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Brazos River Floodgates New Schedule
Posted on Jan 24th, 2013
Are you planning on taking a boat trip from the San Bernard to Freeport or points east via the Intracoastal Waterway? Beginning April 1, 2013, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District is proposing to adjust operations at the Brazos River Floodgates (and the Colorado River Locks at Matagorda). Gate swings will be limited from opening on demand to opening every hour on the hour for recreational vessels only. Commercial vessels will not be affected. This is due to a reduction in the Corps’ nationwide inland navigation budget for 2013. There will be some flexibility in the new schedule that allows recreational boaters to still follow commercial vessels through the locks. Also, the public can request a Special Use Permit for a temporary change to lock operations for short durations for significant events such as a fishing tournament that is beneficial to the community.
“Though the locks were designed to assist in the safe navigation of commercial vessels, we’ve successfully allowed recreational boaters to use these facilities for several years,” said Brown. “As we work with our partners to reduce operating costs across the Corps, we understand the impact this will have on our recreational users and therefore will review Special Use Permit requests that will provide a significant economic impact to the region.” - Chief of Project Operations Karl Brown, USACE Galveston District’s Operations Division
To provide feedback regarding this proposed policy change, log on to the SURVEY and participate in an anonymous questionaire. Responses will be forwarded to the Operations Division staff and district commander for review.