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Protecting the Texas Coast from Storms: It’s a Year-Round Job

Hurricane season may be over, but preparing for the next big tropical storm is a year-long process. Among the groups engaged in that effort is the Gulf Coast Community Protection and Recovery District. The GCCPRD develops plans to help Galveston, Harris, and other area counties to alleviate damage from storms like 2008’s Hurricane Ike. The […]

Hurricane season may be over, but preparing for the next big tropical storm is a year-long process. Among the groups engaged in that effort is the Gulf Coast Community Protection and Recovery District. The GCCPRD develops plans to help Galveston, Harris, and other area counties to alleviate damage from storms like 2008’s Hurricane Ike. The district is in the midst of conducting a storm surge suppression study, which would offer a cost-effective, efficient system to reduce flood damage caused by storm surge. The group recently conducted public meetings seeking community feedback.

We learn more about the process from the GCCPRD’s President, former Harris County Judge Robert Eckels.

Then, we welcome your questions for Anja Borski, who coordinates the Galveston Bay Foundation’s annual report card. Each year, the foundation partners with the Houston Advanced Research Center to assess the health of Galveston Bay. Their latest findings — the report card — will be released later this spring. As part of the process, project leaders want to hear concerns from coastal residents. We discuss what concerns have been heard so far, and find out how they’ll be factored into the final report card.

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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