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USACE Galveston District receives supplemental funding to dredge Channel to Port Mansfield, Texas

GALVESTON, Texas (Sep. 12, 2018) –The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District has received funding to conduct maintenance dredging at the Channel to Port Mansfield navigation project.

The Channel to Port Mansfield navigation project consists of a 15-ft deep (Low Water Datum) by 125-ft wide by 12.9 mile long shallow-draft channel, which extends from the Gulf of Mexico; through a jetted inlet to a turning basin at Port Mansfield. The Channel to Port Mansfield was not included within the President’s budget for Fiscal Year 2019, however congress has provided supplemental funding to be used for maintenance dredging in Fiscal Year 2019. Since 2000, the channel has been dredged through 5 separate contracts, typically utilizing supplemental funding set aside in response to coastal storm impacts.

This supplemental funding will be used, through multiple contracts, to dredge the Channel to Port Mansfield to its authorized depth. The first contract will provide an 8 foot channel from the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway (GIWW) Intersection to the Port Mansfield main basin to relieve critical shoaling and is anticipated to begin as early as fall of 2018.

“The additional contracts will include dredging the entrance and main channels of Channel to Port Mansfield to authorized dimensions in conjunction with environmental windows.” Said Ashton Burgin, operations manager at USACE Galveston District “This work will likely commence in fall of 2019 and conclude by March 2020, or sooner.”

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.

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USACE Galveston District’s Employee Spotlight on Terri McFetridge

GALVESTON, Texas (August 1, 2018) – New to the Corps of Engineers, Teresa (Terri) McFetridge joins the Galveston District as the Budget Officer in the Resources Management Division. Although she has only been with the Corps for a few months, she has been in her career field and with the Federal Government for 30 years.

“I started my career with the Navy under the Junior Fellowship Program” said McFetridge “My high school counselor suggested I fill out the application. We worked with the Navy during our summer, Christmas, and spring break and upon college graduation I was guaranteed a job with the Navy”

McFetridge started with the federal government as a GS-2 and worked her way up to Comptroller, which she explains is equivalent to a Resource Management Officer in the Corps.

“I decided to leave the Navy for a job opportunity with the Corps because I wanted to be closer to my family in Texas” said McFetridge “After being with the Navy for so long I wanted to challenge myself to a new experience.”

As the Budget Officer, McFetridge is currently working on the Fiscal Year 19 Operating Budget to ensure resources are available to meet the Corps’ mission.

“Budget principles and fiscal laws are the same across agencies. I find it fascinating to be this far in my career and be in the midst of learning outside the Navy” said McFetridge “I’ve transitioned from Navy command to Navy command with similar fiscal challenges, different staffs. This transition is completely different and I’m excited to be here.”

McFetridge earned her Bachelor in Business Administration at our Lady of the Lake University in 1991 and an Executive Master of Business Administration at the Naval Postgraduate School in 2009.

In her free time she enjoys traveling, going to concerts, and spending time with her family.