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NOAA CRP RESTORATION PROJECTS
YEAR 2004 - CRP Project #3008 (Gulf of Mexico)

Project #3008
Big Devil Bayou Culvert Repair

Austwell, Texas

Culvert Before
BEFORE Restoration: Culvert at Big Devil Bayou

Culvert After
AFTER Restoration: Culvert at Big Devil Bayou

Project name: #3008 - Big Devil Bayou Culvert Repair
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: 0281214.19 N, 0965530.48 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
                          (361) 286-3559
                          (361) 286-3722

Species To Benefit From Restoration:
  • 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.

Project Description:
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.

Project Goals:

  • 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
  • Provide a positive educational experience involving coastal natural resources to seventh tenth grade students, using a hands-on approach
  • Educate students in the importance of conservation of natural resources along the Texas coast.

PROJECT PHOTOS
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Project location map
Project location map

Student field trip - click to enlarge
High school biology class visited the project in spring 2004 to receive hands-on environmental education.
PHOTO: Ebony Summers

Baby flounder
Student holds a baby flounder during the class field trip to Big Devil Bayou.
PHOTO: Ebony Summers

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PROJECT PARTNERS

NOAA Restoration Center

Gulf of Mexico Foundation

Tivoli Independent School District

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Coastal Programs

Aransas National Wildlife Refuge

Friends of Aransas National Wildlife Refuge

Tivoli Independent School District & other local volunteers

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