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Habitat Restoration Efforts Advance in Iconic Dollar Bay

By February 11, 2021 April 7th, 2021 News

Photo courtesy of Galveston Bay Foundation

Conservation groups partner with local, state and federal government to restore vital estuary and recreational fishing grounds.

In an effort to revitalize 73 acres of valuable wetlands, a jointly funded conservation effort has begun in Upper Galveston Bay. Within Moses Lake and Dollar Bay, breakwater structures will be created to protect 47 marsh grass terraces that serves as the base of a new intertidal marsh area. These structures create vibrant habitat for all parts of the marine ecosystem and provide protection from the harmful impacts of coastal erosion.

“This project speaks to the power of partnership in restoring and enhancing our shared coastal bays and estuaries,” said Pat Murray, president of Coastal Conservation Association. “We are excited to be a part of this initiative and look forward to watching this important marsh area flourish again.”

“We are working together to restore marsh in an area that was historically marsh, but became open water because of subsidence and erosion,” said Bob Stokes, president of Galveston Bay Foundation. “Fundamentally, more habitat creates more fish. And we are proud to work with such great partners on the effort.”

The transformative effort is being funded by Galveston Bay Foundation, CCA Texas, Building Conservation Trust, Shell, Ducks Unlimited, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and NOAA.

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