Email Comments and Request Public Meeting on Permit #SWG-2006-00515 by June 25, 2021!!!
The Port of Corpus Christi Authority (POCCA) is seeking a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) permit to dredge La Quinta Channel to 54' over the next 10 years. The La Quinta Channel runs alongside the City of Ingleside on the Bay, from the Brass Turtle to Bahia Marina, before heading up past Kiewit. We encourage everyone in IOB to submit your concerns, questions, and demand for a Public Meeting on Permit #SWG-2006-00515 in IOB to firstname.lastname@example.org. As stated in the notice: "If no comments are received by that date, it will be considered that there are no objections." Feel free to start by copying the paragraph below and change it up to make it your own. (More info about the project is available below the paragraph.) Or simply click on this link: https://p2a.co/lwYnNvb
I oppose Permit #SWG-2006-00515, the so-called "maintenance dredging" of the La Quinta Channel down to 54', which is proposed to take place over the next decade. Residents of and near the City of Ingleside on the Bay (IOB), which is located directly on the La Quinta Channel, need to have an opportunity to learn more about the project and ask questions at a public meeting - to be held in IOB. In addition to a public meeting, I request an extension of the comment period by 30 days. Historical evidence suggests that the signficant dredging already in the Channel has contributed to IOB's experiencing storm surge with every storm in the Gulf. The summer of 2020, there were about 8 flooding events that inundated about a quarter of the City. I am also concerned about the noise, smells, and air pollution caused from the incessant dredging - which will continue even beyond the 10 years. A main selling point of life in IOB is the view of the Corpus Christi skyline, which will be obstructed by the creation of spoil islands for the dredge material. The heavy silting due to dredging will snuff out even more seagrass, causing fish, marine mammals, and seabirds to leave the area as it becomes a dead zone for wildlife. I'm also concerned about the wakes, pollution, and safety risks that will come from increased ship traffic when the channel is deepened. I fear that we will be more at risk of ship collisions, large scale spills, and even terrorist acts. Why is it that Texans should risk losing so much for the benefit of private industry?
Image from CORPUS CHRISTI SHIP CHANNEL CHANNEL IMPROVEMENT PROJECT (2019) - presentation by the Port of Corpus Christi
Purpose of Channel Deepening by the Port
The Port of Corpus Christi wants to "maintenance dredge" the channel to 54' to make it possible to fully load VLCCs (Very Large Crude Carriers) with liquefied natural gas and crude oil.
Potential impacts to IOB of this 10-year deepening project include:
- Significant disruption to IOB in terms of noise and air pollution from dredging - once deepened, the dredging will go on in perpetuity
- Increased ship traffic with deeper drafts causing more erosion from ship wakes
- Increased risk of catastrophe due to ship collisions, explosions, or terrorist acts
- Significant silting, which will destroy seagrasses and aquatic life
- Increased levels of storm surge, worsening impact of tropical storms and flooding events
- Build up of spoil islands that will obstruct views of Corpus Christi skyline
- Public Notice (Comments due 6/25/21)
- Project Plans (posted on 5/25/21) - these plans from 2/15/06 proposed only 39'-43' depth - NOT 54'!
- 2019 Public Scoping Presentation (6/14/19) - who in IOB was notified of this?
- Plan to conduct a Feasibility Study (4/30/19) - was this done? where are the results? were they shared with IOB?
- Email comments and IOB meeting request to email@example.com, with "SWG-2006-00515" in the subject line