In November 2015, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), in partnership with the Texas General Land Office (GLO), initiated the Coastal Texas Protection and Restoration Feasibility Study, also known as the Coastal Texas Study, to determine the feasibility of constructing coastal storm risk management and ecosystem restoration features using a multiple lines of defense strategy along the Texas coast. The project feature selection process resulted in six coastal storm risk management options and nine large-scale ecosystem restoration features that were evaluated for engineering, economic and environmental viability and reviewed under the National Environmental Policy Act, to determine feasibility for Congressional consideration.

The Coastal Texas Study was budgeted at $19.8 million with a 50/50 federal to non‑federal cost share split. A significant portion of the GLO’s cost share was provided through work‑in‑kind contracts with GLO professional service providers, until the Bipartisan Budget Act eliminated the cost share requirement.

The results of the engineering, economic and environmental examinations will result in a recommended plan that consists of coastal storm risk management and ecosystem restoration features.  This plan will be submitted to Congress for authorization and funding. The USACE and GLO will continue to coordinate with local entities to identify implementing sponsors for design and construction of the Congressionally approved project features. The Coastal Texas Study is scheduled to be completed in 2021.

The study area consists of 18 counties along the entire Texas Gulf Coast

Major Milestones for the Development of the Coastal Texas Study


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