GALVESTON, Texas (Sept. 12, 2016) -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Galveston District, awarded a small business contract in the amount of $2,374,082 to Affolter Contracting Company Inc., for dewatering of the Spilman Island Placement Area.

"Spilman Island Placement Area provides capacity for maintenance material dredged from the Houston Ship Channel and Barbours Terminal Channel projects," said Tricia Campbell, an operations manager in the USACE Galveston District's Navigation Branch. "The dewatering project will help to drain water from the placement area and dry out material within the site for use in future dike-raising projects."

According to Campbell, dredged material placement areas are necessary for the USACE Galveston District to maintain navigation along federal channels.

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 ports handling approximately 500 million tons of commerce annually), explained Campbell.

Work is scheduled to begin in October 2016 with an estimated completion date of April 2017.

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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