February East Fork Mouth Bar Dredging Update
Since last month, dredgers have removed one island and have started on another in the massive complex of sand bars laid down during Harvey and Imelda on the San Jacinto East Fork where it meets Lake Houston.
The sand bar already eliminated was toward the top and left side of the frame above. It stretched almost 2000 feet.
Now dredgers are focusing on the giant bar in the middle above.
Mouth Bar Complex in 2020 Before Start of Dredging
The shot below, taken from the opposite direction, helps put things in perspective.
More Current Shots Taken Today
Long Range Dredging Plan
The City of Houston’s purchasing website does not indicate whether the City has yet awarded the project to develop a long range dredging plan. Last month, the purchasing agent for the City, Bridget Cormier, stated that “The City has not yet made a decision, nor a recommendation for award yet.” She explained, “We are still in the evaluation phase and have requested additional information from suppliers that moved forward in the process.”
It took three months just for contractors to dredge their way through the Royal Shores channel to get to East Fork (July, August, September 2021). East Fork dredging started in October last year. Spoils are currently being ferried back to land south of the West Fork, opposite River Grove Park. There it dries before TexDoT hauls it away for use in roadbuilding.
Posted by Bob Rehak on 2/20/2022
1636 Days since Hurricane Harvey