Texas restoration plan outlines 13 projects

Oysters, wetlands and coastal habitats will benefit from a restoration plan released by the Texas Trustee Implementation Group.

Designed to address natural resource injuries resulting from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010, the 2017 restoration plan/environmental assessment has selected 13 projects estimated to cost US$45.76 million.

The projects include an oyster restoration engineering project in the Galveston Bay area; three habitat engineering projects in the Galveston Bay area; five habitat construction projects in the Galveston Bay, Sabine Lake and Corpus Christi Bay areas; and four habitat acquisition projects in the Galveston Bay, Matagorda Bay and Lower Laguna Madre areas.

The group considered more than 800 project ideas and re-evaluated the projects after Hurricane Harvey but, “determined that environmental conditions did not change sufficiently to warrant a change”.

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