Energy & Environment

Researchers Ask For Public Input On Texas Coastal Spine Study

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Texas General Land Office are looking for ways to protect Galveston and other communities along the Texas coast.


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In an effort to find solutions to protect the Texas coast from rising sea levels and storm surge, researchers are now in the middle of a $20 million coastal spine study.

The study is funded by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Texas General Land Office, and they're now holding meetings to get public comment.

They're looking at billions of dollars in projects such as a flood gate across the Houston Ship Channel and extensive beach restoration, according to Colonel Lars Zetterstrom, Commanding Officer of the Corps’ Galveston District.

"This is a massive scope, a massive proposed solution for the protection and resilience of the coast of Texas," said Zetterstrom.

The Texas coastal region is home to about 25 percent of the state's population, and contains ports and refineries along with sensitive wetlands areas.

That study is expected to wrap up in 2020. Congress would then have to come up with the money to build the projects and a local entity would be required to provide matching funds.

A full list of documents available for public review, can be viewed, here.

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