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Old 12-19-2011, 07:47 PM   #1
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Hairout Bad news in west bay!!!!!

I found a dredge working the intracoastal waterway last week, west of Carancahua Point. That in itself wouldn't be such an issue, but the Corps of Engineers is pumping the dredge material over the existing spoil islands onto the bay side. I mentioned this to a few friends, after noticing that they have already moved the dredge to a second spot. They are pumping all of the dredge material directly on top of the grass flats that have taken years to grow. The first area that they have dumped is covered with silty mud along with some hard areas for several hundred yards. The first dump site, on the day that I was out, had an area that was previously grass covered and averaging about a foot deep. That area now has a dry land patch that is over 100 yards wide and extending nearly that far out into the bay across the flat.

I mentioned this to Captain Trim, who had the opportunity to go out with Marcos Enriquez. They took numerous pictures of the areas where the dumping is going on, along with a short video. The dredge was moved to a 3rd dumping location when they late last week. This process moves very fast, I believe this has all happened within the span of about 2 weeks. They started on the last existing spoil west of Carancahua Point and are working their way back to the east. From all indications from the Corps, they will be dredging all the way east to Louisanna.

This is something of a call for help. Captain Trim has been calling all over to find some help for our bay and running into a ton of road blocks. If anyone has any information that will help in re-directing the Corps of Engineers to another solution to the current dumping plan, please post up. James has a date with a photographer and reporter for Wednesday, so if all goes well there will be some publicity about this. He is trying to reach the US Game and Fisheries division. If this proves to be effective, I will post contact, so that the angling voice can be heard.

I have attached a short video that they shot last week of the active dredge dumping. This video doesn't show the extent of the damage, but it is significant.

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Old 12-19-2011, 08:45 PM   #2
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I was just by them doing some work right there, and i cant stand it.
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Old 12-19-2011, 08:58 PM   #3
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I just posted on Fishing Reports where Shallowist originally posted. This pristine shoreline is becoming a MUDHOLE! We need to get on this right away because the dredge is working fast.....
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Old 12-19-2011, 09:06 PM   #4
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I just sent this link to Robin Riechers the Director of Coastal Fisheries at TPWD and asked if this is permitted and or legal. I am sure he will let us know soon.

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Old 12-19-2011, 09:09 PM   #5
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Doesn't the Galveston Bay Foundation play a big role in replanting marsh grasses?

I would contact them.
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I will call Galveston Bay Foundation first thing in the morning. We need other people to call for a larger impact as time is of the essence. It will take a long time to replace this seagrass.
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Old 12-19-2011, 09:27 PM   #7
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Hairout

This is worse than prop scarring!You not only have grass up there but oysters as well.I think we need a occupy west bay shoreline movement.Some of us have noticed over the last few years the grass has made a comeback over there.TP&W i know your on here!
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Old 12-19-2011, 09:33 PM   #8
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Steve,

Let us know anything you find out.. This is absolutely the WORST thing that could happen for upper west bay. That grass has been taking hold and expanding rapidly over the last few years and this will completely kill that entire area if its allowed to happen.

If anyone has numbers to call, post them up. We need an all out assault on this to get it stopped NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!
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I have sent an e-mail to Emily with Galveston Bay Foundation and contacted Shannon Tompkins & Joe Kent. Glad someone got on the horn to TPWD.

I was over there this weekend and it's shoaled in good in some areas. The grass had really started to come back in the area & Oyster reefs line the western shoreline at the bend where the dump site was.
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Old 12-19-2011, 10:06 PM   #10
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I also sent an email to the Galveston Bay Foundation.
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