The First Open-Coast Beach Fill In Texas, Proceedings National Conference on Beach Preservation Technology. Tallahassee, Florida, pp. 88-102.




Brown, C.A.
Kraus, N.C.
McKenna, K.K.

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Much of the Texas Gulf shoreline is receding. In respnse to this coastal erosion, in 1993 the city of Glaveston, Texas, began the planning and permitting process for construction of a beach nourishment project that would provid both storm protection and a recreational beach. Few beach fills have been constructed along the Texas Gulf Coast, and the galveston Beach replenishment project is cinsidered the first official project along the Texas shoreline. The Galveston roject is therefore precedent setting, and special emphasis is being given to its design to provide a standard for future beach replenishment projects in Texas. This project, funded by the City of Galveston, requires extraction of more than 710,000 cubic yards of saediment from one or more borrow sires located approx. one mile offshore of the nourishment site. becsue of the large amount of material to be dredged, relatively shallow water of the borrow sites (15 to 25ft eman low water), and proximity to the beach, the Texas General Land Office and the City of galveston Commissioned the Conrad Blucher Institute to conduct a wave transformation and shoreline response assessment. The objective of the assessment was to determine the the shoreline impacts of the borrow dredging, if any, ans to recommenf the dredging practice that would minimize these impacts. This paper describes the history, project plan, shorelinechange assessment, and the results that led to the recommended extraction procedure for the Galveston project.