USACE Commanding General signs Chief’s Report VIDEO

Lt. Gen. Scott Spellmon, USACE Commanding General and 55th Chief of Engineers, has signed a Chief’s Report recommending the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway Coastal Resilience Study for congressional approval.

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The recommended plan from the study includes:

– Interior breakwaters on the GIWW-side of the barrier islands,

– Earthen berm located behind the interior breakwaters,

– Bayside breakwater on the Matagorda Bay side of the barrier island,

– Barrier island restoration using dredged material from the GIWW, stabilized by marsh plantings.

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The plan is estimated to cost $304 million and is 100% federally funded with 35% of those funds coming from the Inland Waterway Trust Fund.

Also, the recommended plan looks to keep the GIWW safe and reliable, which means 80 million short tons of goods and $30.7 million worth of seafood can continue to be transported along this vital waterway.

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