Master Plan Covers 367-Mile Texas Coast

About 6.5 million people with total wages topping $37 billion reside along the Texas coast, as do bustling ports, military installations, 25 percent of the nation's refining capacity, and most of the nation’s strategic petroleum reserve. The Texas coast has undergone massive hits from hurricanes, and this, combined with the fact that 65 percent of the state’s Gulf shoreline is eroding at an average rate of two feet per year, means Texas is losing beachfront and leaving homes and businesses open to flooding and storm surge.

Realizing the severity of the situation, the Texas Coastal Resiliency Master Plan is underway, using grants and assistance from NOAA’s Office for Coastal Management. The plan will help safeguard the Texas coast through marine debris clean up and the restoration of dunes, beaches, wetlands, oyster reefs, and a rookery island. A natural infrastructure approach is an important part of the effort. Also targeted: stabilizing the Texas Gulf Intracoastal Waterway and strengthening protective barriers surrounding the Houston shipping channel to protect industries and densely populated neighborhoods. A vote on the management plan is expected in late 2017. (2017)

More Information: Texas Coastal Resiliency Master Plan

Partners: Texas Coastal Management Program, Texas General Land Office, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

Fast Fact: Did you know that Hurricane Harvey produced 60.58 inches of rainfall in Texas—the most ever recorded in the continental U.S. from a tropical cyclone? For more statistics related to this story, check out Weather Disasters and Marine Debris.