Stories to follow in 2019: Army Corps will consult international, local experts to refine Texas coastal barrier plan


WHAT WE REPORTED The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in late October released a feasibility study of constructing a multi billion-dollar Texas coastal barrier that would stretch 76 miles along Galveston Island and the Bolivar Peninsula. The barrier, which could take 10-50 years to build if approved by Congress in 2021, would help protect the coast, including the Bay Area and oil companies, from damage during catastrophic storms.

THE LATEST Other groups have all recently released coastal studies of their own. The Army Corps will work with these groups to see what parts they can borrow to improve their plan, Army Corps project manager Kelly Burks-Copes said.

Early next year the Army Corps and the GLO will bring in officials that have successfully implemented storm-surge barriers in other countries to assess the Texas coastal barrier plan.

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Jake Magee has been a print journalist for a few years, covering topics such as city government, education, business and more. Starting off at a daily newspaper in southern Wisconsin, Magee covered two small cities before being promoted to covering city government in the heart of newspaper's coverage area. He moved to Houston in mid-2018 to be an editor with Community Impact. In his free time, Magee enjoys playing video games, jamming on the drums and bass, longboarding and petting his cat.
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