The Mitsui & Co. Environment Fund

Introduction to Grant Projects

Galveston Bay Foundation (US NGO) (recommended by overseas office)

Restoring the wetlands of Burnet Bay

Activity grant

Project Description

Burnet Bay, in the Galveston area near Houston, Texas, has seen the ground sink noticeably in coastline areas as the result of factors such as water intake for industry, and important wetlands that maintain various ecosystems are disappearing as a result. This project aims to raise the level of some of the wetland beds in the bay and restore them by planting wetland vegetation. Intercontinental Terminals Company (ITC), a fully-owned Mitsui & Co. subsidiary that operates a chemical tank terminal in the region has agreed to this activity and will supply volunteers, including employees and employees of Mitsui & Co. (U.S.A.) to help with the planting once construction to raise the sea bed is completed. The region has low water levels and a solid floor and is ideal for wetland restoration. The floor will be raised to a level that allows the cultivation of vegetation, which in turn will preserve fish habitats, improve water quality and preserve the coastline, enabling the restoration of wetland functions. This project has raised a great deal of interest amongst people in the region and in addition to the benefits to local ecosystems and communities, it will also serve as a model for larger-scale wetland restoration in industrial areas.

Preservation of surface soil and forestsPreservation of biodiversity and ecosystem
Grant year
FY2007 Activity Grants
Grant term
3 years
July 2007 - June 2010
Grant amount
43,920,000 yen
Activity region
Texas, USA
Following the raising of the wetland bed level, employees from ITC and Mitsui & Co. (U.S.A) and their families plant vegetation in Burnet Bay, Texas

Overview of the Organization

Bob Stokes, President
Bob Stokes, President
Establishment purpose
The foundation's mission is to protect, preserve and improve the natural resources of the Galveston Bay area for the people who use them and their descendants. It works to ensure the beauty and productivity of the bay across generations through advocacy, conservation, education and research.
Main areas of activity
Texas, USA
8 full-time staff members, 2 part-time staff members, and 1,786 full members
Annual operating budget
147 million yen in 2005, 81 million yen in 2006, and 25 million yen in 2007
WEB site
Recent activities
A succesful example of the foundation's efforts to restore wetlands is the work it has been doing to restore Pierce Marsh. This project involved using silt dredged up from nearby areas to restore around 420 acres of wetland, and the planting of vegetation by volunteer groups is underway. Other examples include a five-acre bird island and wetlands complex in Dickinson Bay, the restoration of breakwaters and wetlands on the East Bay shoreline, the restoration of breakwaters and wetlands in the Sweetwater Nature Preserve, and the creation of 16 acres of wetlands in the residential area of Omega Bay. The foundation also carries out annual Marsh Mania events involving planting by volunteers in 34 locations. It is also indirectly involved in habitat restoration projects that remove harmful species and marine waste.