Army Corps of Engineers discusses dredge material placement plans for Matagorda Ship Channel

Officials with the Galveston District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers answer questions about the Matagorda Ship Channel Improvement Project Thursday evening in Port Lavaca. More than 25 people gathered at the county’s extension office for the meeting, which was hosted by the Lavaca Bay Foundation.

PORT LAVACA—The parking lot filled up early at the Calhoun County Extension Office Thursday evening.

Inside, several residents and local officials gathered around to hear what the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers had to say about a massive undertaking to widen and deepen the Matagorda Ship Channel.

Army Corps of Engineers discusses dredge material placement plans for Matagorda Ship Channel

Coraggio Maglio, chief of hydraulics and hydrology for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District, discusses possible placements for dredging material from the Matagorda Ship Channel Thursday with a Calhoun County resident. 

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Army Corps of Engineers discusses dredge material placement plans for Matagorda Ship Channel

West of the Matagorda Ship Channel are several areas the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has proposed depositing several million cubic yards of sediment that will be dug up during the dredging process to widen and deepen the channel. The Corps is also planning to place dredge material at Chester Island and just south of the inlet for the ship channel entrance near Port O’Connor.

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Kali Venable is an investigative and environmental reporter for the Victoria Advocate. She can be reached at 361-580-6558 or at kvenable@vicad.com.

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I was born and raised in Houston, but spent many summers and weekends in the Crossroads while growing up. I studied journalism at the University of Texas at Austin, and feel lucky to cover a region I love dearly.

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