GALVESTON, Texas (Sept. 27, 2013) -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District, awarded a contract in the amount $1,369,515.74 to Integris Projects LLC (a Small Business Administration 8(a) contractor), for dewatering of the Alexander Island Placement Area relating to the Houston Ship Channel in Harris County, Texas.

"Dewatering allows for the outflow of excess water and increases the placement area's capacity to hold more dredge material," said Tricia Campbell, an operations manager with the USACE Galveston District's Navigation Branch. "This process is part of the district's Dredged Area Management Program (DAMP) which ensures placement areas are prepared for future dredging activities."

Dewatering contracts are a key component of the Corps' overall management of dredged material placement areas. Each year, the USACE Galveston District dredges approximately 30 to 40 million cubic yards of material from Texas channels to fulfill its mission of keeping waterways open for navigation and commerce (benefiting 28 ports handling 500 million tons of commerce annually).

According to Campbell, work is expected to begin October 2013 with an estimated completion date of February 2014.

The USACE Galveston District was established in 1880 as the first engineer district in Texas to oversee river and harbor improvements. The district is directly responsible for maintaining more than 1,000 miles of channel, including 250 miles of deep draft and 750 miles of shallow draft as well as the Colorado River Locks and Brazos River Floodgates.

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