Texas Trustees Approve $39 Million, 13 Project Restoration Plan

Credit: Woody Woodrow/USFWS

The Texas Trustee Implementation Group has approved its Final Restoration Plan/Environmental Assessment #2 (PDF, 394 pages). The projects in this plan compensate for the injury to natural resources caused by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. 

The 13 projects, with an estimated cost of $39 million, are intended to restore and conserve wetlands, coastal and nearshore habitat; water quality (through nutrient reduction); sea turtles; oysters; and birds injured as a result of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.  

  • Wetlands, Coastal, and Nearshore Habitat 
    • Bird Island Cove Habitat Restoration Construction 
    • Bahia Grande Channel F Hydrologic Restoration 
    • Follets Island Habitat Acquisition Phase 2 
    • Galveston Island Habitat Acquisition  
  • Nutrient Reduction 
    • Petronila Creek Constructed Wetlands Planning 
    • Petronila Creek Watershed Nutrient Reduction Initiative  
  • Oysters  
    • Landscape Scale Oyster Restoration in Galveston Bay 
  • Sea Turtles 
    • Upper Texas Coast Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Facility 
    • Reducing Sea Turtle Mortality through Removal of Illegal Fishing Gear 
  • Birds 
    • Laguna Vista Rookery Island Habitat Protection 
    • Jones Bay Oystercatcher Habitat Restoration 
    • San Antonio Bay Bird Island 
    • Texas Breeding Shorebird and Seabird Stewardship 

The restoration plan is consistent with the Trustees’ 2016 Programmatic Restoration Plan. The Texas Trustee Implementation Group released the draft plan on February 25, 2022, and received more than 200 comments during the public comment period. The Trustees also conducted a virtual public meeting attended by 32 people and received public comments during that meeting. The Texas Trustee Implementation Group considered the public comments and incorporated applicable revisions to the restoration plan and environmental assessment. 

Hard copies of the Final Restoration Plan/Environmental Assessment can also be viewed at the following locations: 

  • Port Arthur Public Library 

    4615 9th Ave. 

    Port Arthur, TX 77642  


  • Jack K. Williams Library  

    Texas A&M University at Galveston 

    200 Seawolf Parkway Building #3010 

    Galveston, TX 77554 


  • Mary and Jeff Bell Library 

    Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi 

    6300 Ocean Drive  

    Corpus Christi, TX 78412