BROWNSVILLE – The Nature Conservancy (TNC) has purchased 1,800 acres on the north side of the Bahia Grande wetland between Brownsville and the Laguna Madre.
This completes the acquisition for the wetland, said Boyd Bilhovde, manager of the Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge, which acquired 21,700 acres of the Bahia Grande in 2000.
The Bahia Grande was a thriving wetland home to a number of species of fish and wildlife until the tidal flow between it and the Laguna Madre was cut off, starting in the 1930s with construction of the Brownsville Ship Channel and continuing in the 1950s when SH 100 was built.
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