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Mad Island Marsh Preserve Shoreline Protection and Coastal Ecosystem Restoration Phase I

Implementing Organization

The Nature Conservancy


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National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF)

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NFWF Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund GEBF


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Project Description

Planning and engineering project is the first phase of an effort to protect over 6,000 acres of critically important coastal prairie and marsh ecosystem. The ultimate goal of the project is to install a 2.3 mile nearshore breakwater to stem the persistent erosion and habitat loss at the Nature Conservancy's Mad Island Marsh Preserve along the mid coast of Texas in Matagorda Bay. Slowing the shoreline loss at the mouth of the Mad Island Lake Bayou is critical to maintaining the salinity gradient of this estuarine system.


Julie Sullivan
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Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD), Texas Sea Grant

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