The GLO has partnered with the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) on the Coastal Texas Study. The goal is to develop a Comprehensive Plan for Texas coastal zone for Flood Risk Management (FRM), Coastal Storm Risk Management (CSRM) and Ecosystem Restoration (ER), with specific feasibility-level focus to recommend projects for individual Congressional authorizations. A significant portion of GLO’s cost share is expected to be through work-in-kind by using GLO professional service providers to assist with the engineering and environmental analyses. The Coastal Texas Study encompasses 18 coastal counties along 400 miles of the Gulf Coast. The area is highly populated with over 6 million people and contains vital infrastructure that supports maritime trade, national security, and other Federal investment. The three ports on the Texas Coast export over $250 billion in goods each year. Refineries in the study area account for more than 25% of the nation's total refining capacity. In addition, with 3.9 million acres of wetlands and 235,000 acres of seagrass, Coastal Texas has one of the richest shorelines in terms of aquatic resources of national significance. In 2008, Hurricane Ike was responsible for nearly 200 deaths and $38 billion in damages.