Page images
PDF
EPUB

feet, for widening the Ybor Channel by 50 feet on each side, or a total additional width of 100 feet throughout its length, and for extending the turning basin at the west end of Garrison Channel for a distance of 300 feet

in an easterly direction, all at 30 feet depth, at an estimated cost of $125,500 for new work, with maintenance estimated at $2,500 annually in addition to the amounts now required; provided local interests furnish, free of cost to the United States, necessary rightsof-way and suitable spoil-disposal areas for new work and for subsequent maintenance as required, and move and reconstruct all bulkheads, wharves, buildings, roads, railroad tracks, and all other structures as may be necessary.

[ocr errors]

APALACHICOLA RIVER AT MOUTH OF FLORIDA RIVER, FLA.

(H. Dọc. 575, 75th Cong.) Recommends modification of the existing project for Apalachicola River, Fla., to provide for dredging a new outlet from Florida River, 6 feet deep and 80 feet wide, about 600 feet downstream of its present mouth at an estimated cost of $5,000 for new work, with maintenance estimated at $1,000 annually in addition to the amount now required, provided local interests furnish, free of cost to the United States, necessary right-of-way and spoil-disposal areas for initial work and for subsequent maintenance as may be required, and contribute onefourth the initial cost of the improvement. MISSISSIPPI RIVER BETWEEN BATON ROUGE AND NEW ORLEANS, LA.

(H. Dọc. 597, 75th Cong.) Recommends modification of the present project for improvement of the Mississippi River, between Baton Rouge and New Orleans, to provide, within the limits of the port of New Orleans where that authority has jurisdiction of both banks of the river, a channel depth of 35 feet and maximum width of 1,500 feet, measured from a line generally 100 feet from the face of the left-bank wharves, but not closer than 100 feet to wharves on the right bank and from the port of New Orleans to a line one-half mile below the Louisiana highway commission bridge at Baton Rouge a channel of 35 feet and width of 500 feet; all at an estimated cost of $200,000 for new work, with maintenance estimated at $75,000 annually in addition to the amounts now required.

GRAND Bayou Pass, LA.

(S. Doc. 166, 75th Cong.) Recommends the improvement of Grand Bayou Pass, La., to provide a channel 6 feet deep and 60 feet wide through the entrance bar, at an estimated cost for dredging of $25,000, with maintenance estimated at $15,000 annually.

SABINE-NECHES WATERWAY, TEX.

(H. Doc. 581, 75th Cong.) Recommends modification of the present project for improvement of the Sabine-Neches Waterway, Tex., to provide channel widths of 800 feet outside the jetties, 800 to 500 feet between the jetties, 500 feet through Sabine Pass, 400 feet in the Port Arthur Canal, 350 feet in the Sabine-Neches Canal and Neches River Channel to Smith Bluff Cut-off, 300 feet in the Neches River Channel between Smith Bluff cut-off and Beaumont, including a new cut-off between Smith Bluff and McFadden Bend, and 250 feet in the short entrance channel to the west turning basin at Port Arthur; and the deepening of the Beaumont turning basin with its extension to 34 feet; no dredging to be done by the United States within 50 feet of existing pierheads or established pierhead lines; all at an estimated cost of $4,320,000 for new work, with maintenance estimated at $140,000 annually in addition to the amounts now required; provided local interests furnish, free of cost to the United States, rights-of-way and spoil-disposal areas for initial work and for subsequent maintenance as may be required, and release the United States from any claims for damages resulting from the proposed dredging or disposal of excavated material.

HOUSTON SHIP CHANNEL AND BUFFALO BAYOU, TEX.

(H. Doc. 456, 75th Cong.) The loss of life, heavy property damage, and disruption to the commerce of the city and port of Houston occasioned by the flood of 1935 have demonstrated the urgent need for the prosecution of comprehensive and effective measures for the control of future floods in Buffalo Bayou. The general program of improvement contemplated by plan IV appears to be fully justified by the resultant benefits to the locality and to navigation. The proposed division of costs between the Federal Government and local interests is in conformity with the policies established by Congress in the Flood Control Act approved June 22, 1936.

The Chief of Engineers recommends the improvement of Buffalo Bayou and its tributaries above the turning basin of the Houston Ship Channel to provide for the control of floods, the protection of the city of Houston from flood damages, and the prevention of the deposit of silt in the turning basin of the Houston Ship Channel, by means of detention reservoirs, enlargement and rectification of channels, the construction of control works, and any diversions which may be found advisable, at an estimated Federal cost not to exceed $9,000,000, specifically limited to the defraying of costs of construction of channels and structures designed for flood-control and siltprevention purposes and excluding (a) the cost of all rights-of-way and flowage easements; (b) the costs incidental to the reconstruction, relocation, or modification of existing structures, bridges, buildings, railways, highways, utilities, and public and private facilities and properties of all kinds, except such as are integral parts of floodcontrol structures; and (c) the cost of that portion of flood-control channels or structures which are designed and constructed for other than flood-control purposes, provided that a single local agency be formed and vested with authority to act for, and in the name of, all interested parties, other than the Federal Government, in all matters pertaining to the formation, planning, financing, construction, and maintenance of the proposed project; provided further, that the local agency aforesaid shall (a) provide, without cost to the United States, ali lands, easements, and rights-of-way necessary for the construction of the project; (b) hold and save the United States free from damages due to the construction of such works; (c) maintain and operate all of the works after completion in accordance with regulations prescribed by the Secretary of War; provided further, that the local agency will take such measures as may be necessary to (a) establish and enforce building lines approved by the Secretary of War for the protection of the floodway areas against further encroachments; (6) prevent further dumping of waste materials upon existing banks of streams or within said building lines; (c) give assurances satisfactory to the Secretary of War that the existing obstructions to, and encroachments upon, the stream channels within the city of Houston will be removed by and at the sole expense of the owner or local agency as the initial step in the development of the adopted flood-control plan; and provided urther, that the Secretary of War shall have final decision as to (a) the type and adequacy of plans for all works which function in whole or in part to serve floodcontrol purposes; (b) the portion of the cost of such works, designed and constructed so as to serve other than flood-control purposes, which is properly chargeable to the flood-control feature of the project.

DICKINSON BAYou, Tex.

(H. Dọc. 568, 75th Cong.) Recommends modification of the existing project for Dickinson Bayou, Tex., to provide for a channel 6 feet deep and 60 feet wide at mean low tide along the present route from the natural 6-foot depth in Galveston Bay through Dickinson Bay and Dickinson Bayou to the Houston & Henderson Railroad bridge at Dickinson, at an estimated first cost of $35,000, with annual maintenance of $10,000, in addition to that now required, subject to the provisions that local interests furnish, without cost to the United States, all lands, easements, and rights-of-way and spoil-disposal areas for the initial work and for subsequent maintenance as required.

Palacios, Tex., CHANNEL TO INTRACOASTAL WATERWAY

(H. Doc. 564, 75th Cong.) Recommends modification of the existing project for the LouisianaTexas Intracoastal Waterway to provide for a channel 9 feet deep and 100 feet wide from Palacios through Trespalacios and Matagorda Bays to connect with the authorized Louisiana-Texas Intracoastal Waterway, at an estimated first cost of $74,000, with annual maintenance estimated at $15,000, subject to the provisions that no dredging shall be done by the Federal Government within 50 feet of any wharf or structure, and that local interests shall provide and maintain a suitable harbor basin and furnish, free of cost to the United States, all rights-of-way and suitable spoil-disposal areas for initial work and for subsequent maintenance as required. PORT ARANSAS-CORPUS CHRISTI WATERWAY, TEX.

(H. Dọc. 574, 75th Cong.) Recommends modification of the present project for improvement of channel from Aransas Pass to Corpus Christi, Tex., to provide for extending the main turning basin at Corpus Christi westward 2,500 feet at its present width and depth; and for deepening the existing industrial canal and turning basin to 32 feet and for the extension of this canal, at a depth of 32 feet and general width of 150 feet, westward along the south shore of Nueces Bay to a turning basin of the same depth, 900 feet wide and 1,000 feet long, near Tule Lake, dredged materials to be utilized for the construction of a protective levee on the north side of the channel and basin at an estimated cost of $1,052,000 for new work, with maintenance estimated at $60,000 annually in addition to the amounts now required; provided local interests furnish, free of cost to the United States, necessary lands, rights-of-way, and spoil-disposal areas for initial work and for subsequent maintenance as may be required, and release the United States from all claims for damage attributable to the work of improvement; and provided further, that deepening of the existing industrial canal with its turning basin, and construction of the proposed extension thereto and new turning basin near Tule Lake, shall not be undertaken until and unless the Nueces County navigation district furnishes assurances satisfactory to the Seceretary of War that bona fide arrangements have been made with various industries so as to guarantee additional tonnage sufficient to warrant the construction and maintenance of the extension of the industrial canal to any point up to and including the proposed turning basin near Tule Lake. For convenience of administration, the Board recommends that the project for channel from Aransas Pass to Corpus Christi, Tex., and that for Port Aransas, Tex., be combined in a single project to be designated the Port Aransas-Corpus Christi Waterway, Tex.

CHARLEVOIX HARBOR, Mich.

(S. Doc. 163, 75th Cong.)

Recommends modification of the existing project for improvement of Charlevoix Harbor, Mich., to provide for a channel 18 feet deep from that depth in Lake Michigan to that depth in Lake Charlevoix at an estimated cost of $15,000 for construction, with annual maintenance estimated at $500 in addition to that now required.

SAGINAW RIVER AND BAY, Mich.

(H. Dọc. 576, 75th Cong.) Recommends modification of the present project for improvement of Saginaw River, Mich., to provide a channel 21 feet deep and 200 feet wide from deep water in Saginaw Bay to the Detroit & Mackinac Railway bridge in Bay City, thence of the same width and 20 feet depth to the Sixth Street Bridge in Saginaw, all at an estimated cost of $1,030,000 for new work, with no increase in the estimated annual cost of maintenance; provided local interests furnish, free of cost to the United States, necessary lands, rights-of-way and spoildisposal areas for initial work and for subsequent maintenance as may be required, agree to make all necessary alterations in existing bridges and overhead and submarine crossings, and release the United States from any claims for damages incident to the improvement, except that work in the section lakeward of the Detroit & Mackinac Railway bridge may be undertaken when the prescribed conditions of local cooperation have been fulfilled for that section alone.

[ocr errors]

RICHMOND HARBOR, CALIF.

(H. Doc. 598, 75th Cong.) Recommends modification of the present project for improvement of Richmond Harbor, Calif., to provide or widening and flaring the existing basin at terminal No. 1, and for the subsequent maintenance of the basin as enlarged to within 75 feet of the existing pierhead line; for widening the channel at Point Potrero an average width of 150 feet and widening the channel between Point Potrero and a point opposite terminal No. 3 to a width of 850 feet, all to a depth of 30 feet; at an estimated cost of $192,000 for new work, with maintenance estimated at $10,500 annually in addition to the amounts now required, provided local interests furnish, free of cost to the United States, necessary rights-of-way and spoil-disposal areas for initial work and for subsequent maintenance as may be required; and provided further that no portion of the channel widening to 850 feet north of Point Potrero shall be undertaken until local interests furnish assurances satisfactory to the Secretary of War that industries will avail themselves of the improved navigation facilities.

UMPQUA RIVER, OREG.

(S. Doc. 158, 75th Cong.)

Recommends that the existing project for Umpqua River, Oreg., be modified to provide for a channel 200 feet wide and 22 feet deep at mean lower low water from the mouth of the river to Reedsport, with a turning basin at Reedsport 1,000 feet long, 600 feet wide, and 22 feet deep, at an estimated additional cost of $273,000 for new work and $35,000 annually for maintenance in addition to that now required, subject to the provision that local interests shall furnish, free to cost to the United States, necessary rights-of-way and suitable spoil-disposal areas for new work and for subsequent maintenance as required.

COLUMBIA RIVER, BETWEEN CHINOOK, WASH., AND THE HEAD OF

SAND ISLAND

[ocr errors]

(Rivers and Harbors Committee Doc. 50, 75th Cong.) Recommends the improvement of Columbia River between Chinook, Wash., and the head of Sand Island, to provide a channel 150 feet wide and 8 feet deep, and the reinforcement and future maintenance of the existing pile and timber breakwater, all at an estimated initial cost of $25,000, with maintenance estimated at $1,500 annually thereafter.

NEAH BAY, WASH.

(Rivers and Harbors Committee Doc. 51, 75th Cong.) The Chief of Engineers reports that the improvement proposed will provide a needed safe harbor in the vicinity of the Pacific entrance to the Strait of Juan de Fuca, with benefits to the important fishing and logging industries of the locality and to general navigation commensurate with the expenditures required. Recommends improvement of Neah Bay, Wash., to provide a breakwater approximately 8,000 feet

« PreviousContinue »