FAQs: Sabine-Neches Navigation District

FAQs: Sabine-Neches Navigation District

What is the Sabine-Neches Navigation District?

The SNND is a political subdivision of the state of Texas and has operated in Jefferson Country for over 100 years. The SNND is responsible for managing, advocating for and sustaining the navigable waters of Jefferson County, Texas to improve the economy, environment and quality of life in southeast Texas.

What does the SNND do?

The SNND is responsible for managing, advocating for and sustaining the navigable waters of Jefferson County, Texas to improve the economy, environment and quality of life in southeast Texas. The SNND has three primary functions:

  1. Waterway Commerce: Promotes and supports the maintenance of the Sabine-Neches Waterway in order to facilitate and sustain commerce in the ship channel for Southeast Texas and the nation.
  2. Taylor’s Bayou: Manages the saltwater barriers and flood control structures at Taylor’s Bayou.
  3. Waterway Security: Funds and maintains responsibility for waterway security on navigable waters of Jefferson County.

Who governs the SNND?

The governing body of the Sabine-Neches Navigation District is comprised of a 5-member Board of Commissioners, appointed by the Jefferson County Commissioners Court. The navigation district also has a support staff that includes general manager, assistant general manager, operations manager, and office manager.

What types of businesses use the ship channel?

Essentially every manufacturing business in southeast Texas uses the ship channel, such as the petrochemical industry, energy industry and the U.S. military. Products transported through the waterway include natural gas, crude oil, gasoline, jet fuel, chemicals, steel, lumber and more. Each year, about 71,000 waterborne transits and more than 100 million tons of cargo move through the waterway, making it one of the largest in the country.

Is the SNND a Jefferson County entity?

The SNND is a political subdivision of the state of Texas, not a county entity.

What is the SNND’s relationship to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers?

In an agreement with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the SNND acts as the local “non-federal sponsor” for the Sabine-Neches Waterway. In other words, the navigation district is the local entity that manages day-to-day waterway responsibilities and works closely with the Corps of Engineers to maintain the waterway.

How is the SNND funded?

The SNND receives revenues from three sources:

  1. Tax assessment on all property owners in Jefferson County.
  2. Fees generated from use of SNND property for placement of private dredge material.
  3. Fees generated for providing waterway security to commercial terminals along the waterway.