Gulf coast community protection and recovery district (GCCPRD)

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Information about Gulf coast community protection and recovery district (GCCPRD)

Published on March 10, 2014

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Presented by Dannenbaum Engineering at the Texas Water Conservation Association Conference in The Woodlands, Texas - March 2014

Gulf Coast Community Protection and Recovery District (GCCPRD)

Purpose To investigate the feasibility of reducing the vulnerability of the upper Texas coast to hurricane surge and flood damages through the study of an integrated flood protection system that relies on natural or nature based features, nonstructural and structural interventions.

Study Area Facts • Includes Brazoria, Chambers, Galveston, Harris, Jefferson and Orange counties • Population of over 5 million people and growing • America’s largest concentration of energy, petrochemical and refining industries – 25% of the nation’s petroleum refining capability – 40% of the nation’s capacity for downstream chemical production – Fastest growing LNG industry in the nation • Contains the following ports: (National ranking in 2012) – Houston (2) – Beaumont (4) – Texas City (10) – Port Arthur (25) – Freeport (27) – Galveston (41) – Orange • Home to NASA • Booming fisheries and tourism industry • A coastal estuary system of national significance • A regional economy linked to all of Texas, the national economy and to national security

A Leadership Role Orange/Jefferson County Report Centennial Gate (SSPEED) Ike Dike (TAMU) USACE Viable Coastal Protection Plan GCCPRD The GCCPRD has an opportunity to assume a leadership role and work collaboratively with federal, state, local, and public and private institutions to develop a comprehensive coastal protection plan that meets the needs of the region and the nation.

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Flood Risk Management and Surge Suppression Planning What is the threat? What needs to be protected? How will we protect? How do we finance the final project?

Scope of Work The GCCPRD Coastal Protection Study includes all the planning activities associated with the development of viable long term plans and strategies to protect coastal communities region wide from storm surge and flooding caused by natural disasters. The study region consists of coastal areas that could be impacted by storm surges in or around Brazoria, Chambers, Galveston, Harris, Jefferson and Orange Counties, Texas. Phase I. Data Collection - Collect and analyze existing studies, reports and background data pertinent to the region. Phase II. Mitigation Technical Study - A major technical study to develop and confirm the optimal solutions and plans for adoption by the Texas General Land Office. Further refine the scope of the study through stakeholder interviews and public scoping meetings; evaluate protection methodologies; implement computer models to evaluate the effects of storms; and develop cost/benefit analyses. Phase III. Final Report and Recommendations - Mitigation and design strategies, and recommendations of resources necessary to move forward with the results.

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