2020 Version of Coastal Barrier Study Up for Review

By Gloria Roemer

  The US Army Corp of Engineers (USACE) and the Texas General Land Office (GLO) released its latest draft of The Coastal Texas Protection and Restoration Study (Fall 2020) on October 30th.  There will be a 45-day public review period of the study. Six virtual public meetings will be held online.  The dates are Monday, November 16, 2020 – 11am – 1pm & 6pm – 8pm; Tuesday, December 3,2020 – 11am -1pm & 6pm -8 pm; and, Tuesday, December 8, 2020 – 11am – 1pm & 6pm – 8pm.  To participate in the virtual meetings, you must register at coastalstudy.texas.gov. To provide comments on the study email coastaltexas@usace.army.mil. December 14th is the deadline for public comments.

The study revised its plan for a coastal barrier that will alter the southeast Texas coastline with massive sea gates across the Houston Ship Channel and 43 miles of dunes and renourished beaches spanning Bolivar Peninsula and Galveston. The project is estimated to cost $26.2 Billion. The final study will be presented to Congress in the spring of 2021 for funding.  Completion estimate is 10 to 12 years.

To review the complete study and project renderings, visit coastalstudy.texas.gov.

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