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Southeast Texas Delegation Visits the Netherlands
Texas A&M University at Galveston
Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership
Bay Area Coastal Protection Alliance
Joint Legislative Committee Chairs
Other State and Local Elected Officials


A delegation of public officials, business leaders and other supporters of coastal issues, visited the Netherlands to tour the Dutch Delta Works, a series of construction projects that consist of dams, sluices, locks, dikes, levees, and storm surge barriers.  Scroll down the page for articles about the visit.

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April 25, 2017 -- Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush on Monday sent a letter, cosigned by more than 60 Texas leaders, to President Donald Trump urging the inclusion of a coastal barrier system for the Houston/Galveston by area in his national infrastructure plans. More
April 18, 2017 -- The Houston-Galveston Area Council Board of Directors today voted unanimously to enter into an interlocal agreement with the City of Houston for development of the Southeast Houston Mobility Plan. More
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March 31, 2017 -- The Texas Senate recently approved Senate Concurrent Resolution 32, legislation which urges Congress to provide sufficient federal funding for the construction of a storm surge barrier along the Texas coast. More
March 22, 2017 -- Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush today announced the completion of the Texas Coastal Resiliency Master Plan. More
March 08, 2017 -- Houston City Council Members Dave Martin and David Robinson have announced that April 5 has been selected as the new date for the Flooding and Storm Surge Symposium at the George R. Brown Convention Center. More
March 03, 2017 -- About 200 chamber of commerce and government representatives participated Wednesday in the first Galveston County Legislative Day at the Texas Capitol. More
December 19, 2016 -- Houston city council members David Robinson and Dave Martin will host a symposium on January 18 to discuss flooding and storm surge. More
December 15, 2016 -- The Gulf Coast Community Protection and Recovery District on Wednesday announced that its Upper Texas Coastal Hurricane Storm Surge Suppression Study received Gold and Silver medals from the American Council of Engineering Companies of Texas. More
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December 10, 2016 -- United States Senator John Cornyn today issued a statement following the passage of the Water Resources Development Act, which includes a provision he added to streamline the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers coastal surge protection study along the upper Texas Gulf Coast. More
October 06, 2016 -- The Texas Joint Interim Committee to Study a Coastal Barrier System held a hearing on Wednesday to hear further testimony regarding a proposal to protect the Texas Gulf Coast, particularly the Houston-Galveston region, from hurricane storm surge events. More
September 15, 2016 -- United States Senator John Cornyn today issued a statement regarding the Senate's passage of the Water Resources Development Act, which includes a provision to help streamline the United States Army Corps of Engineers' coastal protection study along the Texas Upper Gulf Coast. More
September 07, 2016 -- Morgan's Point Mayor Michel Bechtel recently met with Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush at the Gulf Coast Industry Forum, where they discussed hurricane storm surge protection. More
August 12, 2016 -- The Center for Houston's Future recently hosted a panel of experts for a discussion on storm surge protection and response. More
June 29, 2016 -- The City of Morgan's Point and the Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership on Wednesday issued a news release in response to the Gulf Coast Community Protection and Recovery District's Phase 3 Report of its Storm Surge Suppression Study. More
June 24, 2016 -- The Gulf Coast Community Protection and Recovery District, Inc. today issued a news release regarding the completion of its Storm Surge Suppression Study Phase 3 Report, which provides recommended actions. More
June 24, 2016 -- The Gulf Coast Community Protection and Recovery District, Inc., has released the Phase 3 Report for its Storm Surge Suppression Study, with a recommendation on an alternative for mitigating storm surge impacts along the Southeast Texas Coast. More
June 10, 2016 -- The Galveston Alliance of Island Neighborhoods will host a presentation on Tuesday by Jim Blackburn and Dr. Phil Bedient with the SSPEED Center at Rice University regarding measures to protect the Galveston area from severe storm events. More
May 26, 2016 -- United States Senator John Cornyn today spoke on the Senate floor regarding the COAST Act, which is aimed at expediting the process of studying and beginning construction on a federally-funded coastal protection project along the Texas Gulf Coast. More w/Video
May 13, 2016 -- Congressman Randy Weber today announced that he has introduced legislation to expedite the United States Corps of Engineers' Coastal Texas Protection and Restoration Study, which could provide infrastructure projects to protect Texas from storms. More
May 04, 2016 -- The Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership hosted a breakfast on Monday for Henne Schuwer, Netherlands Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to America, based in Washington, D.C.. More
April 29, 2016 -- Morgan's Point Mayor Michel Bechtel recently visited with United States Senator John Cornyn to discuss hurricane storm surge protection for the Galveston Bay and Houston Ship Channel area. More
April 28, 2016 -- United States Senator John Cornyn today announced that he has introduced legislation to speed up the United States Army Corps of Engineers' feasibility studies, and streamline the authorization process for federally funded coastal protection projects along the Texas Gulf Coast. More
April 13, 2016 -- Rice University's Severe Storm Prediction, Education and Evacuation from Disasters Center and Texas A&M University's Center for Texas Beaches and Shores will host a conference on April 26-27 to discuss how to protect Houston and Galveston from the impacts of powerful storms. More w/Video
April 01, 2016 -- The Gulf Coast Community Protection and Recovery District on Thursday held the third in a series of public scoping meetings to review the findings of the second phase of the six-county district’s Storm Surge Suppression Study. More w/ Video
March 30, 2016 -- Morgan's Point Mayor Michel Bechtel recently met with Congressman Steve Scalise, House Majority Whip, to discuss the issue of local storm surge protection. More
March 25, 2016 -- The Gulf Coast Community Protection and Recovery District has rescheduled the March 29 public meeting in Orange to April 14 due to recent flooding in the area. More
March 23, 2016 -- The Rotary Club of Galveston on Tuesday hosted Colonel Len Waterworth, who delivered an update regarding the proposed “Ike Dike” and coastal storm surge suppression. More
March 14, 2016 -- Seabrook Mayor Glenn Royal today wrote a letter asking the community to support the "coastal spine" alternative in the Gulf Coast Community Protection and Recovery District's Storm Surge Suppression Study. More
March 03, 2016 -- The Gulf Coast Community Protection and Recovery District will host a series of meetings in March to receive feedback regarding the Storm Surge Suppression Study. More
February 18, 2016 -- Seabrook Mayor Glenn Royal today encouraged residents to attend a March 3 event to discuss steps to take to safeguard the Houston region against the potential impact of strong hurricanes. More
February 16, 2016 -- The Gulf Coast Community Protection and Recovery District will host a meeting on February 23 at the Jefferson County Courthouse to present the Phase 2 findings of the Storm Suppression Study. More
November 12, 2015 -- Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy today announced that a research paper by experts at the university find that new structural and nonstructural solutions could better protect the Houston-Galveston Region from the impact of hurricanes and severe storms. More
September 01, 2015 -- Rice University's Severe Storm Prediction, Education and Evacuation from Disasters Center today announced that it has added a mid-bay floodgate option to its alternatives for protecting the Houston-Galveston area from storm surge events. More w/Video
May 12, 2015 -- The American Shore & Beach Preservation Association has reported on a study of comparisons of "hard structures" and a "natural system" of coastal buffers. More
April 15, 2015 -- Galveston County Commissioners Court on Tuesday met in workshop with representatives of Texas A&M University at Galveston and the Bay Area Coastal Protection Alliance, who complained that the six-county Gulf Coast Community Protection and Recovery District and the United States Army Corps of Engineers are moving too slowly on development of a coastal protection system. More
March 31, 2015 -- The Texas House of Representatives Land and Resource Management Committee, chaired by Representative Joe Deshotel, on Monday voted unanimously to move legislation continuing the Joint Interim Committee on Coastal Barrier Systems to the full House. More
March 16, 2015 -- The Gulf Coast Community Protection and Recovery District Storm Surge Suppression Study Team has presented its Phase I Report for public review and comment. More
February 28, 2015 -- The Gulf Coast Community Protection and Recovery District, Inc. Board of Directors met on Friday at the Galveston County Courthouse. More
February 20, 2015 -- Dr. Sam Brody of Texas A&M University at Galveston, holder of the George P. Mitchell Chair in Sustainable Coasts, was the featured speaker at this week’s meeting of the Seabrook Rotary Club. More
January 18, 2015 -- The Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership presented the Quasar Award to Dr. William Merrell and installed Vic Pierson as 2015 chair at its annual banquet on Friday. More
January 13, 2015 -- The American Shore and Beach Preservation Association has posted a news release "In Defense of Dunes" reporting on a study inspired both by research done in the wake of Superstorm Sandy and the growing interest in more resilient coasts using more natural means when possible. More
December 16, 2014 -- Former Galveston mayor Louis Rosen and his wife, Fredell Pollack Rosen, who is president of the Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership's Coastal Storm Protection Alliance, hosted a reception at their home for visiting researchers who are collaborating on storm surge suppression solutions. More
December 15, 2014 -- The director and project manager of the Rice University SSPEED Center, who are now collaborating with scientists at Texas A&M University at Galveston on storm surge protection research, were hosted at a reception at Moody Gardens Sunday night. More
December 14, 2014 -- The Gulf Coast Community Protection and Recovery District on Thursday held the third of three public scoping meetings to gain input on storm surge protection solutions for the $3.9 million study being conducted by the six-county district. More
December 11, 2014 -- The final public scoping meeting for a Storm Surge Suppression Study being conducted by the Gulf Coast Community Protection and Recovery District will be held tonight at the Jefferson County Courthouse in Beaumont. More
December 10, 2014 -- The Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership will honor Dr. Bill Merrell, the George P. Mitchell ’40 chair in Marine Sciences at Texas A&M University at Galveston and president of Merrell Historic Properties, Inc., with its prestigious 2015 Quasar Award for Exceptional Leadership in Economic Development to be presented during the organization’s 22nd annual Quasar Award Banquet on January 16, 2015, at the South Shore Harbour Resort and Conference Center in League City. More
December 05, 2014 -- The Gulf Coast Community Protection and Recovery District on Thursday held the first of three public scoping meetings to gain input on storm surge protection solutions for the $3.9 million study being conducted by the six-county district. More
December 01, 2014 -- The Gulf Coast Community Protection and Recovery District held a news conference this morning in the Harris County Commissioners Courtroom to announce a series of public scoping meetings to encourage public participation and feedback in the Storm Surge Suppression Study. More
November 26, 2014 -- The Gulf Coast Community Protection and Recovery District will host a media briefing on December 1 to launch a series of scoping meetings in December to gather input concerning the Storm Surge Suppression Study. More
November 17, 2014 -- The Gulf Coast Community Protection and Recovery District will host a series of public scoping meetings in December to gather feedback on the Storm Surge Suppression Study. More
November 13, 2014 -- Officials in the Netherland recently had occasion to begin the process of closing their storm barriers due to the threat of a large surge from a storm in the North Sea. More
November 11, 2014 -- The American Institute of Architects Houston Urban Design Committee and the Houston-Galveston Area Council on Monday hosted a panel discussion and community dialogue on coastal resiliency. More
November 07, 2014 -- The AIA Houston Urban Design Committee and the Houston-Galveston Area Council will host a panel discussion on coastal resiliency on Monday at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston. More
October 27, 2014 -- Mitchell Rapp has questioned Guidry News Service coverage of storm surge issues. More
October 27, 2014 -- The Severe Storm Prediction, Education, and Evacuation from Disasters Center at Rice University has published a report that contends that the building of a Coastal Spine such as the proposed Ike Dike would not protect areas around Galveston Bay from storm surges. More
October 10, 2014 -- Harris County Judge Ed Emmett had scheduled a meeting of the six county Gulf Coast Community Protection and Recovery District for Thursday afternoon in the Harris County Commissioners Courtroom, in order to hear a presentation to provide details about the GCCPRD Storm Surge Suppression Study. More
October 09, 2014 -- Beach City City Council on September 23 approved a resolution in support of the Ike Dike concept proposed by Dr. William Merrell of Texas A&M University at Galveston; and also approved a resolution in opposition to the Centennial Gate concept proposed by the SSPEED Center at Rice University. More
October 07, 2014 -- Ruud Staverman, Coordinator Internationaal at Rijkswaterstaat, who helped host the Visit to the Netherlands by a delegation of Southeast Texans, has provided additional documentation of the trip; and also reported on a recent visit to the Netherlands by Houston Mayor Annise Parker. More
October 05, 2014 -- The Southeast Texas delegation to the Netherlands last week included two state senators, four state representatives, four mayors and two members of Houston City Council. More
September 30, 2014 -- The visit to the Netherlands by a group of Texans to tour the storm surge protection system that the Dutch launched after the disastrous 1953 flood wrapped up on Tuesday. More
September 30, 2014 -- The final day of the visit to the Netherlands by a group of Texans to tour the Dutch storm surge protection system included a visit to the Eastern Scheldt Barrier. More
September 30, 2014 -- The delegation of Southeast Texans visited the Sand Motor project, a huge volume of sand that was applied along the coast of Zuid-Holland at Ter Heijde in 2011. More
September 29, 2014 -- The visit to the Netherlands by the Southeast Texas delegation included a briefing on the importance of the country’s 24 water authorities. More
September 29, 2014 -- The Southeast Texas delegation visited Delft Monday afternoon, with a stop at Deltares, an independent, institute for applied research in the field of water, subsurface and infrastructure. More
September 29, 2014 -- The delegation of Southeast Texans visiting the Netherlands stopped at Katwijk Barrier Project on Monday. More
September 28, 2014 -- The delegation of Texans visiting the Netherlands to tour the storm surge protection system installed after the disastrous flood of 1953 on Sunday visited the Maeslant Barrier, a huge flood gate the size of the Eiffel Tower if laid on its side, to observe the annual test closing. More
September 28, 2014 -- Report from the Netherlands: Jim Guidry reports that the delegation from Texas has arrived in the Netherlands. More
September 26, 2014 -- Texas A&M University at Galveston, in partnership with the Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership's Bay Area Coastal Protection Alliance, is leading a delegation from Southeast Texas that is visiting Netherlands this weekend for a tour of the Delta Works, a series of construction projects that consist of dams, sluices, locks, dikes, levees, and storm surge barriers. More
September 19, 2014 -- The Harris County Mayors’ & Councils’ Association on Thursday voted unanimous support for a Coastal Barrier System. More
August 17, 2014 -- Guidry News Service has published numerous articles about Dr. William Merrell's proposed Ike Dike since he first proposed it in 2008. More
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