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Public Scoping Meeting

INVITATION TO PARTICIPATE

IN SCOPING MEETING AND THE IDENTIFICATION OF

DEEP-DRAFT NAVIGATION  

PROBLEMS AND OPPORTUNITIES IN CALHOUN AND MATAGORDA COUNTIES, TEXAS

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District and the Calhoun Port Authority are seeking all interested persons, organizations and representatives from the general public, federal, state and local governments, agencies, Indian tribes, academia, business and industry interested in participating in a scoping meeting to identify significant issues related to proposed modifications of the Matagorda Ship Channel. A Draft Integrated Feasibility Report and Environmental Impact Statement (DIFR-EIS) will be prepared to assess the social, economic and environmental effects of widening and deepening the Matagorda Ship Channel in Calhoun and Matagorda counties, Texas. In addition to No Action, specific alternatives to be evaluated are expected to include nonstructural measures, structural alternatives to modify the bayside channels of the MSC at depths ranging from –38 feet to –50 feet MLLW and at widths ranging from 200 feet to 400 feet, and alternatives to modify and extend the Entrance Channel to depths ranging from –40 feet to –55 fee MLLW and at widths ranging from 300 feet to 600 feet.  The DIFR-EIS will also evaluate the impacts and potential benefits of a dredged material management plan that may include new upland, confined placement areas, beneficial use of dredged material sites, and Ocean Dredged Material Disposal Sites.
 

The meeting will take place from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.:
Jan. 24, 2017

Bauer Civic Center

2300 Highway 35 North

Port Lavaca, TX 77979

The Notice of Intent to prepare an EIS is scheduled to be published in the Federal Register Dec. 29, 2016. It will be posted on the Galveston District website at http://www.swg.usace.army.mil/. Written comments must be received or post-marked by Feb. 13, 2017. You may email comments or questions to MSC-Feasibility@usace.army.mil and they can be mailed to:
 

U.S. ARMY ENGINEER DISTRICT, GALVESTON

ATTENTION:  MATAGORDA SHIP CHANNEL FEASIBILITY STUDY, CESWF-PEC-CC

P.O. BOX 1229, GALVESTON, TEXAS  77553-1229