GALVESTON, Texas (May 4, 2017) -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District awarded a contract in the amount of $855,080 to Environmental Industrial Services Group Inc., for the dewatering of Houston Ship Channel Peggy Lake Placement Area."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," said Tricia Campbell, an operations manager with the USACE Galveston District's Navigation Branch. "Peggy Lake Placement Area provides capacity for maintenance material dredged from the Houston Ship Channel project, while dewatering helps to extend placement area life in order to facilitate future dredging projects along the Houston Ship Channel." 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).Work is scheduled to begin in May 2017 and is expected to be completed by October 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.For more news and information, visit www.swg.usace.army.mil. Find us on Facebook, www.facebook.com/GalvestonDistrict or follow us on Twitter www.twitter.com/USACEgalveston.