Of the $50 Million settlement from the Clean Water Act lawsuit:
Seven-hundred fifty (750) thousand dollars went to the Port Lavaca YMCA to fund camps for children and teenagers in the area, which will be focused on education about how to be a good steward of the local ecosystems and will teach outdoor education and recreation activities.
Beach erosion and pollution of the Bay Systems and their shores has limited recreational opportunity to children of Calhoun County. The purpose of this mitigation project is environmental education, specifically to give local children the opportunity to learn about and enjoy the local ecosystem.
Free transportation will be offered to the camps, and children who meet federal low-income standards will be given a scholarship to attend and will be provided free meals and snacks. Funding may also be spent for housing for summer staff to conduct camps and to train staff on the ecology of the Bay Systems. Funding may also be used for the purchase of equipment for the camps.
The seven-hundred fifty (750) thousand dollars for environmental education and recreation summer camps will be paid as follows:
- $100,000 in 2020
- $125,000 in 2021
- $150,000 in 2022
- $150,000 in 2023 and
- $225,000 in 2024