The Galveston Bay Foundation plans to acquire 4,650 acres of wetlands on a Chocolate Bay property that spans the Galveston-Brazoria County line, marking the single largest conservation project for the foundation to date, made possible by a $10.5 million federal grant.

The award — $10 million to acquire the property and $500,000 for habitat restoration and transactional expenses — comes from the Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund, which is administered by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. The fund was created to remedy harm and reduce the risk of future harm to natural resources affected by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, the largest marine oil spill in history, caused by an explosion on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico.

Kathryn Eastburn: 409-683-5257; kathryn.eastburn@galvnews.com.

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Bailey Jones

This is great news.

Lalise Mason

TERRIFIC!!!

Elaine McGough

This is excellent news for the future of the bay!

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