All posts by bmoore

USACE Galveston District awards $2.2 million contract for Matagorda Ship Channel dredging option

GALVESTON, Texas (Sept. 6, 2016) – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District awarded a contract option in the amount of $2,241,800 to Orion Marine Construction Inc., for dredging of additional reaches of the Matagorda Ship Channel in Matagorda and Calhoun counties, Texas.

The contractor is required to remove approximately 1.9 million cubic yards of dredged material from the Matagorda Ship Channel (from Matagorda Peninsula to Point Comfort) beginning September 2016 with an estimated completion date of December 2016.

“Maintenance dredging is required annually to provide adequate channel availability for ships navigating the Matagorda Ship Channel,” said Aron Edwards, an operations manager in the USACE Galveston District’s Navigation Branch. “All dredged material from the Matagorda Ship Channel will be placed in open-water, unconfined placement areas.”

The Matagorda Ship Channel was constructed in the 1960s to allow deep-draft vessels to travel between the Gulf of Mexico and Matagorda and Lavaca Bays. The channel is part of Port of Port Lavaca – Point Comfort, a major sea port in the state and nation, and carries approximately 11.6 million tons of commerce annually.

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 250 miles of deep draft and 750 miles of shallow draft as well as the Colorado River locks and Brazos River Floodgates.

For more news and information, visit Find us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter,

District launches Houston area flood risk data online tool

GALVESTON, Texas (Sept. 1, 2016) – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District launched a web-based tool today, called the Metropolitan Houston Regional Watershed and Waterway Flood Risk Management Systems Performance Evaluation, to inform users about local flooding events and provide updates regarding the district’s flood risk management system capabilities.

“This tool is designed to be easily modified using filters and data layers to enable users to obtain the most up-to-date information about the Houston area flood risk management program,” said Coraggio Maglio, chief of Hydraulics and Hydrology Branch at the USACE Galveston District. “The story map contains data ranging from historic flood events to the USACE Dam Safety Program, available on an interactive web application to make it easy for users to find information. Additionally, it serves as a resource for local, state and federal agencies when developing integrated plans for improved flood risk management programs.”

Ric Vera, geospatial program manager with the USACE Galveston District, explained that users seeking to quickly customize geospatial-populated information related recent floods will find this tool useful. “This technology provides users with a visual approach to better understand the last several decades of flooding in the Houston area and how the multiple watersheds play a role,” said Vera. “Having this online story map tool is just one more way of communicating the flooding challenges we are working with our partners to manage in order to save lives and protect property,” said Vera.

The online tool can be accessed at

For more news and information, visit Find us on Facebook at or follow us on Twitter at