Man-Made Wetlands Still Strong After Hurricane Claudette

August, 2003 – Although Hurricane Claudette made a powerful entrance into the Houston-Galveston area in mid-July, wetlands constructed in Galveston Bay during the past several years by the Port of Houston Authority (PHA), U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) and the Beneficial Uses Group (BUG) are unharmed.
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Goat Island Makes a Comeback

May 15, 2003 – The Port of Houston Authority (Port), the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) and the Beneficial Uses Group (BUG) are turning back time in Buffalo Bayou.
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Retorno de "Goat Island" (La Isla de Cabras)

15 de mayo de 2003 – La Autoridad de los Puertos de Houston (los Puertos), el Cuerpo de Ingenieros del Ejército de los Estados Unidos (el Cuerpo) y el Grupo de Usos Beneficiosos (siglas en inglés, BUG) están llevando a Buffalo Bayou nuevamente al pasado.
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American Wetlands Month Gives Houston Cause for Celebration

May 1, 2003 – Officially deemed “American Wetlands Month,” May is a time to focus nationally on conserving and preserving the coastal environment and wildlife.
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Mes de los Humedales es Causa de Celebración en Houston

1 de mayo de 2003 – El mes de mayo, que ha sido designado oficialmente como el “Mes de los Humedales de América”, es un tiempo ideal para que todo el país se enfoque en la conservación y preservación del ambiente y la fauna costeros.
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Life Returns to Redfish: A Promise Kept

March 29, 2003 - The grand re-opening of Galveston Bay’s Redfish Island was celebrated today in a special ceremony called “Life Returns to Redfish: A Promise Kept” at the Port of Houston Authority Cruise Terminal.
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La Vida Regresa a Redfish: Una Promesa Cumplida

29 de marzo de 2003 - Hoy fue celebrada la gran reapertura de la isla Redfish en la Bahía de Galveston con una ceremonia especial llamada “La Vida Regresa a Redfish: Una Promesa Cumplida” en la terminal de cruceros de la Autoridad del Puerto de Houston.
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Increased Business Flow Profits Houston Environment

December 12, 2002 - The Port of Houston Authority (PHA) knows how to make an impact.
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"Talk a Walk on the Wild Side" in Galveston Bay

October 1, 2002 - Galveston Bay's "living laboratory," a 220-acre man-made, inter-tidal salt marsh, is now more accessible to both humans and marine life, thanks to a newly built boardwalk and other enhancements to the marsh that provide better accessibility throughout the area.
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Redfish Island Resurrected After Decade

June 19, 2002 - Although Redfish Island vanished from Galveston Bay more than a decade ago, the island is reemerging.
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Pearland Fourth Grader Charts New Territory With Jose de Evia

November 29, 2001 - When the Port of Houston Authority and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers asked local elementary school students to name a newly created island in Galveston Bay, the last thing they expected was to get a history lesson from a 9-year-old.
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Sand Flat to Become Much Needed Resource in Galveston Bay

August 1, 2001 - The Port of Houston Authority, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Beneficial Uses Group (BUG), successfully completed marsh grass-planting efforts earlier this month on a sand flat resulting from recent dredging activities.
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Redfish Island. It's Back - Almost

February 28, 2001 - Redfish Island, once a popular boater destination, had submerged in recent years and there was a loud outcry for its restoration. The public's voice has been heard and the result is Redfish Island will be partially restored.
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New Galveston Bay Island Welcomes Flock to New Home

October 27, 2000 - A new island in Galveston Bay is attracting hundreds of native residents in search of the perfect nesting ground. However, this is not your typical real estate development -- this island is strictly for the birds.
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"Living Laboratory" in Galveston Bay Provides Answers to Environmental Questions

October 11, 2000 - Galveston Bay has a "living laboratory" - a source from which engineers and scientists are learning the best and most efficient ways to restore vital marshland to the area.
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Dredging Moves to Upper Galveston Bay: Watch for Buoys, Improvements

March 8, 2000 - Dredging will start this month in Upper Galveston Bay as the Houston Ship Channel Expansion Project moves between Morgan's Point and the Five-Mile Cut Channel.
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Pardon Our Dredging: Galveston Bay Marsh Creation Continues

February 7, 2000 - In March, contractors for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will start building a new marsh in Upper Galveston Bay.
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New Island Emerges In Galveston Bay, Interagency Beneficial Uses Group Recycles Dredge Material to Create Island for Bay's Birds

January 26, 2000 - A new island has emerged from the depths of Galveston Bay, and it's strictly for the birds. Even better, those birds - pelicans, terns, egrets and others - won't have to wait the eons it generally takes Mother Nature to finish creating a new landmass.
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A Living Laboratory

Galveston Bay houses a "living laboratory", thanks to the planning and efforts of the Beneficial Uses Group (BUG), the Port of Houston Authority and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
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Backgrounder: Restoring Galveston Bay's Wetlands

January 26, 2000 - In the largest project of its kind in the country, a coalition of local, state and federal government agencies is constructing 4,250 acres of new salt marsh in Galveston Bay.
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Beneficial Uses Group Members and Their Missions

The Beneficial Uses Group (BUG) is an interagency group responsible for developing an environmentally responsible utilization plan for materials dredged during the expansion of the Houston Ship Channel.
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History of the Beneficial Uses Group

Created in 1990, the Beneficial Uses Group (BUG) formed to find environmentally responsible ways to utilize the material dredged from the Houston Ship Channel during the expansion project.
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The Houston Ship Channel: A History

In 1837, the steamship Laura traveled from Galveston Bay up Buffalo Bayou to what is now Houston.
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Wetlands at Work

The Beneficial Uses Group (BUG), established in 1990, evaluates and plans the best ways to use materials dredged during the expansion of the Houston Ship Channel.
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Wetlands Fact Sheet

• What are wetlands or marshes?
Wetlands, or marshes, are areas where a significant amount of water saturation in the soil determines how the soil will develop and what it will support.
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