USACE Galveston District awards $8.9 million contract for Houston – Galveston channel dredging

GALVESTON, Texas (March 23, 2017) – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers – Galveston District awarded a contract in the amount of $8,921,000 to Manson Construction Co., for routine maintenance dredging of the Houston-Galveston Entrance Channel and Houston Ship Channel main channel. Contract options in the amount of $4,704,000 are anticipated to be awarded to perform additional maintenance dredging within the Houston-Galveston Entrance Channel and the Galveston Inner Harbor Channel.

Approximately 3.75 million cubic yards of dredged material are scheduled to be removed from these federal navigation channels, which will provide unrestricted navigation to the port facilities at Houston, Texas City and Galveston – ranked the 2nd, 15th and 51st ports in the nation, respectively.

“The Houston-Galveston Entrance Channel provides deep-water access from the Gulf of Mexico to the port facilities located in Houston, Texas City and Galveston,” said Chris Frabotta, chief of the USACE Galveston District Navigation Branch. “In 2015, a total of 294.2 million tons of commercial cargo traversed through the Houston-Galveston Entrance Channel, equating to 11.6 percent of the nation’s total commercial maritime tonnage.”

The maintenance dredging using a trailing suction hopper dredge is scheduled to begin in mid May with completion expected in October 2017.

The USACE Galveston District was established in 1880 as the first engineer district in Texas to oversee river and harbor improvements. The district is directly responsible for maintaining more than 1,000 miles of channel, including 270 miles of deep draft and 750 miles of shallow draft as well as the Colorado River Locks and Brazos River Floodgates.

For more information, visit the USACE Galveston District website at www.swg.usace.army.mil. Find us on Facebook, www.facebook.com/GalvestonDistrict or follow us on Twitter, www.twitter.com/USACEgalveston.

Honoring Trailblazing Women

The story of America is the story of American women, marked by strength, bravery and dedication, whether in our Army, in our own families, or in our society.  We observe Women’s History Month in March, established by Congress as the official observance in 1987, but we have observed the outstanding achievements and contributions of women to the building and sustainment of our nation for many years.

The images of the work and sacrifices of American women are plentiful:  pioneer women, heading west in covered wagons to help settle the frontier; camp followers during the Civil War, often nurses, tending to the needs of the soldiers; suffragettes, marching and sometimes being jailed for the right to vote; Rosie the Riveter, performing the “man’s work” at home so that the men could fight the war.  World War II also saw women serving in the military, followed by the official integration of women into the Armed Forces in 1948.

Women's History Month Poster

Today, women perform virtually every job in the military as well as in the civilian sector.  They play a vital role in today’s Army:  they are Soldiers on the battlefield and in garrison; they are officers and noncommissioned officers; they are Army Civilians.  And they are Army wives, mothers, and sisters who provide vital support to the Army team.   Within USACE, more than 10,000 women work in virtually every field, comprising almost 32 percent of the workforce.  About 30 percent of our Southwestern Division workforce is made up of women, more than 800 altogether, performing just about every job specialty available.  They should be proud of their accomplishments.  I know that I am.

Every now and then, we glimpse a piece of history that has been hidden and gain a new perspective.  One such glimpse is the recent film “Hidden Figures,”   the story of a team of African-American women mathematicians who served a vital role in NASA during the early years of the U.S. space program.   Who knew that such unrecognized feats were buried away. This film provided great recognition not only for women, but also for African-Americans.

This year’s Department of Defense theme, Honoring Trailblazing Women, highlights women who have successfully broken down barriers and changed the role of women.   This year, DoD highlights four women, one from each branch of the military:  the Honorable Dr. Sheila Widnall, former Secretary of the Air Force; Command Master Chief Evelyn Banks (retired), U.S. Navy; Major General Lori Reynolds, (retired) U.S. Marine Corps; and the late Ms. Tracey Pinson, U.S. Army, director of the Office of Small Business Programs for almost two decades.

Their contributions to the Department of Defense were national news, and had an impact that was felt across the country and in some cases around the world.  They are indeed role models for women to learn from and honor.

This March, I also honor each SWD woman, whether you work at a lake, a dam, or a desk, for all the great contributions that you make to our SWD mission and to our American history!  Thank you!

David C. Hill
Brigadier General, U.S. Army
Commander, Southwestern Division
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

“Building Strong…Army Strong!”