Hydraulics and Stability of Five Texas Inlets




Mason C
U.S.Army Coastal Engineering Res.Cent. FBVU

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Existing data on tides and currents of five Texas inlets (Freeport Harbor entrance, San Luis Pass, Galveston Bay entrance, Rollover Pass, and Sabine Pass) are analyzed to determine the hydraulics of the inlet-bay systems. The effects of the hydraulics and other factors on inlet stability are also examined. Variability in mean tidal ranges and water levels occurs on several time scales. Significant increases in both range and level will occur through 1986, when maximum values may cause inundation of areas which only recently subsided. Due to the small tidal prism of Freeport Harbor entrance, frequent dredging is required, with shoaling rates up to 1,450,000 cubic yards per year. San Luis Pass is stable geographically, although it has been increasing slowly in size over the past hundred years. although small, Rollover Pass affected adjacent bay and beach characteristics in a pattern similar to that found at large inlets with manmade improvements. Complex patterns of flow occur within the Sabine Pass inlet-bay system, but strong ebb discharges during winter northers undoubtedly enhance channel maintenance




ASW,USA,Texas, Dredging, Galveston Bay, hydraulics, levels, Maintenance, Q2 02170 Nearshore dynamics, Q2 02264 Sediments and sedimentation, sedimentation, shoaling, stability, Texas, tidal inlets, Tidal range, Tides, USA, Variability, water, Water Level, Water levels, winter