Project name: #3008 - Big Devil Bayou Culvert Repair
Species To Benefit From Restoration:
Project status: Complete
Grant Administrator: Gulf of Mexico Foundation(for NOAA)
Grantee: Friends of Aransas National Wildlife Refuge
Project location: On eastern shore of St. Charles Bay within the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge, Austwell, Texas.
Grant period: Jan 1, 2021 - Aug 31, 2021
Grant amount: $11,150
Land Ownership: Aransas National Wildlife Refuge is publicly owned.
Lat/Long: 028°12’14.19” N, 096°55’30.48” W
Types of Habitat: brackish marsh and open water
Project leaders: Chad Stinson, Refuge Biologist
Erin Holmes, Project Coordinator
Friends of Aransas National Wildlife Refuge
PO Box 100
Austwell, TX 77950
- smooth cordgrass (Spartina alterniflora)
- saltmarsh bulrush (Scirpus maritimus)
- brown, pink and white shrimp
- black drum (Pogonias cromis)
- southern flounder (Paralichthys lethostigma)
- sheepshead (Archosargus probatocephalus)
- eastern oysters (Crassostrea virginica)
- blue crab (Callinectes sapidus)
- mullet (Mugil sp.)
- Atlantic croaker (Micropogonias undulatus)
- migrating waterfowl (geese, ducks)
- white and brown pelicans
- various shorebirds
Acres of Habitat To Be Restored:
Restore tidal flow to over 100 acres of brackish marsh that serves as productive
feeding and nursery habitat for numerous estuarine dependent fish and wildlife species.
The Big Devils Bayou Culvert Repair project is a
cooperative effort with multiple partners to restore
tidal flow to over 100 acres of brackish marsh that
serves as productive feeding and nursery habitat for
numerous estuarine dependent fish and wildlife species.
The existing culverts have collapsed causing a barrier
that prevents tidal flow from reaching crucial marshland.
The marshes and open water associated with the project
area are highly productive for living marine resources in
the Aransas Bay System. The project also has
environmental education components as well, reaching out
to students from the Tivoli High School to educate them
about the importance of coastal marsh environments.