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Law Aims to Speed Up Study of the ‘Ike Dike’

You’re probably familiar with the idea of the so-called “Ike Dike,” a proposed barrier to protect the Texas coast from storm surge in events like 2008’s Hurricane Ike. The Army Corps of Engineers is currently studying the idea and should have its findings ready by June of 2018. But a recently passed federal law aims […]

Ship Channel Seawall Galveston Ike Dike Hurricane - VLawhorn HPMYou’re probably familiar with the idea of the so-called “Ike Dike,” a proposed barrier to protect the Texas coast from storm surge in events like 2008’s Hurricane Ike. The Army Corps of Engineers is currently studying the idea and should have its findings ready by June of 2018. But a recently passed federal law aims to speed up that study.

In December (Dec. 16, 2016), President Obama signed the Water Resources Development Act, which includes a provision to speed up the study. On this edition of Houston Matters, we learn more about how that will work.

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