Coastwide Erosion Response Plan
The Coastwide Erosion Response Plan identifies critical coastal erosion areas designated by the Texas Land Commissioner to assist in prioritizing coastal erosion response projects and studies. The Land Office developed the original plan in 1996. It was updated in 2004 and 2009 and is currently being updated in 2014.
The Plan includes an economic analysis that tested a “no action” response to the location of a 50-year shoreline erosion line in seven priority areas along the Texas Gulf Coast. This analysis estimated damages to structures and land and compared beach visitation benefits for different beach loss scenarios. Recommendations were included to provide guidance for achieving the greatest state benefit with public funds while responding to storm events and long term erosion.
Local Government Erosion Response Plans (ERP)
In 2009 the legislature passed a law requiring coastal governments to establish and implement a plan to reduce public expenditures for erosion and storm damage losses to public and private property, including pubic beaches. Plans may include provisions for establishing a building setback, protecting public beach access and the public beach easement, and procedures for preserving, restoring, and enhancing critical sand dunes that are necessary to protect public and private property from storms and erosion.
Local governments are required to use the information in the statewide ERP and historical erosion rates published online by the University of Texas Bureau of Economic Geology to develop their plans. The Erosion Response Plans were formally adopted by rule and incorporated in the local dune protection and beach access plans.