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MATAGORDA SHIP CHANNEL IMPROVEMENT PROJECT
Southwest Region, April 25, 2006
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 Pat Clements is serving as the Corpus Christi Ecological Services Field Office representative on the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) for the Matagorda Ship Channel Improvement Project (MSCIP).  The MSCIP proposal is to deepen to 45 feet and widen to 400 feet the existing navigation channels in Matagorda and Lavaca Bays to accommodate deep draft commercial vessels.  An estimated 46.5 million cubic yards (MCY) of new work material would be dredged, and 276.0 MCY of maintenance material would be dredged over a 50-year project life as outlined in preliminary design information.  The U. S. Army Corps of Engineers has made the determination that an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) must be prepared because the project would significantly affect the quality of the human environment.  Historically, similar projects have been developed as federal projects with significant federal funding in conjunction with a local sponsor.  The MSCIP, however, is being proposed for development using non-federal funds because of the low probability that federal funds will be available in the near future.  Calhoun County Navigation District is the project proponent and permit applicant.  To date, the Service has participated in 2 TAC meetings, one field day and attended the first public scoping meeting, held on April 25, 2006, for the draft EIS.

Contact Info: Martin Valdez, 505-248-6599, martin_valdez@fws.gov



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