The city of Orange is finally getting a hearing from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to install concrete along Cooper’s Gully. The Corps is taking public comments on the proposal until May 11.
The plan is to lay the concrete along nearly 1.6 miles of the gully. The city has been trying to get the project off the ground for three years after getting federal hurricane recovery money.
A small section of the gully leading into the pump station at the Boat Ramp area have a concrete lining.
Public Works Director Jim Wolf previously said the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service considered the gully a natural stream and not a drainage ditch. The gully drains most of the southeast part of the city, from 16th Street to the Sabine River. The city has a pump station at the river.
The Corps of Engineers notice says the purpose of the concrete is to protect the banks of the gully from further erosion and to improve drainage. Wolf has said the concrete will let the gully drain more quickly. The concrete will also save the city from the maintenance of cleaning plants out of the gully and mowing the banks.
The public notice is posted on the Corps of Engineers Galveston office website. Comments on the proposed concrete lining may also be made through 409-766-3861.