Major Issues Confronting Texas Ports

Dredging and dredged material management

  • Building and maintaining cost-effective and environmentally friendly navigation channels and material placement areas for the millions of cubic yards of sediment dredged annually
  • Ports act as sponsors of federal projects and take the lead in developing beneficial uses for the dredge material
  • Reduced funding for the Army Corps of Engineers’ budgets for federal channel maintenance and new projects

Environmental regulations

  • Compliance with regulations on air quality, water quality and sustainable practices in ways that keep Texas ports competitive in the global market

Modern cargo-handling facilities needed to enhance trade

  • Funding to maintain and enhance port infrastructure from federal sources or public private partnership

More funding for port security

  • Continued funding of the port security grant program is needed from the federal level

Freight mobility—to improve transportation connections to ports

  • State and federal funding that includes ports as part of the overall transportation system to improve linkage with highways, rail and the GIWW.
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Texas Ports

Texas has more than 1,000 miles of channel maintained by the Corps of Engineers.

Texas Ports create nearly 1.4 million jobs generating $82.8 billion in personal income.

Download the 2011 Economic Impacts of State of Texas Ports and Maritime Industry (PDF).