Texas Beneficial Use/Marsh Restoration (Planning)
DWH Project Funding
Known Leveraged Funding
Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council
The RESTORE Act Funds Bucket 2: Comprehensive Plan
The Beneficial Use/Marsh Restoration project is located in Jefferson and Galveston Counties Texas. It will facilitate beneficial use of dredged materials (BUDM) through careful site selection, survey data collection, preparation of engineering and design plans, environmental compliance and permitting. The primary goal is to create shovel-ready restoration sites that, when fully implemented, will transform areas that have subsided into open waters back to tidally influenced coastal wetlands. This method has proven to be a highly effective in restoring and creating habitat for fish and wildlife, improving water quality and enhancing natural storm buffers. The funding will provide for advance planning for three proposed projects: (1) Marsh Restoration in the Nelda Stark Unit of Texas Parks and Wildlife Department's (TPWD’s) Lower Neches WMA within the Sabine Lake-Neches River Watershed; (2) Marsh Restoration in the Salt Bayou Unit of the J.D. Murphree WMA in the Salt Bayou Watershed; and (3) Marsh Restoration in Pierce Marsh on West Bay in the Galveston Bay Estuary. Texas has a history of successful BUDM projects with cooperative agreements among state and federal natural resource agencies and the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) in place through the Texas Coastal Management Program (CMP). The project proponent will coordinate with USACE and private dredging operations to identify potential source materials and timelines for placement of dredge material.