Project name: Tiki Island Maintenance Dredge & Beneficial Use Project
Project number: 9001
Project status: In Progress
Grant administrator: Gulf of Mexico Foundation (for NOAA)
Grantee: Tiki Island, Texas
Project location: Galveston Bay Estuary
Grant period: Jan 1 - Dec 31, 2020
Grant amount: $50,000
Land ownership: Public Waters
Lat/Long: 29.293051˚N, -94.917606˚W (NAD83)
Types of habitat: marshland, wetland
Project leader: Cynthia Celli, Grant Coordinator
Village of Tiki Island
802 Tiki Drive
Tiki Island, TX 77554
Species Benefiting From Restoration:
• Brown Shrimp (Panaeus aztecus)
• White Shrimp (Panaeus setiferus)
• Blue Crab (Callinectes sapidus)
• Redfish (Sciaenops ocellatus)
• Southern Flounder (Paralichthys lethostigma)
• Piping Plovers
• Brown Pelicans
Acres of Habitat To be Restored: Approximately 8 acres of Marshland to be restored.
An all volunteer, community based project team is working to develop and implement a long term strategy for building, protecting and restoring surrounding marshlands / wetlands by recycling uncontaminated canal dredge materials removed from residential boating canals and access channels within the Village of Tiki Island. Current Restoration plans call for utilizing approximately 70K cubic yards of dredge materials, installing approximately 506 linear feet of breakwater, and fill approximately 8 acres of non-vegetated shallow open water habitat for the development of a Beneficial Use (BU) material placement site, while restoring navigability to the existing canal systems within the Village of Tiki Island. Stabilizing our estuarine ecosystems, restoring elevations necessary for intertidal marsh, and the creation of new wave barriers are essential preservation activities for protecting our coastlines and marine sanctuaries.
Using uncontaminated, recycled, dredge materials obtained from boating canals within the Village of Tiki Island approximately 8 acres of submerged public waterways will be elevated and restored. Approximately 1.36 acres of natural, armored, earthen berms will be created using non-vegetated bay bottom materials borrowed from within the site. Subsequently, smooth cordgrass (Spartina alterniflora) will be planted to mimic the established and functioning ecosystem providing expanded habitats and improved shoreline stabilization. In addition, the project would re-establish recreational navigability in the existing Tiki Island canal and access channel systems.
Numerous open meetings have been held over the past 2 years, and will continue to be held, to fully educate and engage our community in the canal maintenance and beneficial use project goals and objectives. Educating our community and highlighting the many benefits and need for incorporating and funding, effective, long term, environmental plans in Tiki Island canal strategies ensures support required to achieve longer term environmental goals. Tiki is well known for its generosity, extensive volunteer efforts and active, engaged City Council, Home Owners Associations, Garden Club, Beautification and Recycle Committee members. Members from each of these organizations, and from the community at large, are actively working on the project today, and have pledged their commitment to ensuring the success of the project. In addition to Tiki resident support, Galveston Bay Foundation has committed assistance with Marshmania, and Cedar Bayou Educational Foundation has pledged support with Spartina alterniflora assistance.