This sounds like an excellent use of stimulus funds:
When Hurricane Ike slammed into Galveston on Sept. 13 last year, the storm buried nearly 8,000 acres of oyster reefs in sediment from the Bolivar Peninsula, state wildlife officials said. Half of the oyster habitat was wiped out, destroying the livelihood of more than 100 fishing operations.
Lance Robinson, regional director for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, said the state had begun to restore the reefs on the east side of the bay, where 80 percent were destroyed. State workers distributed more than 18,000 tons of river rock over 20 acres of water.
“This is to give oyster larvae, called spat, a chance to adhere to the rock and keep the life cycle going,” said Jennie Rohrer, an oyster restoration biologist for the state.
Sammy Ray, oyster pathologist and professor emeritus at Texas A&M University at Galveston, said that if the larvae did not have a clean, hard surface to attach to, they would sink to the bottom and die.
That is why the state also plans to start dredging in the spring to uncover the layer of shells beneath the sediment, which are needed for the oysters to reproduce, Mr. Robinson said. About $1.3 million has been allocated for this project, he said.
I have not been following the stimulus spending, other than to laugh at every right-winger yelling about porkulus and chanting 800 billion dollars, when a sizable portion of those funds were tax cuts. Who knew Republicans hated tax cuts so much? But isn’t this the sort of thing that stimulus funds should spent on? Aggressively pursuing projects that will in the short term create jobs but also ensure that more long-term jobs are saved?