Beneficial Use of Dredged Material in Galveston Bay

The Port of Houston has used dredging to restore marshes and other beneficial use sites in the Galveston Bay area.

As a component of the 1998 congressionally authorized project to deepen and widen of the Houston-Galveston Navigation Channels (HGNC), the silt, sand, shell and clay dredged during the expansion and subsequent channel maintenance has been, and will be, utilized as an environmental resource to enhance Galveston Bay.

This project is one of the largest wetland creation efforts of its kind in the nation.

In order to identify environmentally and economically responsible ways to utilize the material dredged from the HGNC expansion, an coalition of eight government agencies, called the Beneficial Uses Group (BUG), was formed in 1990.

Over the next 50 years, the BUG project, sponsored by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Port of Houston Authority, has:

  • Continued to develop approximately 3,300 acres of inter-tidal salt marsh in Galveston Bay;
  • Created a 6-acre bird nesting and habitat island;
  • Partially restored Redfish Island in Galveston Bay and re-established it as a wildlife habitat and boater destination location;
  • Restored Goat Island in Buffalo Bayou and re-established it as a wildlife habitat;
  • Constructed an underwater berm to enhance fish habitat by providing changes in topography;
  • Constructed access channels and anchorages for recreational boaters in mid- and lower-Galveston Bay;
  • Constructed 172 acres of oyster reefs.


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3rd International Congress Hydraulic Engineering Structures and Dredging

Russia’s leading maritime industry Media Group PortNews ( holds a traditional annual Congress “Hydraulic Engineering Structures and Dredging” in Moscow. 

The two-day Congress includes the 7th International Forum of Dredging Companies and the 3rd Technical Conference “Modern Solutions for Hydraulic Engineering”.

Infrastructure development is among the real sources of Russia’s economy growth. Construction of port facilities and new hydraulic engineering structures on the country’s inland waterways constitute an essential part of all infrastructure projects. It is important to take into account the best international practices to implement these projects effectively.

The program of the Congress will be devoted to the latest technologies for dredging and hydraulic engineering works. Speakers and delegates will refer to real projects to discuss specifics features of dredging works, as well as dedicated fleet and equipment involved.

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