WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Filemon Vela (D-TX) announced that the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council (RESTORE Council) has awarded over $29 million in funding for restoration activities to restore and protect the natural resources, ecosystems, fisheries, marine and wildlife habitats, beaches, coastal wetlands, and economy of the Texas Gulf Coast.  The RESTORE Council has approved Funded Priorities List (FBL) 3b which include four projects in Texas’ 34th District. 

Awarded projects include:

  • Wind-Tidal Flat Restoration Pilot - $321,000
  • Shoreline Protection Through Living Shorelines - $1,286,250
  • Texas Land Acquisition Program for Coastal Conservation - $24.3M
  • Texas Coastal Water Quality Program - $3,262,500

“These federal funds will build on efforts to restore and protect areas on the Texas Gulf Coast,” said Congressman Vela.  “I am pleased that the RESTORE Council has worked with local stakeholders to determine which projects will benefit the ecosystem, address water quality issues and help in the restoration of the Texas Gulf Coast.”