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SWG-2015-00216 - Eckard Global Midstream, LLC - San Patricio County

Published Aug. 18, 2015
Expiration date: 9/2/2015

Full Public Notice          Project Plans

PROJECT DESCRIPTION:  The applicant proposes to perform additional dredging at, and modify the existing Cougar Dock bulkhead to allow additional dock space for barges to load petroleum products without encroaching on the federally maintained channel within the Jewell Fulton Canal.  The project area is approximately 13.7 acres.  The applicant will first install the new sheet pile wall for the modification of the bulkhead.  The landward face of both slips will be recessed up to an additional 100 feet and the southwestern face of the southern slip will be widened (towards the La Quinta Channel) up to 90 additional feet.  After the installation of the new sheet pile wall for the modification of the bulkhead, the existing peninsula (217 x 240 feet) will be mechanically removed, along with the old bulkhead, to result in one large slip that will allow barges to dock flush against the newly recessed bulkhead and will be dredged to a depth of -21 feet below mean low water (MLW).  Four turning dolphins will be installed, including one at each of the two corners of the newly widened boat slip, and two at mid-way points across the boat slip.  The final boat slip will be approximately 826-foot-wide and the distance between the new landward face of the slip and the edge of the navigable channel varies between 305 feet to 346 feet.

Dredging at the Cougar Dock will be conducted using a marine-based bucket or clamshell dredge.  Depending on the contractor’s methodology, some portions might also be conducted from onshore using a long reach excavator or clamshell.  Dredge spoils will be deposited into preapproved upland placement areas.  Total surface area affected (including dredging of existing waters and creation of the enlarged slip) will be 6.5 acres (148,255 cubic yards of dredged material and 17,940 cubic yards of concrete/dirt from the bulkhead).

 The applicant has identified three different locations (the applicant refers to these placement areas as landfarms) to place the material to be removed from the dock (attached sheets 9-15).  These areas have been verified by the Corps as uplands.  There is no associated discharge of fill material into waters of the United States that is no more than incidental fallback.