LOOK WHAT GBRT HAS DONE SO FAR!
- Hold conservation easements on approximately 10,000 acres of land that preserves wildlife corridors, native grasses, river and stream frontages, ranches and farms.
- Received a donation of a 265 acre wetland mitigation property in Caldwell County, known as the Plum Creek Wetlands Preserve.
- Purchased 817 acres in the Guadalupe River Delta to preserve Schwing and Hog Bayous, wetland habitat, and create a corridor of protected lands. Partnerships included the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) grant through the Coastal Wetlands Planning, Union Carbide Corporation, a fully-owned subsidiary of The Dow Chemical Company, and Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority (GBRA).
- Completed a water supply canal for the Myrtle-Foester Whitmire Unit of the USFWS Aransas National Wildlife Refuge. The canal delivers freshwater to approximately 750 acres of wetland impoundments for waterfowl and wildlife ranging from the mottled duck, redhead duck, to the canvasback duck.
- Worked to establish a real-time water quality monitoring network throughout the Guadalupe River watershed. A monitoring station provides real-time data for dissolved oxygen, temperature, pH, specific conductance, turbidity, and flow. Partnered with Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, U.S. Geological Survey, GBRA and other partners.
- Established a partnership with the City of Martindale to preserve public park land on the San Marcos River.
- Completed conservation easements in Blanco, Calhoun, Comal, DeWitt, Goliad, Guadalupe, Hays, Kendall, Refugio, Wilson and Victoria counties.
- Received grants from:
- Texas Parks and Wildlife, Texas Farm and Ranch Lands Conservation Program
- United States Fish and Wildlife Service
- Natural Resources Conservation Service, Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP)
- Coastal Wetlands Planning, Protection and Restoration Act
- the Formosa Plastics Environmental Endowment Fund Trust
- the North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA)
- the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
- Alcoa Corporation contributes equivalent of $150,000 to $200,000 for the Whitmire Project by agreeing to move 75,000 to 100,000 cu yards (@ $1.95/cu yard) of soil to Whitmire Unit for the construction of the new canal.
- And others
- Received a grant from the USFWS to control invasive aquatic species and to remove a sandbar at the mouth of the old Guadalupe River channel in the delta.
- Signed an MOU between the Upper Guadalupe River Authority, Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority and the Guadalupe-Blanco River Trust to make the Trust the official land trust of both agencies.
- Signed an MOU between the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge, Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority and the Guadalupe-Blanco River Trust for a joint project to help meet the long-term restoration and water needs of the Myrtle-Foester Whitmire Unit at the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge.