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SWG-2022-00314 - Orange County Drainage District - wetlands within the Bessie Heights subbasin and adjacent to the Neches River - Orange County, Texas

USACE Galveston District
Published Oct. 4, 2022
Expiration date: 11/4/2022

Public Notice          Project Plans          Compensatory Mitigation Plan 

The applicant proposes to permanently convert approximately 2.054 acres of estuarine emergent wetlands (EEM) and 1.452 acres of palustrine forested (PFO) wetlands to open water, and to deepen and widen approximately 1.409 acres of tidal open water to improve and extend the Bessie Heights Drainage Ditch.  The proposed drainage ditch extension will be approximately 4,965 feet in length, have a varying width of 45 feet to 64 feet, and a depth ranging from -2.9 feet to -7.3 feet (NAV ’88).  Approximately 2,291 cubic yards of material will be dredged from tidal open waters, 9,246 cubic yards of material excavated from estuarine emergent marsh, and 3,307 cubic yards of material excavated from palustrine forested wetlands to construct the new drainage channel.  The 14,844 cubic yards of dredged and excavated material will either be removed to uplands, thin spray discharged into the adjacent marsh for beneficial use, and/or utilized for marsh creation as part of a permittee responsible compensatory mitigation plan.  The purpose of the project is to improve stormwater flow through the northern portion of the Bessie Heights Marsh that allows the Bessie Heights Drainage Ditch to reach open water with minimal effects to the marsh.