Dredging of Rockport area bayou to begin in April

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Posted on February 27, 2014 at 1:32 PM

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) — An official says that dredging will begin in April on a bayou north of Rockport that was silted in years ago.

Aransas County Judge Burt Mills tells the Corpus Christi Caller-Times (http://bit.ly/1ftsean ) the dredging of Cedar Bayou is set to begin April 15. The Aransas County Commissioners Court adopted the project in 2009.

The pass north of Rockport that once separated San Jose and Matagorda islands silted in years ago, cutting off the Aransas Bay system's connection to the Gulf of Mexico.

The dredging project, expected to cost $9.4 million, will provide flow to nearby Vinson Slough on the backside of San Jose Island.

The reopening is expected to improve water quality and allow easier access for many marine species that depend on the Gulf for spawning.

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Information from: Corpus Christi Caller-Times, http://www.caller.com

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