Bailey Waste Disposal NPL Site

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Bessie Heights Marsh, Neches River


Contaminants of Concern Include

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Migratory Birds

Financial Summary

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Case Description

The Bailey Waste Disposal NPL site is located near Bridge City, in Orange County, Texas. The site was an industrial and commercial waste from the 1950’s until 1971. The Site included two rectangular ponds, Pond A (52 hectares) and Pond B (30 hectares) that were originally constructed in the early 1950's for recreational freshwater fishing as part of the Bailey Fish Camp. The fish camp was active until September 1961 when Hurricane Carla introduced saline waters into the ponds, which killed the freshwater fish. The Site, including the two ponds, encompassed a total of approximately 280 acres. The Site is surrounded by salt marsh wetlands that are part of the productive Sabine Lake/Neches River Estuarine ecosystem. Contaminants at the site included aromatic volatile hydrocarbons, chlorinated hydrocarbons, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), naphthalene compounds, semi-volatile metal compounds, and arsenic. The case was settled in 2001 for $619,000 for restoration and administrative costs. In January of 2003, the trustees published a restoration plan that determined a minimum of 28 acres of marsh habitat would need to be created to compensate the public for natural resource injuries. The Trustees partnering with the Army Corps of Engineers and Jefferson County Navigation District for dredge materials which were able to construct 71 acres of marsh habitat at the Bessie Heights marsh area along the Neches River.

Credit: USFWS

Credit: USFWS

Case Documents

 Document TypeDocument NameDocument Date


 Consent Decree Consent Decree 09/05/2000


 Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment Restoration Plan 01/09/2003

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Case Contact

Corpus Christi Ecological Services Field Office

Corpus Christi, TX | (361) 994-9005 |

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