The next phases of the restoration of the Bahia Grande wetlands will be moving forward, thanks to a more than $5.5 million grant – money that’s coming from the environmental settlement of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill into the Gulf of Mexico.
The $5.6 million will fund a project to re-establish natural 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 as well as damaging dust storms in and around Port Isabel. The grant money will also be used to build breakwaters to protect bird nesting sites.
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.