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NOAA CRP RESTORATION PROJECTS
YEAR 2002 - CRP Project #1001 (Gulf of Mexico)

Project #1001
Intertidal Marsh Restoration
at Armand Bayou Coastal Preserve

Houston/Pasadena, Texas

Volunteers plant California bulrush
Volunteers plant California bulrush at Armand Bayou Nature Preserve as part of a Gulf of Mexico Foundation/NOAA CRP project

Project name: #1001 Intertidal Marsh Restoration at Armand Bayou Coastal Preserve
Project status: Complete
Grant Administrator: Gulf of Mexico Foundation for NOAA)
Grantee: Texas Parks & Wildlife - Armand Bayou Coastal Preserve
Project location: Houston/Pasadena, Texas
Grant period: June 1, 2021 - May 31, 2021 (extended to Aug 31, 2021)
Grant amount: $10,800
Project leaders: Jaime Schubert and Mark Kramer
                         Texas Parks and Wildlife
                         2322 Space Park Dr., Suite B 180
                         Nassau Bay, TX 77058
                         (281) 534-0130 phone
                         (281) 335-4749 fax

Habitat: Intertidal, intermediate to brackish emergent marsh.

Species Benefiting From Restoration: Marine finfish (red drum, bay anchovy, menahaden and striped mullet) and shellfish (white shrimp and blue crab) species. Wading birds, shorebirds, waterfowl, raptors, reptiles (alligator) and mammals (river otter) also benefit.

Acreage Restored: Total amount of intertidal freshwater marsh planted for the project (using more than 450 volunteer hours) was 2.8 acres.

History: The Armand Bayou Coastal Preserve is one of four coastal preserves on the Texas coast managed by Texas Parks & Wildlife Department (TPWD). The Coastal Preserve and Nature Center are designated as a GEMS site under the Gulf of Mexico Program. The Coastal Preserve is an important nursery area for finfish and shellfish species in the Galveston Bay system and is a tidally influenced bayou within the Galveston Bay system. Approximately 90 percent of the wetlands formerly located in Armand Bayou have been lost. The primary cause for this loss is the land surface subsidence that occurred between the 1950s and early 1980s due to groundwater withdrawal for industrial and municipal water supplies.

Project Monitoring: The restoration sites were surveyed by Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) in October 2003, when all sites exhibited high plant survival and rigorous growth of a majority of the plant species. Only the spider lily and American swamp lily were not observed during this reconnaissance trip. Both of these species go dormant in the fall and regenerate in the spring from bulbs. Staff will continue to assess the growth of the various plant species planted in the restoration sites. Results will be used to plan and refine future marsh restoration efforts within the Armand Bayou Coastal Preserve and other freshwater intertidal areas of the Galveston Bay System.


BEFORE - Transplanted California bulrush at Site B on May 31, 2003.


AFTER - Transplanted California bulrush at Site B on October 15, 2003.

PROJECT PHOTOS
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SITE VISIT SLIDE SHOW

Staff and volunteers relocate plants - click to enlarge
Staff and volunteers from Armand Bayou Nature Center relocate plants from storage pond to grow-out ponds at Armand Bayou Nature Center. Kayaks used to get volunteers and plants to project site.

California bulrush - click to enlarge
California bulrush in grow-out ponds at Armand Bayou Nature Center.

Volunteers planting rice cutgrass - click to enlarge
Volunteers planting rice cutgrass on May 31, 2003.

Photos by project leader Jamie Schubert/Texas Parks & Wildlife

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PROJECT PARTNERS

NOAA Restoration Center

Gulf of Mexico Foundation

Armand Bayou Nature Center

Texas Parks & Wildlife

Gulf of Mexico Foundation - PMB 51, 5403 Everhart - Corpus Christi, TX 78411
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