Boating Hazards Removed From Galveston Bay

Pat Hernandez

Example of old pilings left behind Hurricane Ike, September 2008.
The Texas General Land Office is getting rid of hundreds of old pilings on Galveston Bay that pose a hazard to boaters.

Most of those old pilings are near La Porte and Morgan's Point,  areas on Galveston Bay that are popular with boaters and fishermen. 

Jim Suydam with the Texas General Land Office says crews will remove about 2,000 old pilings.

"Some of them are just below the surface. They're just out there with visual observation, they found them. And I think they'll be using some side-scan sonar."

Suydam says the pilings have been there for years. They're from old piers that were torn down or broken up.  And he says those pilings could cause a serious accident if a boater doesn't know they're there.

"Folks who live out there are pretty happy to see this happening because they know they're there are they know it's dangerous, and it's always been a matter of who's going to pay to pull them out."

Money for the work comes from a $197,000 federal Coastal Impact Assistance Grant.  

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Gail Delaughter

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Gail Delaughter joined KUHF in October 2008 as Saturday morning news anchor and host. A native of New Orleans and a graduate of Southeastern Louisiana University, Gail has extensive experience in Texas and Louisiana as a radio news reporter and morning show anchor and co-host...