The Southwestern Division’s Environmental Program restores, protects and manages the native habitats of our lands and water by conducting studies, limiting encroachments, reducing erosion, improving water quality and managing invasive species, threatened and endangered species and cultural resources. It encompasses over a million acres and more than 1,000 miles of shoreline. It also includes the restoration of riverine and coastal wetlands across the region. This vital program Corps’ Environmental Operating Principles guide the planning and implementation of all Civil Works projects to ensure sustainability, consequences, balance, accountability, and public interaction.
Interesting SWD Facts
- SWD Ecosystem Restoration and Stewardship efforts support over 17 endangered species
- More than 2,800 acres of marsh habitat is being restored as part of the deepening of the Houston Ship Channel.
- Dallas Floodway Extension, Dallas TX project improves 271 acres of habitat, including 123 acres of emergent wetlands
- The Corps and the San Antonio River Authority are restoring the Mission Reach of the San Antonio River by restoring eight acres of bottomland hardwoods, and 320 acres of riparian woodland along an eight mile reach of the previously channelized San Antonio River