With 367 miles of Gulf beaches and more than 3,300 miles of bays and estuaries, Texas has one of the longest coastlines in the country. The GLO Hurricane Preparedness and Planning initiative is a focused effort to pool local, state and federal resources, and begin prioritizing efforts to build a resilient Texas coast.
"By working together as a region - combining and coordinating local, state and federal resources, we will directly address ongoing threats to the Texas coast for future generations." - George P. Bush, Texas Land Commissioner
Texas Coastal Resiliency Master Plan
The GLO is developing a comprehensive, long-term planning framework to ensure a resilient ecologic and economic management of the Texas coast.
Coastal Texas Protection and Restoration Feasibility Study (Corps Study)
The USACE in partnership with the GLO will investigate the feasibility of projects for flood reduction, hurricane and storm damage mitigation and ecosystem restoration along the entire Texas coast. The end product will be a comprehensive plan that could include large-scale hurricane surge protection projects. This study will be conducted in coordination with the Texas Coastal Resiliency Mater Plan.
Storm Surge Suppression Study
In 2013, the GLO entered into an agreement with the Gulf Coast Community Protection and Recovery District (GCCPRD) to conduct a three phase Storm Surge Suppression Study. The study is a technical, scientific based effort to investigate opportunities to alleviate the vulnerability of the upper Texas coast to storm surge and flooding.
Texas Coastal Infrastructure Study
The Texas Coastal Infrastructure Study identifies the critical infrastructure assets, such as water treatment facilities, roads and bridges, within the 22 county coastal study area that are most vulnerable to future storm impacts similar to those experienced during Hurricanes Dolly and Ike.
Sabine Pass to Galveston Bay Study
The United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is mandated to determine the level of practicality and feasibility of potential coastal storm risk management and ecosystem restoration projects within Brazoria County and the Jefferson-Orange County study area. The USACE is required to conduct this study to determine if there is a federal interest in constructing such projects, and if so, to recommend projects for Congressional approval . The GLO is the non-federal sponsor.