Coastal Program Highlights
Habitat restoration is protecting families and businesses along the coast of Texas
Gulf of Mexico, Texas | 2015
The Texas Gulf Coast is home to communities and important oil and gas, military, and manufacturing infrastructure. It is also a popular destination for vacationers, birders, anglers, and hunters. Increasingly, hurricanes and floods threaten these communities, businesses, and recreation. Hurricane Harvey was one of the most damaging hurricanes in history – flooding large areas in Texas and impacting the production of over 640 million gallons of gasoline and other fuels.
Communities have been taking action to protect their families and livelihood. The Coastal Program and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department restored a marsh on McFaddin National Wildlife Refuge that protects homes and businesses adjacent to the refuge. Community and business leaders have attributed the reduce flooding of subsequent hurricanes to the restored marsh. The marsh is also important habitat for birds, fish, and shellfish.
“The only thing that stood between the destruction of our refining capacity and Hurricane Ike was that marsh. It saved the county.”
— Jeff Branick, Jefferson County Judge
Cover Photo: Refinery and ship, USFWS
Inset Photo: Refinery panorama, USFWS