TX - Congressman Vela: $150K for City of South Padre Island
Texas Congressman, Filemon Vela, has announced that the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have awarded $150,000 to the City of South Padre Island as part of the National Coastal Resilience Fund (NCRF).
These were the only funds awarded in the state of Texas. The funds will support the City of South Padre Island’s Feasibility Study and Design of the Laguna Madre Living Shoreline project.
This program will create a bayside living shoreline using an innovative design approach that will encourage ecological diversity and deliver community protection against environmental stressors.
Also, it will help in the development of intertidal berms to establish pocketed wetlands that aid in the absorption of heavy metals, decreased wave energy, coastal erosion, storm surge buffer, and habitat restoration.
“South Padre Island and the Laguna Madre serve as the first line of defense that protects our region from severe weather from the Gulf of Mexico,” said Congressman Filemon Vela.