army Corps of Engineers, US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), Lamar University

Affiliated Institutions

Acres restored = acres with restored freshwater inflows

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