Join us on November 19 at 6:00pm for a public forum to discuss the proposed Coastal Barrier project. Co-hosted by Bayou City Waterkeeper, Galveston Bay Foundation, Healthy Gulf, and Turtle Island Restoration Network.
As the Army Corps finalizes its proposed coastal projects in its Coastal Feasibility Study, there are many lingering questions and concerns about the risk to Galveston Bay, the financial and economic cost to our communities, and the effectiveness of its design. The current design of the Coastal Barrier includes a series of gates that will stretch the two-mile length of Bolivar Roads, twin sand dunes (12 and 14-foot high), and an expansion of the beach 250 ft gulf-ward across most of the shoreline on Bolivar Peninsula and Galveston Island. The design also includes a ring barrier around the eastern portion of Galveston Island to address bayside flooding, and investments in ecosystem restoration. The total cost of the Coastal Barrier now totals between approximately $14 and 18 billion.
Protecting our communities is critical; but we shouldn’t wait for a “silver bullet” solution that will take decades to build and could potentially destroy Galveston Bay. Dr. John Anderson (Rice University), Dr Azure Bevington, Scott Jones (GBF), Jordan Macha (BCWK), Joanie Steinhaus (TIRN), and Naomi Yoder (Healthy Gulf), will be present to discuss the proposed alternatives for coastal barrier protection and the potential impacts of these structures. We hope you'll join us!
While you're here: Take Action Today! Send a message to the Army Corps asking that they extend the comment period and to fully address the impacts to Galveston Bay.
Take Action Here: https://bayoucitywaterkeeper.salsalabs.org/action_coastalbarrier2020/index.html