Galveston Island Coastal Erosion Study on display

The USACE Galveston District, in partnership with the City of Galveston, has prepared a Draft Detailed Project Report and Environmental Assessment (DDPR-EA) and Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for the Galveston Island Coastal Erosion continuing authorities study as authorized by Section 204 of the Water Resources Development Act of 2016.

The USACE prepared the DDPR-EA to determine the feasibility of employing Beneficial Use of Dredged Material measures for coastal storm risk management on Galveston beaches to benefit coastal communities and public infrastructure.  

The maintenance dredging planned entails about 530,000 cubic yards of beach sand to be removed from the Galveston Ship Channel for beach nourishment placement on the beach from the Sands of Kahala Beach Subdivision to just past Bermuda Beach Subdivision seaward of the vegetation line on Galveston Island.

The project would slow coastal erosion processes and benefit private properties and public infrastructure along the Galveston shoreline for approximately 24 years.

The analysis indicates the project is feasible, environmentally acceptable, and economically justified. 

A 30-day public comment period begins today, July 15, and ends on Monday, August 15, 2022.

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