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Coastal Texas Protection & Restoration Feasibility Study


Public Open Houses Scheduled for February 2020

The Coastal Texas Protection and Restoration Feasibility Study (Coastal Texas Study) will host a series of public open houses in February 2020 to provide the public with updated information about study progress made since previously held public meetings in fall 2018. The purpose of the Coastal Texas Study is to identify coastal storm risk management and ecosystem restoration measures that would protect the health and safety of Texas coastal communities, reduce the risk of storm damage to industries and businesses critical to the Nation’s economy, and address critical coastal ecosystems in need of restoration. The Study team is comprised of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and Texas General Land Office (GLO) and their engineering, environmental, and public outreach consultants.

Public open houses will be held on the following dates and locations:

Saturday, February 8, 2020
1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
High Island High School
2113 6th Street
High Island, Texas 77623
Wednesday, February 12, 2020
6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Galveston Island Convention Center
5600 Seawall Boulevard

Galveston, Texas 77551
Thursday, February 13, 2020
6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Bay Area Community Center
5002 E NASA Parkway
Seabrook, Texas 77586


Materials, presentation, and format will be the same at all three meetings. Informational displays will be available for public viewing, and study team representatives will be available to provide information and answer questions. No formal presentation will be made. Informational materials will be available in English and Spanish.
Public feedback and participation are encouraged. Written comments will be accepted during the public open houses and may be mailed to the Coastal Texas Study at 2500 Summer Street, Suite 1130, Houston, Texas 77007 or emailed to coastaltexasstudy@glo.texas.gov.

Comments received during this time will be taken into consideration by the Coastal Texas Study but will not be documented as a part of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)-required public comment period anticipated to be held in fall 2020. These public open houses are intended to inform and provide opportunities for the public to participate in the Coastal Texas Study.

Please note, these public open houses are not part of the formal NEPA process.


About the Study

In November 2015, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, in partnership with the Texas General Land Office, began an examination of the feasibility of constructing projects for coastal storm risk management and ecosystem restoration along the Texas coast.

 

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The Coastal Texas Protection and Restoration Feasibility Study, also known as the Coastal Texas Study, involves engineering, economic, and environmental analyses on large-scale projects, which may be considered by Congress for authorization and funding. Formal public meetings for the study were hosted in fall 2018, and – since this time – the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Texas General Land Office have been working together to refine the study based on public comments received at these meetings. Additional public open houses will be held in early 2020 to provide the public with updates regarding the study process and findings. Following a second public review and comment period in fall 2020 (which will include formal public meetings led by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the General Land Office), the feasibility study and report will be complete in 2021. The Coastal Texas Study recommendations will enhance resiliency in coastal communities and improve our capabilities to prepare for, resist, recover and adapt to coastal hazards.


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Coastal Storm Risk Management

Develop and evaluate coastal storm risk management solutions to reduce the damage from tropical storms and hurricanes incurred by coastal communities and industries.

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Ecosystem Restoration

Increase the net quality and quantity of coastal ecosystem resources by maintaining, protecting and restoring coastal Texas ecosystems, and fish and wildlife habitat.

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Environmental Impact Analyses

An environmental impact statement will be completed under the procedures of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).