I was so excited to hear the news this week that the highly anticipated Port of Jefferson Riverfront Project had begun this week. The heavy equipment was delivered on Wednesday and work began in earnest on Thursday. Woo Hoo!
This project has been in the works for decades and is something that we have needed for generations. The Big Cypress Bayou area has been altered and degraded from hundreds of year’s of boats and man’s influence. Many of the native species of plants have died out and native animals no longer come to the shores of the water or are even in this area. This project will return this wetland back to it’s original state and re-introduce many of the trees, plants, animals, and fish that once populated this unique swampy area of Texas. The Army Corps of Engineer’s estimate the entire project to take anywhere from 18 months to 2 year to complete.
For more information about this project, please visit the project website at http://portjeffersonrestoration.com/.
Please enjoy this video of the first day’s work. The first work effort of the project is to move the current boat ramp (located at the Polk St bridge) down Austin Street right next to the Historic Jefferson Railway depot.
I hope you enjoy this update! I will be making more as the project moves forward and milestones are achieved.