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CCA Texas and BCT to Invest $895,000 Toward Habitat in 2018

Partnership with Several Conservation Groups will Benefit over $3.6 Million in Coastal Habitat

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HOUSTON, Texas – (Thursday, March 15, 2018) – Coastal Conservation Association Texas (CCA Texas) and Building Conservation Trust (BCT), the national habitat program of CCA, have committed to an investment of $895,000 toward marine habitat work along the Texas coast. Through several dedicated partnerships, this will equate to more than $3.6 million in coastal habitat. Click here to view a graphic of all of the projects.

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CCA Texas and BCT To Invest $530,000 Towards Habitat in 2017

Partnership with Several Conservation Groups will Benefit over $4 Million in Coastal Habitat

HOUSTON, Texas – (Tuesday, February 28, 2017) – Coastal Conservation Association Texas (CCA Texas) and Building Conservation Trust (BCT), the national habitat program of CCA, have committed to an investment of $530,000 towards marine habitat work along the Texas coast. Through several dedicated partnerships, this will equate to $4.28 million in coastal habitat.

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$1 Million Artificial Reef to Enhance Texas Coastal Marine Habitat

“Keeping it Wild” reef near Port O’Connor to be largest in Texas waters

Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation (TPWF) and Coastal Conservation Association Texas are partnering with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department to create the largest artificial reef ever placed in Texas waters. The 381-acre reef will be positioned six miles offshore from the Port O’Connor jetties and Matagorda Island. Continue Reading

CCA Texas Participates in Smooth Cordgrass Seed Harvesting for Dickinson Bayou Wetlands Restoration Project

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) Dickinson Bayou Wetlands Restoration Project will utilize a previously proven technology and conservation approach to maximize the restoration of up to 10 acres of intertidal marsh complex habitat and enhancement and protection for up to 17.7 acres of existing intertidal emergent marsh. This technology and conservation approach has been extensively used for restoring wetlands and enhancing fish and wildlife habitats during the widening and deepening of the Houston Ship Channel.

This project includes constructing approximately 2,405 linear feet of earthen containment berms and 1,818 linear feet of rock armored earthen berms to protect the 27.7 acre restoration site. Approximately 28,521 cubic yards of clay material will be used to construct three containment areas, and approximately 6,545 tons of limestone rock will be placed on the outer slopes of these earthen containment berms. Intertidal marsh complex will be created inside these containment units by mechanically or hydraulically dredging approximately 81,735 cubic yards of material from the shallow water areas within the main channel, designated as the project’s borrow site. These sediments will be placed at specific elevations to create intertidal and high level marsh habitat.

“Without this project,” said Jan Culbertson, Coastal Ecologist for TPWD Coastal Fisheries, “the existing marsh would be lost through conversion to open water habitat in the next 25 years.” Continue Reading

TPWD Corpus Christi Nearshore Reefing Site Undergoes Beginning Stages

The latest CCA Texas Habitat Today for Fish Tomorrow (HTFT) project is the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s (TPWD) Corpus Christi Nearshore Reefing site. The project involves pyramids that are being deployed in Corpus Christi. They are currently staged, and once the first load of concrete materials are deployed, the pyramids – which CCA Texas helped pay for – will go out next. There are 470 pyramids, and these will be deployed offshore in a TPWD permitted reefing site. Continue Reading

University Begins Eight-Acre Oyster Reef Restoration, Funded in Part by CCA Texas

$75,000 contribution from CCA Texas
makes an impact on the project’s initial phase

Corpus Christi, Texas – The Department of Life Sciences at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi and the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies began the restoration of eight-acres of oyster reef, in two different locations, on Wednesday, Aug 28, 2013.

The project is coordinated by Dr. Jennifer Pollack, Assistant Professor of Marine Biology and Gail Sutton, Assistant Director of the Harte Research Institute as part of the “Sink Your Shucks” initiative.

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TPWD Gives Funding Boost to Cedar Bayou

TPWD gives funding boost to Cedar Bayou project

Department’s $250,000 commitment, coupled with $100,000 from CCA National habitat program, brings restoration project closer to reality

AUSTIN, TX – Ongoing funding efforts to restore Cedar Bayou have received a significant boost with a $250,000 commitment from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) and a $100,000 contribution from the Building Conservation Trust, CCA’s national habitat program. The funding will go to support the work being done by Aransas County, Coastal Conservation Association Texas and other partners to open the pass between Matagorda and San Jose Islands. Continue Reading

Cedar Bayou Project Receives Additional $1.7M

UPDATE: Aransas County Secured Additional $1,750,000 for Cedar Bayou. Brings total amount raised to $3,255,000

CCA Texas Habitat Funding Reaches New Milestone

Marine conservation group provides $400,000 for upper coastal marsh restoration projects

Houston, Texas – The Coastal Conservation Association Texas recently announced $400,000 in habitat project funding.  In cooperation with Ducks Unlimited, CCA Texas will fund $200,000 of marsh shoreline revitalization along the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway (GIWW) near Sargent, Texas.  Additionally, in cooperation with Galveston Bay Foundation, CCA Texas will provide an additional $200,000 of funding for shoreline protection and marsh restoration efforts along the Oyster Lake shoreline of West Galveston Bay.

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Babes on the Bay Donate to Cedar Bayou Project

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. Continue Reading

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