HOUSTON – Texas has been awarded a $2,860,000 federal grant to restore and develop Texas’ Gulf Coast, U.S. Senator John Cornyn announced today. This grant will go towards installing surface elevation tables to monitor the extreme shoreline erosion rates across the Texas coast and how they are affected by sea level rise. It comes from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Coastal Zone Management Program.
“By taking care of our treasured coastline, we can ensure Texans can enjoy recreation and help protect our communities from storms in the Gulf,” said Sen. Cornyn. “I applaud area leaders for their work to obtain this grant, and I’m grateful to the Trump Administration for supporting Texans along the Gulf Coast.”
This federal grant will support:
- The Galveston Bay Coalition of Watersheds, which is working to bring stakeholders throughout the Galveston Bay together to implement regional watershed-based plans;
- The permitting and design for a living shoreline project that will protect Fulton Beach Roadfrom erosion and flooding;
- The construction of a storm surge barrier and emergency vehicle drive-over in South Padre Island;
- The restoration of approximately 16 acres of a coastal wetland park in Houston;
- The development of sustainable drainage regulations for the city of Port Aransas; and
- The engineering and design of beach access improvements using green techniques in South Padre Island.
Senator John Cornyn, a Republican from Texas, is a member of the Senate Finance, Intelligence, and Judiciary Committees.