Barrier Island Restoration

Barrier islands in Texas are the first line of defense against coastal storms, and the sheltered bays and estuaries located behind them harbor a seafood industry that generates $846 million in sales and supports over 14,000 jobs. However, dense coastal development and rising sea levels have caused significant coastal erosion and wetland loss on many Texas barrier islands, degrading the important functions they perform.

The Texas Coastal Management Program partnered with other federal, state, and local agencies to leverage funding for habitat restoration projects at South Padre Island and Goose Island Marsh. South Padre Island organized a volunteer program that helped stabilize six acres of the island’s dunes, and Goose Island’s restoration project constructed a 4,400-foot-long offshore rock breakwater to stabilize the southern shoreline, transplanted cordgrasses, and built a boardwalk to provide public access to the restored marsh. (2016)

Partners: Coastal Bend Bays and Estuaries Program, NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service, Texas Coastal Management Program, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Gulf of Mexico Program, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service