Scoping Artificial Beach Ridge to Minimize Impacts of Shoreline Damages
ANAHUAC, April 14, 2012 - The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) is proposing a project to create a man-made levee paralleling the shoreline of the Gulf of Mexico, in an effort to minimize saltwater inflows across the beach ridge during normal high tides. The goal of this action is to reduce saltwater intrusion within McFaddin National Wildlife Refuge (McFaddin NWR). The levee will offset the loss of flood protection during wind or tidal events that the coastal dune system provided until it was destroyed by Hurricane Ike on September 13, 2008. The proposed levee will be approximately 3.6 miles in length with a total elevation of 5.0 feet MSL (83 NAVD).
McFaddin NWR is currently in the draft Environmental Assessment phase of this project. The public comment period closes May 15, 2012. Public comments can be directed to Tami Schutter, Texas Chenier Plain Refuges Complex, Box 278, Anahuac, Texas 77514; 409-267-3337. Email comments can be provided to the following address: firstname.lastname@example.org.