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USACE Galveston District to begin beach renourishment project at South Padre Island

GALVESTON, Texas (Oct. 7, 2015) – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District partnered with the Texas General Land Office and the City of South Padre Island to begin a beach renourishment project this week using beach-quality sand harvested from the Brazos Island Harbor Jetty and Entrance channels in South Texas, maintenance dredging project.

“We’re very excited about this year’s beach renourishment project,” said City of South Padre Island City Manager Bill DiLibero. “The timing for the project is perfect since we will be able to deposit the sand on the beach rather than off shore, which has been the case for other renourishment projects. We will be getting twice the amount of sand as a result of the scale of the project.”

The district awarded a $6.5 million contract earlier this month to Weeks Marine Inc., to remove approximately 651,000 cubic yards of sandy material using a pipeline dredge to clear the navigation channels.

The Corps is expected to pump approximately 651,000 cubic yards of dredged material originating from the Brownsville Harbor navigation channel to renourish approximately three quarters of a mile of Texas’ famed spring break destination.

“Our partnerships with the City of South Padre Island and the Texas General Land Office, and their instrumental cost-sharing participation, will allow the Corps to conduct the largest beach nourishment project undertaken at South Padre, providing multiple benefits with lasting impacts on the South Texas economy,” said Seth Jones, an operations manager with the USACE Galveston District’s Navigation Branch. “Not only do we take care of our mission of keeping America’s waterways navigable, our beach renourishment efforts combat storm surge, prevent coastal erosion, generate economic growth through increased tourism and provide opportunities for recreation.”

The beach nourishment project called ‘beneficial use,’ employs environmentally and economically responsible ways to use dredged materials to benefit local communities explained USACE Galveston District Project Engineer Nicholas Perez, and allows the Corps to improve eroded coastlines through the placement of dredged material.

“The beaches on South Padre Island are the city’s jewel,” said DiLibero. “We work hard to maintain a high quality beach and dune environment. We have a nationally recognized dune protection program that receives regular accolades from the Texas General Land Office and the Corps. Our beach and dune maintenance program requires a balance of environmental protection and public education as many of the visitors and property owners do not recognize the benefits of dune protection and beach enhancement. Adding more sand to the South Padre beaches helps the city better protect our coastal resources and the residential and commercial properties located on the Gulf Coast.”

Contractors are scheduled to mobilize equipment this week with an estimated completion date of February 2016.

Learn more about the Texas coast at http://www.swg.usace.army.mil/Missions/TexasCoastValuetotheNation.aspx. For news and information, visit www.swg.usace.army.mil. Find us on Facebook, www.facebook.com/GalvestonDistrict or follow us on Twitter, www.twitter.com/USACEgalveston.


USACE Galveston District awards two contracts for dredging of GIWW

GALVESTON, Texas (Oct. 1, 2015) – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Galveston District, awarded two contracts for maintenance dredging of the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway (GIWW) in Texas.

A contract was awarded in the amount of $8,885,450 to Goodloe Marine Inc., for dredging between Freeport Harbor and Matagorda Bay, Texas.

A second contract was awarded in the amount of $4,483,500 to Mike Hooks Inc., for dredging between High Island to Rollover and Bolivar Flare in Galveston and Chambers counties, Texas.

“The GIWW is an essential component of the nation’s navigation network extending for 1,109 miles from Appalachee Bay Florida to Port Isabel Texas,” said Seth Jones, an operations manager with USACE Galveston District’s Navigation Branch. “The GIWW is the third ranked inland waterway in the nation handling 126 million short tons of cargo. The 379-mile Texas portion of the GIWW handles more than 73 million short tons of cargo annually valued at $42 billion.”
According to Jones, approximately 75 percent of this cargo is classified as petroleum and petrochemical-related products (2013).

“Maintenance dredging of the GIWW between Freeport Harbor and Matagorda Bay, Texas, will remove approximately 2.75 million cubic yards of material, which will be placed at various placement areas along the waterway,” said Jones. “We’ll also use approximately 100,000 cubic yards of sand beneficially to nourish the Gulf shoreline in the vicinity of Sargent Beach, Texas.”

According to Jones, work is scheduled to begin in October 2015 with an anticipated completion date of April 2016.

“Maintenance dredging of the GIWW between High Island and Rollover Pass, Texas, will remove approximately 1.1 million cubic yards of material, of which approximately 194,000 cubic yards of sand will be used beneficially to nourish the Gulf shoreline in the vicinity of Rollover Pass on Bolivar Peninsula, Texas,” said Jones. “Work is scheduled to begin in October 2015, with anticipated completion of February 2016.”

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.

Learn more about the Texas coast at http://www.swg.usace.army.mil/Missions/TexasCoastValuetotheNation.aspx. For news and information, visit www.swg.usace.army.mil. Find us on Facebook, www.facebook.com/GalvestonDistrict or follow us on Twitter, www.twitter.com/USACEgalveston.


The official U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Southwestern Division publication