The next phase of the restoration of the Bahia Grande will be moving forward, thanks to a more than $5.5 million grant – money from the environmental settlement of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill into the Gulf of Mexico.
The $5.6 million will help restore the Bahia Grande wetlands and help protect bird nesting sites. Specifically, the money will be used to restore tidal flows into the Bahia Grande. Those flows have been cut off during decades of road construction and ditching, resulting in the degradation of the 6,500-acre system and damaging dust storms in and around Port Isabel.
The funds are coming from the Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund which was created to remedy the damage done by the massive Gulf oil spill in 2010.