Ducks Unlimited (DU) recently received $125,000 from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) managed Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund to coordinate a restoration project for part of the Galveston Bay system.
The Greens Lake Marsh Restoration Project will seek to remedy harm to natural resources resulting from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, as mandated by the agreement governing the Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund.
The NFWF grant and matching partner contributions will fund survey and initial engineering design for improving the Greens Lake Marsh.
Ultimately, restoration strategies will likely include shoreline protection along four miles of the GIWW, a low-water weir to reduce tidal exchange through the mouth of Greens Lake to historic conditions, and beneficial use of dredged material from GIWW maintenance activities to raise and restore interior marsh elevations.
Implementation of the full restoration components may cost upwards of $10 million and take 3-5 years to plan and implement.