Aransas County and the Coastal Conservation Association (CCA) have joined forces in a unique public-private partnership to Restore Cedar Bayou to its open condition. Here is our current status:
Coast & Harbor Engineering has completed the hydrology studies and engineering design, updated the site surveys, and prepared the construction plans and specifications. Aransas County has obtained the necessary regulatory permits from US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). The critical work is complete, and the project is scheduled to go out for bids in October 2013.
- Aransas County has committed more than $7 million to reopen Cedar Bayou and Vinson Slough, including nearly $5.3 million that it has been awarded in state and federal grants.
- CCA has committed nearly $800,000.00 to the project, from member donations, its national conservation fund, and from various charitable foundations.
- The Babes on the Bay all women’s fishing tournament, run by the Aransas Bay Chapter of CCA Texas, contributed $20,000 from the annual tournament’s funds to restore Cedar Bay.
- The County has committed $50,000.00 per year to monitor and maintain the pass.
How you can help restore Cedar Bayou
Support for the Restore Cedar Bayou project has grown to include community organizations, chambers of commerce, governmental entities and non-profit organizations.
You can sign up to support this important project to revitalize a portion of the Texas coast here.
The partnership to reopen Cedar Bayou, led by Aransas County, includes
- The Coastal Conservation Association
- Aransas National Wildlife Refuge
- Aransas and Calhoun Counties Coastal Conservation Association (CCA)
- City of Rockport
- The University of Texas Marine Science Institute in Port Aransas
- Texas A&M-Corpus Christi’s Harte Research Institute
- Rockport-Fulton Chamber of Commerce
- Texas Ducks Unlimited
The effort also has support from the Texas General Land Office, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, the Coastal Bend Bays & Estuaries Program, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
“You have a national treasure out here and it needs to be restored back to the way mother nature had it.” – Col. Christopher W. Sallese, US Army Corps of Engineers