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State of Texas
Draft plan for RESTORE funds posted
News Release
Thursday, July 12, 2018

TCEQ Commissioner Toby Baker solicits public comment

“As Governor Abbott’s appointee to the federal RESTORE Council, I have posted for public comment on the Texas RESTORE website the draft Texas State Expenditure Plan,” says TCEQ Commissioner Toby Baker. “Due to the devastating and long-range effects of Hurricane Harvey, Governor Abbott and I determined that this Texas SEP will focus on hurricane recovery efforts, both ecological and economic, as well as resiliency-related programs for a 14-county area.”
A SEP, approved by the federal RESTORE Council, is required to secure RESTORE grant funds under the Spill Impact Component (also known as Bucket 3) of the federal RESTORE Act. Approximately $31 million will be available to fund activities in an approved Texas SEP. The fourteen counties eligible to receive these grants funds are listed in the draft plan.

Because communities directly affected by Hurricane Harvey continue to face challenges, it is critical to move quickly to secure these federal RESTORE Bucket 3 grant funds. To that end, the proposed SEP takes a programmatic approach. Selection of specific projects will be done after the RESTORE Council approves the plan in conjunction with the Governor’s Commission to Rebuild Texas.

The 45-day comment period will end at 5:00 pm Central time on Monday, Aug. 27.  Written comments should be submitted electronically to

Commissioner Baker states, “I look forward to receiving constructive comments on the draft SEP that will allow for the submission of a plan to the RESTORE Council that will provide financial assistance and relief to our Texas coastal communities affected by this devastating hurricane.”

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