Every Drop Counts: Coastal Fisheries Restoration Team – Texas Parks and Wildlife [Official]

Every Drop Counts: Coastal Fisheries Restoration Team – Texas Parks and Wildlife [Official]


The official name of this team is the Coastal
Fisheries Restoration Team. [Bill Rodney, Natural Resource Specialist,
Coastal Fisheries Management Team] You got it right. It’s pretty nebulous.
None of us actually, I think, knew we were on the team. But it kind of makes sense because
we all do aquatic habitat restoration. [Rebecca Hensley]
And it’s not just all about restoration on the ground. It’s acquisition. It’s preservation
of habitats and lands. It’s planning and strategies for the future. [Paul Silva, Natural Resource Specialist,
TPWD Ecosystem Resources Program] Currently, because of human development, and
sea level rise and subsidence in the coastal area, it’s having a huge impact on the natural
resources. [Cherie O’Brien, Coastal Ecologist, TPWD
Ecosystem Resources Program] Marsh loss in this area is huge. You know,
it’s over 35,000 acres. Just in the Galveston Bay complex alone. You know, our projects
are a drop in the bucket. [Cherie O’Brien]
Everything’s really starting to spread, too. Getting rhizomes shooting out. Looks
real healthy. [Cherie O’Brien]
Cherie O’Brien, FX 3A9531 And it really is just a drop in the bucket.
But, every drop counts. [music] [birds chirping] [ocean waves] [Jackie Robinson, Coastal Ecologist, TPWD
Ecosystem Resources Program] When we’re working on a project, a project
may take several years to develop and to implement. [Bryan Legare, Natural Resource Specialist,
Coastal Fisheries Management Team] We’re finding that there is a lot of support
for restoration efforts all up and down the Texas Coast. And this will make it easier
in the future to go after funding. And funding sources are also pushing for more restoration
efforts as they see that this is vital to ecological success. [Jan Culbertson, Natural Resource Specialist,
TPWD Ecosystem Resources Program] But then we also have opportunities within
our community. The one I’m working with in Dickinson is a watershed partnership. [Jan Culbertson]
And that there was a wedge that where sediment had accumulated in the channel. Okay, so let’s
remove the sediment, use it in a beneficial use method, and create habitat. That accomplishes
a water quality goal. That accomplishes a habitat in fisheries goal. [Jan Culbertson]
The main thing is, it benefits the whole community. [Mike Morgan, Coastal Ecologist, TPWD Ecosystem
Resources Program] The habitat conservation projects I work on
involve the placement of legal protection through conservation easements, which provides
perpetual protection for wetlands and stream habitats. [motorboat engine] [Alex Nunez, Regional Response Coordinator,
TPWD Ecosystem Resources Program] Unfortunately, fish kill events do occur.
When that happens, we identified the responsible party. And then seek compensation for those
resources that were impacted. Those moneys we receive are then funneled into many of
these restoration projects. [music] [Nathan Kuhn, Ecosystem Resources Team Leader,
TPWD Ecosystem Resources Program] In these groups, you know, they’ve all come
to the table and they’ve been willing to be reasonable and compromise when necessary.
And who like each other now, at least if they didn’t to begin with (laughs). [Mike Morgan]
So, this is an example of a coastal habitat restoration project where three years ago,
this area was almost all open water. [Jackie Robinson]
Conductivity, 117.7 [Leslie Koza, Ecosystem Resources Team Leader,
TPWD Ecosystem Resources Program] I think everyone on our team is so dedicated
and so passionate about their work that it shows. They’ll do what it takes to get projects
done and they take pride in a sense of ownership. [Cherie O’Brien]
I do think every job counts, so that’s why I continue to do it. Cause these projects
don’t come easy. They are hard. And they’re a lot of work. A lot of stress. A lot of sleepless
nights. But it is for this end goal and I think we do a good job at that and that’s
why we are successful with our projects.

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