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Posted 10/26/2018

Release no. 18-050


AUSTIN, Texas (October 26, 2018) – Today The Texas General Land Office (GLO) and the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) announce the release of the Coastal Texas Protection and Restoration Study Draft Integrated Feasibility Report and Environmental Impact Statement, a milestone in the effort to reduce the risk along the Texas coast from dangerous storm surges and other threats. Since 2015, GLO and USACE have worked cooperatively on a first-of-its-kind feasibility study formulating risk reduction solutions to address coastal storm risks to the vast and important Texas coastline. A copy of the report can be downloaded here http://coastalstudy.texas.gov/.  

“Texas is not a state that happens to have a coast, Texas is a true coastal state,” said Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush. “One storm can cost many lives and billions of dollars in damage, so the expense of doing nothing far outweighs the investment to protect and enhance our coast. Texas’ coast is home to one in every four Texans and 30% of the American oil refining sector resides here. The Coastal Texas Study is about protecting our people, our economy and our national security. The options selected are proven to be effective in mitigating the deadly effects of storm surge on our state. I thank the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and look forward to continuing this vital cooperative effort.”

“The Coastal Texas Protection and Restoration Feasibility Study builds on the work of scientists, engineers and other experts from Rice University’s Severe Storm Prediction and Evacuation from Disasters (SSPEED) Center, Texas A&M University Galveston (TAMUG), Gulf Coast Community Protection and Recovery District (GCCPRD),” said U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District Commander Col. Lars Zetterstrom.  This is the only study to fully identify the environmental impacts and required mitigation of the proposed plan. The study also includes results and lessons learned from methods used to mitigate the dangerous impacts of floods and storm surges worldwide.”

The draft environmental impact statement released today includes the Tentatively Selected Plan (TSP) which uses a multiple lines of defense strategy to reduce risks to our communities and infrastructure along the entire Texas coastline. The TSP develops an integrated comprehensive plan for the coast of Texas that includes constructing surge gates to reduce coastal storm damage risks to the Houston Ship Channel, levees along Bolivar Peninsula and Galveston Island, beach and dune renourishment along the lower coast, and nine landscape scale ecosystem restoration projects to increase resilience and reduce risks to the coast of Texas. The features will work together to greatly increase the resiliency of the Texas Coast.  The estimated cost is $23 to $31 billion.

The Coastal Texas Study complies with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and considers the impacts the project will have on natural, economic, social and cultural resources. The GLO and USACE entered into a cooperative agreement to create the Coastal Texas Study in 2015. The final feasibility report and EIS is expected in 2021.

The community is invited to review the plans and participate in a series of public meetings:

 

Lower Coast

27-Nov | 5:30pm – 9:00pm | Port LaVaca

Bauer Community Center           

2300 TX-35

Port Lavaca, TX 77979

 

28-Nov| 5:30pm – 9:00pm |Corpus Christi           

Harte Research Institute Texas A&M Corpus Christi

6300 Ocean Dr

Corpus Christi, TX 78412

 

29-Nov | 5:30pm – 9:00pm | Port Isabel

Port Isabel Event & Cultural Center         

309 Railroad Ave

Port Isabel, TX 78578

 

Upper Coast      

11-Dec | 5:30pm – 9:00pm | Winnie        

Winnie Community Building       

335 South Park Street

Winnie, TX 77665

 

12-Dec | 5:30pm – 9:00pm | Galveston 

Galveston Island Convention Center      

5600 Seawall Blvd

Galveston, TX 77551

 

18-Dec | 5:30pm – 9:00pm | Seabrook   

Bay Area Community Center     

5002 E NASA Parkway

Seabrook, TX 77586

 

Public comments can be provided at: 1) the Public Meetings noted above; 2) mailed to USACE, Galveston District, Attn: Mrs. Jennifer Morgan, Environmental Compliance Branch, Regional Planning and Environmental Center, P.O. Box 1229, Galveston, TX 77553-1229; or 3) emailed to CoastalTexas@usace.army.mil.  Comments must be postmarked by January 9, 2019.

 

To learn more about the Coastal Texas study, visit www.coastalstudy.texas.gov.

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