Calhoun County Marine Agent Receives Funds for Watershed Education

January 25, 2023

RJ Shelly and his Co-investigators received Over $25 thousand from the Matagorda Bay Mitigation Trust for public education

Port O’Connor, Texas — Texas Sea Grant Calhoun County Marine Extension Agent RJ Shelly and his co-principal investigators Emilee DeForest and Hailey Hayes, of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, received $25,811 from the Matagorda Bay Mitigation Trust for public education. This is a cooperative project between Texas Sea Grant, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and Texas 4-H in Calhoun County.

The team will use the funds for watershed and waterbody educational programs related to the Lavaca, Matagorda and San Antonio Bay watersheds and ecosystems. Teachers in the area will be offered a free teacher professional development program to learn how to use the watershed education equipment, which they can bring into their classrooms for no cost.

The project will bring hands-on-learning to students to help them understand the relationship between the bay and the surrounding watershed. Shelly says he hopes the project helps students appreciate what is in their own backyard.

The public education fund is one of 15 projects totaling $5.8 million that the Matagorda Bay Mitigation Trust will fund this year. The trust invests in environmental restoration of the Matagorda and San Antonio Bay systems.

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