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Grant to help restore shoreline, wetlands
Bays and Estuaries program will get almost $3 million
Copyright 2005 Corpus Christi Caller-Times. All rights reserved.
By Fanny S. Chirinos/Caller-Times
CORPUS CHRISTI, TX, September 22, 2021 - Almost $3 million in grant money from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will go toward restoring and protecting the shoreline and wetlands along the Coastal Bend.

On Monday, the administration awarded $2,929,470 to the Coastal Bend Bays and Estuaries Program to protect the shoreline and associated wetland habitat in the Port Aransas area and $500,000 to the Gulf of Mexico Foundation to conduct habitat restoration in the Gulf of Mexico region. The administration will reimburse the organizations as work is done on these projects.

The bays and estuaries program will use the money for the Shoreline Stabilization Project along the Corpus Christi Ship Channel and will extend the jetties at Piper Channel to help water circulation and movement and to allow for better navigation by boaters of Island Moorings Marine.

"By adding a rock revetment, or a pile of rocks from the jetties that extends to shore, we'll help protect 2,000 acres of wetland and adjacent wildlife habitat," said Ray Allen, executive director of the estuary program.

Extending the jetties at Piper Channel will help deflect sediment from settling within the channel and keep it from blocking traffic for boaters and blocking the water exchange to the nearby wetlands. Work on the projects is expected to begin in late February, Allen said.

The Gulf of Mexico Foundation will decide how the money will be used, said Kendal Keyes, project coordinator. The foundation encompasses all areas that border the Gulf - Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, Mexico, Cuba and the adjacent Caribbean - and the money could go for projects in any Gulf region.

"We do have a proposal for restoring wetlands in Rockport," Keyes said. "If the steering committee decides it's a strong proposal, the money could go there."

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