GALVESTON, Texas (Oct. 11, 2016) – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District temporarily closed the north cutoff from Trinity Bay to the Trinity River today, until further notice, to perform repairs to its salinity control structure.
“Salinity operations are conducted to protect drinking water sources from salt water intrusion during periods of low flow on the Trinity River,” said Gary Stangeland, operations project manager, USACE Galveston District.
According to USACE Galveston District’s Supervisory Natural Resources Manager Richard Long, the Chambers-Liberty County Coastal Navigation District, Lower Neches Valley Authority and the Coastal Water Authority/City of Houston use this portion of the river to produce drinking water and rely on the USACE Galveston District’s operations to ensure saltwater doesn’t enter the drinking supply.
“This structure is normally closed only during salinity operations,” said Stangeland. “We ask recreational boaters for their patience while we work to complete these necessary repairs.”