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SWG-2018-00560 - Port of Houston Authority - wetlands and in Buffalo Bayou - Harris County, Texas

Published July 3, 2019
Expiration date: 8/5/2019

Full Public Notice          Project Plans          Draft Mitigation Plan

PROJECT DESCRIPTION:  The applicant proposes to construct terminal infrastructure and dock facilities to support vessel loading and unloading for the transportation, importing, and exporting of petroleum products, petrochemicals, and other bulk liquids. 

The proposed project consists of the construction of a marine terminal including four ship docks, three barge docks, breasting dolphins, mooring dolphins, and 5,305 feet of new sheet pile bulkhead wall.  Additionally, the project consists of the construction of terminal supporting infrastructure including storage/processing facilities, rail receiving/loading yards, maintenance yards, above ground pipe racks, vehicle access roads, electrical substations, truck loading bay, and terminal operation offices and facilities.  The proposed project requires the removal and relocation of approximately 3.8 million cubic yards of material within a 63.27-acre area to provide the area necessary to safely maneuver and berth incoming and outgoing vessels.  Of that,  approximately 870,000 cubic yards of material will be excavated above the MLLW line and 2.49 million cubic yards of material below the MLLW line will be dredged to obtain depths of -46.5 feet MLLW, and 2-foot allowable overdredge along the proposed ship docks and depths of -15 feet MLLW, plus a 2-foot overdredge along the proposed barge docks.  Approximately 5,927 cubic yards of slope stabilization material will be placed along the proposed bulkhead wall. 

The applicant plans to utilize private Dredged Material Placement Areas for the initial new-work dredging and relocation of the 3.8 million cubic yards of material.

Of the potential Waters of the United States identified within the survey area of the proposed project, seven palustrine forested (PFO) wetlands, nine palustrine emergent (PEM) wetlands, two palustrine scrub-shrub (PSS) wetlands, one palustrine unconsolidated bottom (PUB) wetlands, four tributaries, and one open-water area are proposed to be impacted by construction and operation of the proposed project.  Construction and operation activities would result in unavoidable impacts to approximately 11.702 acres of wetlands consisting of 3.925 acres of PFO wetland, 6.446 acres of PEM wetland, and 1.331 acres of PSS wetland.  The proposed project would also impact approximately 2.056 acres of open water pond area.