Bucket 1 - 2019

Lower San Bernard River Ecosystem Restoration Project

County: Brazoria

Funding Awarded:
$10,766,000

Project Description:
This is an ecosystem restoration project which will restore the historical flow of the
San Bernard River to the Gulf of Mexico. The proposed project is to open the mouth of the San
Bernard River via dredging the currently silted in channel and river outlet to the Gulf to
reestablish normal river flow. The mouth of the San Bernard is currently silted shut which is
effecting the lower San Bernard River’s ecosystem by impeding normal drainage flow, water
quality, sediment transfer rate, and aquatic ecosystem. The closure is also leading to a
degradation of the fresh and saltwater marsh system in the region to include areas within the
USFWS San Bernard National Wildlife Refuge and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s
Justin Hurst Wildlife Management Area. Extensive hydrodynamic modeling of the river and the
offshore area in the vicinity of the old river opening have been completed. Preliminary
Engineering of the new channel and a project opinion of cost is also complete. Permitting with
USACE and the Texas General Land Office is also underway and is expected to be complete
within the next 6-9 months. The San Bernard Wildlife Refuge has agreed to take all of the
dredge material generated from this project to be used beneficially for marsh creation, the
restoration of critical piping plover habitat and to counter the effects of regional subsidence.
The opening of the river provides numerous second and third order economic benefits to the
state and the nation. During high water events with the river mouth closed, the river water
backs up the river and into the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway (GIWW). This creates a flooding
hazard for the citizens who live along the river and an unnatural current along the GIWW. The
current impedes the ability of barges to safely navigate this portion of the GIWW. This
unnatural current also causes more sediment to move along the GIWW causing increased
siltation in the vicinity of the US Army Corps of Engineers Brazos River Flood Gates Project and
in the deep draft channel at Port Freeport. This increased sediment costs USACE, the federal
government, the port and private industry millions of dollars in unnecessary dredging costs
each year. Restoring the flow to the San Bernard River provides a multitude of benefits for
threatened and endangered species habitat, essential fish habitat, as well as improving the
overall environmental and economic health of the Texas coastal estuary system.

Bucket 2 - 2016

Texas Beneficial Use/Marsh Restoration

County: Galveston, Jefferson, Orange

Funding Awarded:
$948,000

Project Description:
The State of Texas Beneficial Use of Dredged Material (BUDM), Project Design Fund Phase I project is located in Orange, Jefferson and Galveston Counties Texas. It will facilitate BUDM through careful site selection, survey data collection, preparation of engineering and design plans, environmental compliance and permitting. The primary goal is to create shovel-ready restoration sites that, when fully implemented, will transform areas that have subsided into open waters back to tidally influenced coastal wetlands.

Matagorda Bay System Priority Landscape Conservation

County: Brazoria, Matagorda

Funding Awarded:
$6,012,000

Project Description:
Matagorda Bay System Priority Landscape Conservation Project aims to conserve strategic lands adjacent to the Matagorda Bay/San Antonio Bay complex to help ensure long-term native diversity, productivity and resiliency of the entire bay estuary complex. In this activity, the State of Texas is expected to acquire approximately 6,500 plus acres of high quality coastal habitats including emergent marshes, tidal flats, lagoons and coastal prairie with several miles of frontage on the Matagorda Bay system.

Bayou Greenways

County: Harris

Funding Awarded:
$7,109,000

Project Description:
The Houston Parks Board, subrecipient for the project, aims to purchase 80 to 100 acres of land in Clear Creek Greenway, and transfer to the City of Houston, as part of the larger Bayou Greenways initiative to acquire and preserve nearly 4,000 acres of riparian buffer corridors along major waterways, (bayous and creeks) running predominately through Harris County and the City of Houston.

Bahia Grande Coastal Corridor (BGCC) (Implementation)

County: Cameron

Funding Awarded:
$4,378,500

Project Description:
Three properties totaling approximately 1,998 acres were purchased by The Nature Conservancy (TNC). Two of the properties (1,820 acres) were purchased with RESTORE funds. An additional 178-acre tract was purchased with RESTORE funds as well as private funds from the Knobloch Foundation. The added properties will be a corridor of conservation lands that include the Laguna Atascosa and Lower Rio Grande Valley National Wildlife Refuge. These properties are expected to ultimately be held by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and become part of the Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge.

Bucket 2 - 2018

Coastal Restoration Planning

County: Nueces

Funding Awarded:
$641,448

Project Description:
Perform various activities to ensure the broad base compilation of information to assist in prioritizing framework/focus areas, developing large-scale projects consistent with those priorities and creating a 10-year strategy. Collaboration, coordination and active public engagement are all essential elements to a successful process to determine the best utilization of RESTORE Bucket 2 funds. To coordinate and collaborate with Texas coastal experts, including Non-governmental entities (NGOs), elected officials, representatives for NRDA and NFWF, the four Gulf states, federal entities and the public to address the requirements of the RESTORE Act Council-Selected Restoration Component and the commitments of the Comprehensive Plan update in 2016. These coordination and collaboration activities will support the effort to determine the needs of the coastal area; identify project/proposals for the upcoming Funded Priority Lists (FPLs); and using the best available science to set up the foundation for successful long-term restoration projects.

Bucket 5 - 2016

Autonomous Underwater Vehicles for Subsea Energy Applications

County: Harris

Funding Awarded:
$100,000

Project Description:
The purpose of this project is to develop an AUV prototype that will be highly maneuverable in tight spaces, can hold station vertically, can perform docking, and will be capable of autonomous manipulation.

Marine Drilling Hazard Mitigation and Production Facility Monitoring using Seismic Sonar Imaging

County: Harris

Funding Awarded:
$109,869

Project Description:
The purpose of this project is to develop a proof-of-concept monitoring system for the early detection and assessment of drilling or production problems.

Environmental, Human Health, and Safety

County: Nueces

Funding Awarded:
$474,040

Project Description:
The Environment, Human Health & Safety Program will create an infrastructure to support disaster research response encompassing both environmental, human health and economic assessment capabilities that can be employed rapidly to assess the impact of disasters along the Texas Gulf coast in real-time.

Strategic Research and Action Plan

County: Nueces

Funding Awarded:
$139,041

Project Description:
The Strategic Research and Action Plan (SRAP) is a foundational element of establishing Texas OneGulf Center of Excellence as a unifying research entity for Texas and the Gulf of Mexico.

A Model-Based Real-Time Annular HOP Monitoring System

County: Harris

Funding Awarded:
$175,130

Project Description:
This proposal is a collaboration between the SSI, the University Of Houston, and Rice University focusing on real-time health and risk assessment (collectively called monitoring) of annular blowout preventers (BOPs).

Remote High Power for Subsea Emergencies

County: Harris

Funding Awarded:
$300,000

Project Description:
Develop a combination of two new technologies using batteries and high power supereapacitors. The batteries provide the trickle charge to the high power supercapacitors which provide the necessary power to activate the blind shear ram.

Bucket 5 - 2017

Hazard Mitigation and Facility Monitoring Program: Fiber-Optic Seismic Systems

County: Harris

Funding Awarded:
$298,001

Project Description:
The purpose of this project is too utilize the result of the Phase 1 work and further the fiber-optics Distributed Acoustic Sensing (DAS) work within the Hazard Mitigation and Facility Monitoring Program by exploring the use of this fiber-optics system for monitoring fluid flow in pipes and detect seismic waves from active and passive marine sources.

Stress Wave Assisted Communications in Subsea Environments

County: Harris

Funding Awarded:
$300,000

Project Description:
The purpose of this project is to develop a novel stress waved based communication method for subsea applications.

Bucket 5 - 2018

Remote Robotics for Unmanned Human Environments

County: Harris

Funding Awarded:
$823,000

Project Description:
The purpose of this project is to increase the ability of robotic assets to manage the physical operations and necessary tasks on oil production platforms. The specific technical objective is to advance the autonomous skills of NASAs dexterous robots with capabilities to perform identified remote tasks.

Stakeholder Communication and Engagement Plan

County: Nueces

Funding Awarded:
$94,759

Project Description:
The purpose of this project is to develop a communication and engagement plan to help Texas OneGulf interact effectively with Gulf of Mexico policy- and decision-makers, as well as other stakeholder groups.

Bucket 5 - 2019

Flexible Low-Temperature Lithium Ion Batteris for Subsea Applications

County: Harris

Funding Awarded:
$39,997

Project Description:
The purpose of this project is to design and fabricate polymer-based flexible and safe lithium ion batteries able to operate under subsea conditions.

Harmful Algal Bloom Monitoring and Assessment Plan for Texas Estuaries

County: Nueces

Funding Awarded:
$217,501

Project Description:
This project is for a harmful algal bloom (HAB) monitoring and assessment plan for Texas estuaries.

Hurricane Harvey Decision-Support - Resilient Environments and Communities

County: Nueces

Funding Awarded:
$470,265

Project Description:
The purpose of this project is to develop both an understanding of how environmental, human an public health, economic assessment interrelate in a disaster context, and how TONE can be better leveraged to activate a Research Response Plan in the future, to collect and provide critical information to decision-makers.

SmartTouch: Towards Autonomous Subsea Robotics for Underwater Pipeline Inspection

County: Harris

Funding Awarded:
$40,000

Project Description:
Autonomous Subsea Robotics for Underwater Pipeline Inspection project. This project will develop transformative robotic and SmartTouch sensing technology, that will lead to a time efficient and cost-effective system for underwater pipeline inspection.