Commissioner Dawn Buckingham announces more than $125 million in Regional Mitigation Program projects

Funds to improve street, water and drainage facilities approved in Austin, Bee, Chambers, Galveston, Jasper, Newton, Nueces, Polk, Refugio, Sabine, San Jacinto, San Patricio, Tyler, and Wharton Counties

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PRESS RELEASE — Sep 22, 2023

AUSTIN — Today, Texas Land Commissioner Dawn Buckingham, M.D. announced the Texas General Land Office (GLO) approved $125,504,800 in regional mitigation funds for 16 federally eligible infrastructure projects to improve streets as well as water and drainage facilities in the cities of Aransas Pass, Beeville, El Campo, Friendswood, Gregory, Hemphill, Ivanhoe, Mathis, Refugio, and Woodville and the counties of Austin, Chambers, Jasper, Sabine and Wharton in addition to the Deep East Texas Council of Government (DETCOG). Through the Regional Mitigation Program, the GLO enabled local prioritization, which will have a tremendous impact across multiple regions.

"The General Land Office is helping to empower communities to move forward projects that will protect the homes and businesses of those who live there," Commissioner Buckingham said. "Locally led prioritization of mitigation projects is important because it strengthens critical infrastructure and protects communities against the impacts of natural disasters. I am proud of the work being done at the Texas General Land Office to not only helping those in need but support our communities as they grow."

Download a PDF of the data in the table below.


Project Title


Amount Awarded

Coastal Bend Council of Governments (CBCOG)

City of Aransas Pass

City of Aransas Pass Stormwater Pump Station # 3 Euclid



City of Beeville

City of Beeville Water Improvements



City of Gregory

Wastewater Treatment Plan Improvements

San Patricio


Town of Refugio

Street and drainage improvements



City of Mathis

Water and wastewater improvements

San Patricio


Deep East Texas Council of Government (DETCOG)


Broad and interoperable radio communications infrastructure

Newton, Polk, Jasper, Tyler, San Jacinto


City of Hemphill

Street improvements



City of Ivanhoe

Street improvements



Jasper County

Construct Community Resource Centers, reconstruct roadways, and install elevated water storage tanks



Sabine County

Street improvements



City of Woodville

Street improvements



Houston-Galveston Area Council (HGAC)

Austin County

Street and drainage improvements



Chambers County

Drainage improvements



City of El Campo

Drainage and storm sewer improvements



City of Friendswood

Ground Water Storage Tank at Ground Water Plant 4 and Annalea Neighborhood Improvements



Wharton County

Drainage improvements







Click here for the project summaries.

*Aransas Pass project approved in June, being celebrated with a check presentation today.

Texas GLO Regional Mitigation Program Council of Government Method of Distribution (COG MOD):

The Texas General Land Office (GLO) allocated $1,166,997,000 in Community Development Block Grant Mitigation (CDBG-MIT) funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for the Regional Mitigation Program to reduce the risks and impacts of future natural disasters. Each Council of Government (COG) with HUD-designated eligible counties developed a method of distribution (MOD) for allocation of funds to units of local governments. Each COG developed their MOD through extensive public participation.

HUD defines mitigation as activities that increase resilience to disasters and reduce or eliminate the long-term risk of loss of life, injury, damage to and loss of property, and suffering and hardship, by lessening the impact of future disasters. HUD requires that at least 50% of total funds must be used for activities benefiting low- to moderate-income (LMI) persons. For more information, please visit

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