The Conservation Fund
DWH Project Funding
Known Leveraged Funding
Funding Source: BP and Transocean
Controlling Document: Guilty Plea Agreement between BP and U.S. Department of Justice, Guilty Plea Agreement between Transocean and U.S. Department of Justice
Year Awarded: 2017
Acquire and convey to USFWS 1,540 acres of estuarine and freshwater wetlands and associated habitats within the
boundary of the Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge, of which NFWF will provide funding for 404 acres.
Acquisition of Holly Beach will preserve a top USFWS regional priority, a designation based on Holly Beach’s four miles of tidal frontage on Laguna Madre within Cameron County (TX), its high quality habitat for imperiled species, and its habitat linkage to secure a wildlife travel corridor within the Refuge. Resources harmed by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill which are specifically addressed by protection of Holly Beach include estuarine marsh, water quality, shallow aquatic habitats, emergent tidal marshes, migratory and shore birds, and a range of other coastal habitats and species.