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SWG-2017-00295 - Texas Parks and Wildlife Department - Redfish Bay - Neuces County, Texas

Published July 17, 2017
Expiration date: 8/16/2017

Full Public Notice          Project Plans

The applicant proposes to construct a nearshore breakwater at Site 1 and create a beneficial use area with a nearshore breakwater at Site 2. 

At Site 1, the proposed work would involve constructing a rock breakwater with riprap scour protection parallel to the shoreline of the existing island.  The applicant plans to position a marsh excavator on the island shoreline with a long-reach bucket to place graded stone in shallow water (-1 to 0 feet deep).  Shallow water barges would be utilized to transport the rock to the north end of the site through an existing channel and tracked carriers would move the stone along the shoreline to the excavator.  Geotextile fabric would be placed on the bay bottom at a natural grade prior to the stone placement to reduce settlement of the structure.

At Site 2, the proposed work would involve constructing a 28-acre containment area on the historic island footprint to accept suitable dredged material for the creation of a beneficial use site.  The project plans for this site also include the construction of a nearshore, rock breakwater structure with riprap scour protection along the southern shoreline.  Construction activities would begin with placement of the breakwater structure and scour protection.  Placement of the breakwater material would involve a similar procedure as detailed for Site 1.  The applicant proposes to excavate a temporary access channel within the beneficial use footprint to facilitate placement of the breakwater in shallow water (-1 feet deep).  This access channel would follow the planned path of containment levee 1 and would be backfilled following completion of the breakwater structure.  The containment levees would be constructed using in situ materials excavated from borrow areas, parallel to the containment levees, within the containment area.  The excavated borrow areas would serve as temporary access channels for barges used for levee construction.  The outside (windward) slope of levee 2 would be covered with bio-degradable fabric to prevent erosion.  Once the containment levees have settled and stabilized, dredge material would be discharged into the containment area to a final elevation of 4 feet (NAVD 88).  The applicant has not identified the source of the dredged material, at this time.  Following a settlement period of at least one year, the crown of the restored island would be shaped with heavy equipment to emulate the micro-topography of nearby Ransom Point Island.