Beneficial Use of Dredged Material at South Padre Island, Texas: A Partnership Success Story

The South Padre Island (SPI) Beneficial Use of Dredged Material (BUDM) Project is a successful effort between the City of SPI, the Texas General Land Office (GLO), Cameron County, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) to address chronic shoreline erosion by using a valuable resource formerly referred to as “spoil.” The project is located on 4,000 feet of Gulf shoreline of SPI and uses sand dredged from Brazos-Santiago Pass by the USACE during dredging of the Brownsville Ship Channel that would otherwise be placed offshore and out of the littoral system. Beach nourishment activities occur between October and March to allow work to be performed outside of sea turtle nesting season and tourist season. Annual surveys are conducted to monitor the beach conditions. The beach project has been conducted nine times since 1997. GLO Coastal Erosion Program funds have been used with City of SPI and County funds to pay the incremental cost required by the USACE. In 2001, the USACE and GLO established a BUDM agreement to streamline the contracting process for the SPI project and similar projects in Texas. This project highlights the advantages of BUDM to restore eroding beaches. State and local entities get sand on the beach at a much reduced cost to mitigate historic erosion and enhance habitat for endangered sea turtles. Economic analysis of the SPI BUDM project indicates that the project provides a benefit cost ratio in excess of 9 to1.


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Media Info

  • Media Type: Web
  • Pagination: pp 716-723
  • Monograph Title: Ports 2016: Port Planning and Development

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  • Accession Number: 01605710
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 9780784479919
  • Files: TRIS, ASCE
  • Created Date: Jun 7 2016 3:04PM