CCA Texas Babes on the Bay Tournament Supports Cedar Bayou Project
Renown ladies tournament donates $20,000 to iconic effort
Aransas County, Texas – The Coastal Conservation Association Texas recently announced an additional $20,000 to open Aransas County’s Cedar Bayou and Vincent Slough. After decades of negative impacts from siltation and low water flows, an estimated $6.5M effort will be required to open the vital connection from Mesquite and Aransas Bays to the Gulf of Mexico. Previously, CCA Texas pledged $500,000 for the important effort.
“Thanks to the hard work of Karol Scardino and the Aransas Bay Chapter, we are able to add another $20,000 to opening Cedar Bayou and Vincent Slough,” said Robby Byers, CCA Texas executive director. “We are making progress in obtaining the necessary dollars and now more than ever, every dollar counts.”
Cedar Bayou is a natural pass that separates St. Joseph’s Island from Matagorda Island. Dredging efforts date back to the 1930s, but partial efforts, siltation and misplacement of spoil materials have eventually led to the pass and adjacent Vincent Slough being sealed.
“We feel this is an important project,” said Karol Scardino CCA Texas Babes on the Bay Tournament Director. “We are excited to be able to raise and donate these funds to this great effort.”
Although the pass has been dredged numerous times through history, this is the largest and most comprehensive effort slated to date.
“It is truly remarkable to see the outpouring of support for opening this iconic pass,” said Mark Ray, CCA Texas Chairman. “The Babes on the Bay Tournament has just pushed us that much closer to meeting the goal and opening Cedar Bayou and Vincent Slough.”