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October 28, 2016

Report: Closing Rollover Pass would harm bay

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  • RonShelby posted at 11:21 am on Wed, Jan 8, 2014.

    RonShelby Posts: 1047

    This article is lacking significant commentary. How does the County Commissioner who is over the Bolivar Penninsula feel about its closing? What does he believe? Does he support closing it? Since its the area is generally unincorporated, he needs to comment. Its like not asking the Mayor of Galveston for a comment on a public housing story. I'd be interested in the Commisioner's court overall.

  • roblowntexas posted at 12:39 pm on Wed, Jan 8, 2014.

    roblowntexas Posts: 2

    can someone tell me what the oyster beds did before the pass was opened? I understand from our grandfathers that you could see the bottom of the bay because the water quality was so good. I also remember them catching tarpon on the beach which we have not seen since the 70's.

    Just wondering, I know oysters like the salt water better.

  • Jarvo posted at 1:11 pm on Wed, Jan 8, 2014.

    Jarvo Posts: 722

    I agree with Ron, time for county Rep and court to man up. Let us know their thoughts.

  • Jake Buckner posted at 1:52 pm on Wed, Jan 8, 2014.

    Jake Buckner Posts: 2240

    It's a little funny that this report discusses the harm that reduced salinity will bring to East Bay, and other reports discuss the harm that increased salinity has brought to the bays in recent drought years.

    But that's why it's a controversial topic, at least among the few dozen or so who actually care...

  • Don233 posted at 2:38 pm on Wed, Jan 8, 2014.

    Don233 Posts: 972

    How can putting it back to its natural state harm the bay? It doesn't, that's how. Hence, natural state. What a crock of BS.

  • rukidden posted at 3:50 pm on Wed, Jan 8, 2014.

    rukidden Posts: 228

    You can pay for a study to come to any conclusion that you want if you are the one writing the check. [wink]

  • kevjlang posted at 4:47 pm on Wed, Jan 8, 2014.

    kevjlang Posts: 4036

    How about just letting Mother Nature decide if the pass should stay open or not? Why not just stop taking actions to keep it open, and don't spend any money to close it. Monitor it. If it starts becoming evident that the closure would be too disruptive, then resume the cutting and dredging that keeps it open now. Otherwise, just let it fill in over time. If GLO believes that leaving it open would leave the area more vulnerable to storm damage, then put the money for closing the pass into a trust for covering the state's liabilitities in such cases. Of course, that supposes that the GLO plan is one that is tied more towards environmental stability and storm damage mitigation. My idea probably wouldn't go over well if the primary reason is to channel state funds to a valuable campaign contributor.

  • hoss posted at 9:32 am on Thu, Jan 9, 2014.

    hoss Posts: 93

    The pass doesn't fill up. It's the ICW that has to be dredged to keep barge traffic moving.

  • IHOG posted at 2:35 pm on Thu, Jan 9, 2014.

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    If memory serves, hurricanes opened the pass several times in the past. When it was open people noticed east bay was more productive.
    That's why it was opened.
    To maintain high water quality and improve East bay productivity.
    Oysters prefere brackish water but not fresh water. Shrimp, crab, shellfish and finfish nurseries are more productive with reduced salt levels but not fresh water.

    Is this a spending project someone plans to profit from?
    Then another spending project to reopen the pass when it's proven East bay was better with the pass open.

  • IHOG posted at 3:13 pm on Fri, Jan 10, 2014.

    IHOG Posts: 2486

    Logic fails when politicians want to spend OPM.

  • IHOG posted at 3:17 pm on Fri, Jan 10, 2014.

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    There were fewer oyster reefs befor the pass was opened. When hurricanes opened the pass oyster production increased. That was the original reason to keep it open.