The Galveston District hosted the winter edition of our biannual Stakeholder Partnering Forum (SPF) at the Texas A&M University Galveston Campus Feb. 23-24, 2022.
The theme of the SPF was: “Environmental and Social Justice: Integral to Comprehensive Coastal Resiliency.”
Galveston District representatives and our non-federal stakeholder partners provided updates on the collaborative endeavors occurring across the Coastal Texas community.
“This is a time for us to renew our shared vision to provide engineering solutions to the Coast of Texas,” said District Strategic Planner Dr. Sarah Delavan, who coordinated the SPF.
“Our role as the Army Corps of Engineers is to facilitate conversations and communication between our partners to foster a multi-agency, multi-organization commitment to a resilient Texas coast,” Delavan said. “The Texas coast is an incredibly rich and diverse set of communities connected by a beautiful stretch of coastline. The focus of this winter’s Stakeholder Partnering Forum—environmental and social justice—is a way for us to lift up those that may not have had equal access to water resource solutions in the past and to commit to support in the future.”
The forum began with the District’s project portfolio review and the Texas Emerging Ports forum on February 23.
Day two focused on social and economic justice issues and what can be done to integrate both into current and future Galveston District projects. Houston Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher (TX-7) touched on flood resiliency and mitigation, an important topic to her constituents and many coastal Texans.
The Galveston District hosts the biannual SPF to foster our commitment to working hand-in-hand with our community, local government, non-profit, and industry partners.