San Jacinto Marsh Restoration
Along the banks of the Houston Ship Channel stands the San Jacinto monument, a 567-foot limestone obelisk topped with a 220-ton star. The structure marks the spot of the decisive battle for Texas independence in 1836. Since 1994, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) has been working to restore the San Jacinto battleground to its original appearance. The project is designed to give visitors a more accurate picture of the landscape that existed at the time and a better appreciation of how those conditions impacted the battle.
Enterprise is pleased to be supporting this initiative by providing more than 450,000 cubic yards of dredging material from the company’s Morgan’s Point ethane export terminal which went into service in 2016. The fill material was used to raise a 100-acre area of the battleground that had subsided over the years. Restoration efforts have allowed the reestablishment of native grasses that were once characteristic of the marsh, which will increase the habitat for birds, small mammals and several marine species. The project will also facilitate the creation of a pedestrian trail. Another benefit of restoring the marsh is protection of the site against storm surges such as those caused by Hurricane Ike in 2008.
In commenting on the public/private partnership, TPWD State Parks Director Brent Leisure said, “It’s a great example of how industry can continue to operate in the area while helping to restore and maintain the natural and cultural heritage of the San Jacinto Battleground.