County Judge C.H. “Burt” Mills announced recently the county has been awarded $985,005 in federal funds from the Coastal Impact Assistance Program (CIAP) funds. Those monies will be used for the Cedar Bayou/Vincent Slough Restoration project.
In regard to the CIAP funds, Mills said they have been waiting for word about the funds for a long time, and the news is welcomed. “We will put them to good use,” the judge noted.
He pointed out the funds are actually two grants combined into one, and all the monies will be used toward dredging Cedar Bayou and Vinson Slough, a project expected to cost $6.5 million, or more.
At this time, there is about $1.5 million collected for that project, Mills said. Fund raising efforts continue with the goal to begin dredging on or about April 15, 2013. The judge explained that is when the whooping cranes are gone.