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Synopsis of 1st Place Gulf Guardian Awards

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Project #: HAB 2000-23
Company: Galveston Bay Foundation and the Marsh Bash Steering Committee
Webster TX
Project Name: Marsh Bash
Category: Civic/Nonprofit Organization
Project Type: Habitat

Marsh Bash 1999, which was held on August 28, 1999, was a record-breaking, community-based restoration event held at eight different locations within the Galveston Bay system. A total of 1,500 volunteers participated in this innovative event and planted 14.5 acres of habitat in 2.5 hours. Marsh Bash was a true cooperative effort among diverse sectors of the Bay community, including business, industry, government agencies, non-profit organizations, civic groups, schools, and citizens. Marsh Bash was initiated not only to create valuable habitat, but also to provide an educational opportunity for citizens to learn about the importance of wetlands for wildlife, fisheries, erosion control, and the reduction of nonpoint source pollution.

Marsh Bash 1999 was begun with the purpose of involving citizens in the restoration of wetland habitat, during a weekend event, at multiple locations around Galveston Bay. The concept gained momentum when Tampa BayWatch challenged GBF to top their record of restoring more than 10 acres of wetland habitat in one weekend with 325 volunteers.

Last Updated: 18 April 2000

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