Reconnecting the Bahia Grande
Restoration at Work in the Gulf of Mexico
This page was updated on July 28, 2020.
In the wake of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, Texas received more than $700 million in restoration funding as part of the RESTORE Act, which directs all fines and penalties resulting from the spill to affected Gulf states. Since its passage in 2012, The Nature Conservancy has analyzed dozens of Gulf Coast restoration plans and worked to ensure the work included in them has a positive and lasting impact on estuaries, watersheds, salt marshes, oyster reefs and barrier beaches—natural features that provide critical habitat to a range of species and help protect coastal communities in the face of rising sea levels and natural disasters.
Enter the Bahia Grande, a large wetland at the southernmost tip of Texas in the Rio Grande Valley. Part of the larger Laguna Madre region, Bahia Grande is one of the most biologically diverse areas in Texas—and one of its most imperiled.