Results and Accomplishments
The Neches River Saltwater Barrier has provided numerous benefits for the citizens, industry, and environment in and around the City of
Beaumont . Imbedded within the project design were environmental education and recreational considerations for the public. The public boat ramp, public restrooms, picnic area, walking trail, and stocked fishing ponds provides the public world class facilities as well as increased access to the Neches River and the Big Thicket National Preserve.
Aside from protecting the freshwater supply of
Southeast Texas , the project provides for savings of 200,000 acre-feet per year of water, the size of an average reservoir, that does not have to be released from Sam Rayburn reservoir to control the saltwater, all of this while still insuring adequate freshwater inflows into the bays and estuaries.