Gulf of Mexico
via U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

TX - Public Comment Period on Coastal Barrier Extended

Officials have heard the concerns for more time to comment on the Coastal Texas Study; now, residents have until Jan. 13 to submit feedback on the proposed coastal barrier projects.

On Oct. 30, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Texas General Land Office released the Coastal Texas Study, a $20.2 million study that has been ongoing since 2015 with the intent of identifying projects to protect the Bay Area from major storms.

The study calls for a $26.2 billion set of projects, which includes building gates between Galveston Island and Bolivar Peninsula; creating a ring barrier system of various defenses around Galveston Island; creating gate systems and pumps at Clear Lake and Dickinson Bay; creating miles of beaches and sand dunes along Galveston Island and Bolivar Peninsula; and conducting "nonstructural improvements," such as home elevations along the west side of the bay.

Originally, officials offered residents 45 days—or until Dec. 14—to submit feedback on the plan. Many environmentalists spoke out about this deadline and said it should be extended to allow more time for residents to read and understand the study and comment.

The new public comment deadline is Jan. 13, which means residents will have had a full 75 days since the study was released to comment on it, according to a GLO news release.

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