Texas Trustees, U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI)
DWH Project Funding
Known Leveraged Funding
Funding Source: BP
Controlling Document: NRDA Consent Decree and Programmatic Damage Assessment and Restoration Plan (PDARP)
Year Awarded: 2015
The goal of this project is to increase the numbers of nesting colonial waterbirds by restoring and protecting rookery islands in Galveston and East Matagorda Bays. The design for the restoration and protection of the rookery islands will take into consideration methods to protect the islands from land loss associated with erosion and relative sea level rise. Restoration activities at each rookery island will increase the amount of available nesting habitat by expanding the size of the island and enhancing habitat quality by establishing native vegetation. Habitat longevity will be increased by increasing the size of the island, establishing vegetation, and constructing protective features such as breakwaters or levees. The Texas Rookery Islands project will benefit various colonial waterbirds.