Posted: Mar 29, 2013 3:47 PM by Caroline Flores - firstname.lastname@example.org
Updated: Mar 29, 2013 11:01 PM
CORPUS CHRISTI - You wouldn't think grass planted in water would be affected by the drought, but the lack of rain water is making it hard for one salt water marsh habitat to survive.
The man-made marsh habitat right outside of Portland has become the home to thousands of fish, shrimp, birds, and other marine life. But the drought is killing their home.
"Because of lack of rain and because of the drought the salinity levels, the salt levels, in the bay and in the water have been really high," said Daniel Lucio with the Coastal Bend Bays Foundation.
This is killing off the plants and causing volunteers to have to go back out and replant the marsh grass.
"So it's really important that we get out there. Not only that we keep an eye on the plants that we do put out there, but that we continue planting in places that it hasn't taken," said Lucio.
Saturday, a group of volunteers will go out to once again plant grass in four different areas of the bay. Without this new grass thousands of animals would loose their homes and nesting grounds.
After they plant the new batch of grass they will monitor the marsh and hope it grows, if not they will be forced to repeat the process again.
To learn more about the Coastal Bend Bays and Estuaries Marsh Restoration program visit their website - here.
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