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NOAA CRP RESTORATION PROJECTS
YEAR 2008 - CRP Project #7002 (Gulf of Mexico)

Project #7002
TM Pass Project

Matagorda Island, Texas

Mullet Pass - click to enlarge
Mullet Pass - triple culvert

Project name:   TM Pass Project  
Project number:   7002  
Project status:   Complete  
Grant Administrator:   Gulf of Mexico Foundation (for NOAA)  
Grantee:   Friends of Aransas and Matagorda Island National Wildlife Refuge (FAMI)  
Project location:   Matagorda Island, Calhoun County, Texas  
Grant period:   Jan 1 - Dec 31, 2020  
Grant amount:   $45,000  
Land Ownership:   Public land owned and operated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Matagorda Island National Wildlife Refuge part of the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge Complex  
Lat/Long:   Mullet Pass: 28.1323 N 096.7980W,
Triple Culvert: 28.167 N 96.783 W.
 
Types of Habitat:   Salt marsh composed of smooth cordgrass (Spartina alterniflora), saltmarsh bulrush (Scirpus maritimus) and open water on a barrier island.  
Project leader: Darrin Welchert
Wildlife Biologist
P.O. Box 74, Austwell, TX 77950
4172 Commanders Drive, Mobile, AL 36615
Friends of Aransas NWR website

Species Benefiting From Restoration:
   Red drum (Sciaenops ocellata)
   Black drum (Pogonias cromis)
   Spotted seatrout (Cynoscion nebulosus)
   Mullet (Mugil species)
   Stone crab (Menippe adina)
   Blue crab (Callinectes sapidus)
   Mud fiddler crab (Uca rapax)
   Brown shrimp (Penaeus aztecus)
   Grass shrimp (Palaemonetes spp.)
   Bottlenosed dolphin (Tursiops truncatus)
   Sea turtles

Acres of Habitat To be Restored:
189.1 acres total, comprised of approximately 75.6 acres open water, and 113.4 salt marsh

Project Summary:
The objective of the project is to increase and enhance water flow to 189.11 acres of highly productive feeding and nursery habitat for NOAA trust resources including fish, shrimp, and mollusks along with aquatic vegetation. Restoration will greatly benefit migratory birds included the federally listed whooping crane (Grus americana) and piping plover (Charadrius melodus). In addition, the project will provide a participative learning experience in biological science for local high school students. Teachers/students from Tivoli High School guided by the Refuge biological staff and environmental education staff learn about wetlands and estuarine ecology collect scientific data and prepare an evaluation report of project results.

Project Objectives:

  • Provide all of the materials and services required to restore and protect tidal water to TM.
  • Provide an interactive learning experience for local high school students in biological science. The teacher and students from Tivoli High School, guided by the refuge biologist, will collect scientific data and prepare an evaluation report of project results.
  • Further goals of the Coastal Bend Bays Plan developed by the Coastal Bend Bays & Estuaries Program (CBBEP), Texas Wetland Conservation Plan by Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, and the North American Wetland Conservation Act.

Community Involvement:
The Tivoli High School teachers and students will make at least two site visits (one before and one after project completion) and spend one day analyzing data. The students will monitor physical changes in water chemistry and vegetation coverage that occur over time as a result of project efforts. As part of their contribution, the students will compile and evaluate monitoring results and a written report on their findings will be prepared with help from the refuge biologist.

PROJECT PHOTOS
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Project site location map - click to enlarge
Project site location map

Triple culvert - click to enlarge
Triple culvert

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PROJECT PARTNERS

NOAA Restoration Center

Gulf of Mexico Foundation

Friends of Aransas and Matagorda Island National Wildlife Refuge (FAMI)

Coastal Bend Bays & Estuaries Program

Tivoli High School

Coastal Alabama Clean Water Partnership

Aransas National Wildlife Refuge

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