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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

$400,000 Habitat Donation

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. Continue Reading

Cedar Bayou Gets a Funding Boost

CORPUS CHRISTI — The pass that historically divided San Jose Island from Matagorda Island north of Rockport remains blocked with silt and sand, but the cash for dredging the fabled Cedar Bayou is starting to flow nicely.

This week, Aransas County announced the receipt of $958,005 in oil and gas royalties from the Coastal Impact Assistance Program, a federal grant program for the conservation, protection and preservation of coastal areas. The program is administered, in part, through the Texas General Land Office. Continue Reading

Progress Continues on Cedar Bayou Project

Progress continues on Cedar Bayou project

County approves engineering work, maintenance fund for restoration of pass  

Work continues on the restoration of Cedar Bayou as a series of recent significant steps clears the way for sand to fly at the earliest possible moment. Aransas County has approved funding to complete final engineering and surveys for initial restoration of the pass and has also announced that it will annually allocate at least $50,000 to a Cedar Bayou Maintenance Fund, a critical component to keeping the pass open in the future. Continue Reading

Vancover Reef Expansion Splashes Down

Vancouver Reef Expansion Splashes Down

CCA Texas partners with state to add 250 tons of materials to reef of Freeport

Texas anglers now have more fishing room at Vancouver Reef after more than 250 tons of concrete and granite reefing material were added to the popular fishing site this week through a cooperative effort of CCA Texas and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD). The addition of the material marks the single largest addition to the reef since the original Liberty ship was sunk at the site off Freeport in 1976.

“This project is a win-win situation for anglers and for the resource. Creating reef habitat is not just about building biomass, it is also about creating a destination for recreational anglers to access the resource,” said John Blaha, director of CCA Texas’s Habitat Today for Fish Tomorrow (HTFT) program. “We learned a great deal during this project and will be looking to use that experience to build more habitat and create better angling opportunities for the future.”

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CCA Texas and Coastal Bend Bays & Estuaries Program Host Volunteer Marsh Grass Planting Day

CCA Texas and Coastal Bend Bays & Estuaries Program Host Volunteer Marsh Grass Planting Day

“Protecting and restoring fish habitat is critically important”

Between 70 and 80 volunteers showed up on Saturday, December 4, 2010 to take part in a volunteer marsh grass planting day at the Nueces Bay marsh restoration project located between Portland and Corpus Christi along U.S. Highway 181’s Portland Causeway.  This project, led by Coastal Bend Bays & Estuaries Program (CBBEP), will eventually restore approximately 160 acres of lost marsh.  CCA Texas’s habitat initiative, Habitat Today for Fish Tomorrow (HTFT), has contributed $24,000 to the project.  These funds include $10,000 raised by CCA Texas volunteers in the banquet fundraising process, $10,000 secured by HTFT from the FishAmerica Foundation and $4,000 secured by HTFT from West Marine. Continue Reading

HTFT Take Part in Nueces Bay Marsh Restoration

CCA Texas / HTFT contributed $24,000 to the Nueces Bay 160-acre marsh restoration project, led by Coastal Bend Bays and Estuaries Program (CBBEP).

This project is currently in the construction phase of work and will eventually restore approximately 160 acres of lost marsh along the Portland Causeway.  CCA Texas has contributed $10,000, and through the efforts of the HTFT initiative, has secured another $10,000 from the Fish America Foundation and $4,000 from West Marine’s Marine Conservation Grant program.   Continue Reading