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NOAA CRP RESTORATION PROJECTS
YEAR 2009 - CRP Project #8006 (Gulf of Mexico)

Project #8006
West Galveston Bay Estuarine Restoration Project

Galveston, Texas

Project name:   West Galveston Bay Estuarine Restoration Project  
Project number:   8006  
Project status:   In Progress  
Grant Administrator:   Gulf of Mexico Foundation (for NOAA)  
Grantee:   Terramar Beach Community Improvement Association  
Project location:   Galveston, Texas  
Grant period:   Jan 1 - Dec 31, 2020  
Grant amount:   $50,000  
Land Ownership:   Public  
Lat/Long:   N29 07’ W95 04’  
Types of Habitat:   Marsh, seagrass bed  
Project leader:   Patricia Kirk, Project Manager
Terramar Beach Community Improvement Association
RR 4, Box 185X39
Galveston, TX 77554
www.terramarbeach.com
 

Engineering blueprint - click to enlarge
Engineering blueprint for restoration design at Terramar

Species Benefiting From Restoration:
   • Brown Shrimp (Farfantepenaeus aztecus)
   • Pink Shrimp (F. duroraum)
   • White Shrimp (Litopenaeus setiferus)
   • Black Drum (Pogonias cromis)
   • Southern Flounder (Paralichthys lethostigma)
   • Sheepshead (Archosargus probatocephalus)
   • Eastern Oysters (Crassostrea virginica)
   • Blue Crab (Callinectes sapidus)
   • Red Drum (Sciaenops occellatus)
   • Spotted Sea Trout (Cynoscion nebulous)
   • Mullet (Mugil sp.)
   • Atlantic croaker (Micropogonias undulatus)

Acres of Habitat To be Restored:
The project will create/restore approximately 2 acres of wetland.

Project Summary:
This project will restore critical habitat in West Galveston Bay that is essential for fisheries utilization. It will create/restore approximately two acres of wetlands and protect an additional two acres of existing fringe marsh located on the shoreline. This area of the Bay has lost approximately 60 acres of seagrass area and salt marsh between 1956 and 1995 and recent hurricanes have only increased the erosion rates. Native vegetation will be planted by volunteers from the community upon completion. This should result in a benefit to the local resources and their populations.Engineering Blueprint for Restoration Design at Terramar.

Project Objectives:
Project objectives include the establishment of two new acres of wetlands, as well as the protection of existing wetlands, thus doubling the current size of this intertidal marsh area. 70% coverage of vegetation is also an expected objective which is necessary in protection from erosion and in creating an area for spawning, foraging, and nesting for indigenous species of wildlife. This should also improve the water quality in the immediate area and increase the fishing and birding populations. Finally, educating the community on the importance of this type of project is crucial in future projects to protect and enhance our coastal areas. Signage will be placed on site for education purposes (after completion). The County eventually plans to open this Park to the public as a nature reserve.

On-The-Ground Activities:
Create a “barrier” on the northwest corner of the Park using construction techniques, including a temporary marsh protection terrace, to protect a two acre marsh pad that will be placed and shaped according to final design using the material from the Terramar Beach channel. Silt fences to minimize water turbidity and signage for boater safety will also be employed.

Community Involvement:
The community has also been involved in fundraising activities to try to complete the project. Other volunteers from neighboring subdivision, the Artist Boat, and Galveston County middle school children have been asked to volunteer for the initial planting of spartina and for any additional planting that may be needed to achieve our goal of 70% coverage of seagrass. Many volunteers (150 – 250) are expected to participate in some portion of this project. Most of this participation will be hands on involvement in planting the smooth cordgrass which fosters a sense of environmental stewardship.

PROJECT PHOTOS
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Volunteers at Terramar Beach Community plant marsh grass - Click image to enlarge
Volunteers at Terramar Beach Community plant marsh grass along the shoreline of West Galveston Bay, Texas.

Cross-sections - click to enlarge
Channel and marsh pad cross-sections

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PROJECT PARTNERS

Terramar Beach Community Improvement Association
Terramar Beach Community Improvement Association

NOAA Restoration Center

Gulf of Mexico Foundation

US Fish and Wildlife

Gahagen, Bryan, and Associates

Galveston County

West Galveston Island Property Owner’s Association

Texas A&M; University-Galveston

American Shoreline and Beach Preservation Association

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