Comment Period on Coastal Texas Study Extended to Jan. 13

December 9, 2020

The public comment period on a state/federal study of needs and opportunities along the Texas coast has been extended for another month, according to the Texas General Land Office.

The GLO and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) have extended the comment period on the draft report for Texas Coastal Study until Jan. 13, 2021. The original deadline was Dec. 14, 2020.

The Coastal Texas Study Draft Report was released on Oct. 30, 2020, and opened for a 45-day public review and comment period ending on Dec.14, 2020. The intent of the public comment period is to receive ideas and concerns from the citizens of Texas.

The GLO and USACE have already hosted four National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) required public meetings where attendees received a detailed overview of the Second Draft Proposal. The final two NEPA public meetings occurred Dec. 8, 2020.

In addition to the NEPA required public meetings, the GLO and the USACE have also held two public information sessions to answer the public’s questions and explain study features. Videos from these public meetings can also be found on the study website.

The GLO and USACE have also made interactive GIS StoryMap technology available to the public to animate the complicated concepts discussed in the Draft Proposal. The GIS StoryMaps allow the public to:

  • See the difference in flooding this project could make in the Houston and Galveston areas
  • Experience a virtual landscape with the proposed beach and dune systems in place
  • Examine potential environmental impacts and review our proposed mitigation plans

The StoryMaps can be accessed here or through the Coastal Texas Study website.

View and download the report here. To submit a comment or ask a question by mail, e-mail, or phone, the public can see contact information and further instructions on the Coastal Texas Study website.

Source: Texas GLO

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