GALVESTON, Texas (April 1, 2013) – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District will adjust operations at the Colorado River Locks and Brazos River Floodgates beginning today to limit gate swings from opening on demand to opening every hour on the hour for recreational vessels only. Commercial vessels, emergency access and law enforcement will not be affected by these operational changes.
“Though these changes may inconvenience recreational boaters, it is necessary in order to reduce the wear and tear on navigation lock equipment and gates to prolong the life of the system and make available more operating dollars to address ongoing maintenance needs,” said Chief of Project Operations Karl Brown, USACE Galveston District’s Operations Division.
With nearly 12 million acres of land and water in its portfolio, the USACE is the leading provider of outdoor recreation on all federally-managed public lands in the nation. Responsible for more than 11,400 miles of shoreline, 90 lakes and 1,495 recreation sites in its area of operation, the USACE Southwestern Division (which includes the USACE Galveston, Tulsa, Fort Worth and Little Rock districts) provides water-based recreational opportunities to the public and boasts the most visited recreational areas in the entire Corps with more than 75 million visitors in fiscal year 2012 and approximately 32,000 recreational boaters transiting through the Colorado River locks and the Brazos River Flood Gates annually.
“We held a public meeting in Bay City in January to discuss the proposed policy update, inform the community of the necessary changes and receive feedback from the residents and recreational boaters,” said Brown. “District staff also posted signage at the locks and floodgates as well as distributed a public notice to mariners in local utility bills regarding the changes.”
To learn more about the Brazos River Floodgates, visit http://www.swg.usace.army.mil/BusinessWithUs/OperationsDivision/BrazosRiverFloodgatesSummary.aspx or the Colorado River Locks at http://www.swg.usace.army.mil/BusinessWithUs/OperationsDivision/ColoradoRiverLocksSummary.aspx. Find us on Facebook, www.facebook.com/GalvestonDistrict or follow us on Twitter www.twitter.com/USACEgalveston.
Release no. 13-018