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Section 5: Gulf Intracoastal Waterway

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Summary

This policy states that the department will administer the Texas Coastal Waterway Act of 1975 as the non-federal sponsor of the main channel of the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway from the Sabine River to the Brownsville Ship Channel.

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Purpose

The purpose of this policy is:

  • to comply with the Texas Coastal Waterway Act of 1975
  • to clarify the role of organizational units pertaining to the acquisition of dredge disposal sites.
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Responsibility

Transportation Planning and Programming Division has responsibility for:

  • local sponsorship requirements for evaluation, planning, maintenance, preservation, enhancement, and future improvements of the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway
  • evaluation and selection of sites for the disposal of dredged material
  • coordination with Corps of Engineers and state and federal agencies for environmental impact sites, if required
  • conducting public meetings and commission hearings

Right of Way Division has responsibility for the acquisition including:

  • negotiation and purchase of sites for the disposal of dredged material in conjunction with the Transportation Planning and Programming Division
  • acquisition work schedule adherence related to the title search phase, surveying, negotiation, and purchase of sites.

Houston, Yoakum, Corpus Christi, Beaumont, and Pharr Districts will appoint a liaison to assist:

  • the Right of Way Division in all phases of site acquisition
  • the TPP Division in all phases of sponsorship requirements.
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Reference

Current Policy: Executive Order 4-90

Supersedes: Administrative Order 20-83

Reference: Texas Coastal Waterway Act, Transportation Code, Chapter 51 43 TAC §2.45

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