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Project #4007
Long Lake Marsh Restoration
Quarterly Reports

First Quarterly Progress Report: (Jan, Feb, March 2005)
by project leader Darrin Welchert, May 23, 2021

  • Completed and submitted permits on Aug 31, 2005.
  • Received an approved Army Corps of Engineers 404 Permit, Permit No. D-16495, after April 19, 2005.
  • Received an approved Intra-Service Section 7 Biological Consultation, 2-11-05-I-0235, after April 29, 2005.
  • Made several site visits to assess site conditions and to install water temperature data loggers. Refuge biological staff and a FAMI member installed data loggers on March 29, 2005.
  • Minor levee work will be completed in the next few weeks so materials and equipment can be hauled to the site using trailer. No turn-around space exists and the levee is not wide enough in some spaces to safely haul materials to the site to begin construction.
  • Culverts and bulkhead construction will be completed in the following months by using an existing construction plan developed by Testenger Engineering for the Brundrett Lake Project. Fish and Wildlife Service and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reviewed and approved this plan, as well as identified and approved construction materials within the construction plan and blue prints.
  • Austwell/ Tivoli ISD High School science class came out to Matagorda Island on April 20, 2021 before site construction. Two teachers and nine students gathered physical data on the following parameters: air temperature, wind speed, water temperature, conductivity, salinity, and water flow. They used cast nests and seines to gather faunal composition and to calculate a sequential comparison index.

Second Quarterly Progress Report: (April, May, June 2005)
by project leader Darrin Welchert, July 27, 2021

  • US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) improved various portions of a 1.5 mile section of road going to the site, so now materials can be brought to the site. Sections of the road were previously inadequate to haul materials to the site or to turn around. The road is now approximately 85-90 percent complete and is expected to be finished by early August.
  • We put together a list of materials to implement the project. The list includes sheet piling, culverts, cement, wood and hardware. We inventoried materials that the USFWS has on-hand and compiled a list of materials that need to be ordered.
  • We contacted two contractors for bids to work on the project: Lester Contracting, Inc. of Port Lavaca, Texas, and Shirley & Sons Construction Company, Inc. of Cleveland, Texas. FAMI has received the bid from Lester Contracting and anticipates receiving the bid for Shirley & Sons on Aug 3. The project will be awarded to a contractor by Aug 8 and construction should be completed by Sept 15.
  • We made a second site visit to collect biological data before construction with the help of the USFWS Aransas National Wildlife Refuge biological staff and Youth Conservation Corp (YCC). The YCC are a group of 5 Austwell/Tivoli High School students who are employed during the summer to help with public use and maintenance and to learn about conservation issues.
  • We conducted a survey on June 23 and collected data on the following parameters: air temperature, wind speed, water temperature, conductivity, and salinity. We used seines to gather faunal composition and to calculate a sequential comparison index.

Third Quarterly Progress Report: (July, Aug, Sept 2005)
by project leader Darrin Welchert, Oct 21, 2021

  • We took the contractor to the site to check on site conditions on Aug 23. On Sept 7, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) barged the contractor to the project site.
  • Tides were high during the month of September, causing more water to flow into both Big Brundrett and Long Lakes. This increase water levels slowed construction, making it hard for temporary dams to hold out water while the culverts were replaced.
  • Contractors and equipment were evacuated from Matagorda Island on Sept 21 because of Hurricane Rita and were not mobilized back to the island until Sept 28.
  • We completed work on the structure on Oct 13, installing a total of three 36-inch diameter culverts. Texas Parks and Wildlife and Gulf of Mexico Foundation purchased two culverts. USFWS, Aransas National Wildlife Refuge and the USFWS Coastal Program paid for the third culvert.
  • We made two site visits to collect biological data, one prior to culvert replacement on Aug 4 with one member of the Aransas NWRís Youth Conservation Corp and the refugeís biological staff. We made the second after the culverts were replaced on Oct 14 with 13 students and 1 teacher from the Tivoli ISD.
  • Factors that we monitored included: dissolved oxygen, salinity, conductivity, water temperature, discharge, and species presence using both seine and cast nets.

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