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Texas General Land Office Focuses On Protecting the State’s Coastline from the Next Big Storm

The Texas General Land Office was founded to figure out who owned what and where after the Texians and Tejanos won independence from Mexico. Today, the office looks after state land, the Alamo, helps with recovery after natural disasters, funds public education, provides benefits to veterans and manages the Texas coastline. It’s that last task […]

The Texas General Land Office was founded to figure out who owned what and where after the Texians and Tejanos won independence from Mexico.

Today, the office looks after state land, the Alamo, helps with recovery after natural disasters, funds public education, provides benefits to veterans and manages the Texas coastline. It's that last task that current Land Commissioner, George P. Bush, is focused on right now.

Bush has proposed two concurrent coastal plans to address critical needs before the next big storm hits and forming a coastal resiliency advisory group, which will be looking for local input from stakeholders along the coast.

Producer Edel Howlin spoke with Commissioner Bush and began by asking why he's focused on the coastline so early in his term as land commissioner.

MORE: Report: Greater Houston's a ‘Sitting Duck' for the Next Big Storm (Houston Matters, March 9, 2016)

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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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