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Much of the coastal marsh along the upper coast, from about Matagorda Bay to the Louisiana border, is in generally fair-to-poor condition, a result of high salinity levels that hurt production of duck-friendly native aquatic vegetation such as wigeongrass, najas and pondweeds.
"That lack of rain and high tides from Alex had a negative impact on the aquatic vegetation - things like wigeongrass - that are really important for waterfowl."
That's what's happened in the marshes of the Justin Hurst Wildlife Management Area near Freeport, where high sa linities have killed much of the seashore paspalum (jointgrass) and spartina patens (wiregrass/marshhay) that carpet the marsh, as well as wigeongrass and other aquatic vegetation that grow in the normally brackish water.