Austin: General Land Office awards $10 million for shoreline preservation projects

Featured photo: A family of black-bellied whistling ducks in the Packery Channel Nature Park, which will receive $3.6 million in funds.

Published: 21-03-2022

Austin (Travis County) – The Texas General Land Office (GL) awarded $10 million for projects in nine coastal counties through its Coastal Management Program (CPM) grant cycle 27.

Twelve of these projects, representing approximately $2 million in federal funds, will improve management of the state’s coastal resources and ensure long-term ecological and economic productivity of the coast by using The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) funds.

Awarded projects will add equipment for improved beach access in multiple locations, as well as greater resources to collect critical information for coastal management databases.

The other seven “Special Merit Projects” will receive approximately $8 million in public funds through the Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act. The bulk of these projects will provide funds for continued partnerships between GLO, partner agencies and research universities to update coastal wetland maps and build a living coastline to improve the overall resilience of the rating.

The CMP focuses on four main issues of concern to coastal communities: improving public access, data collection, coastal risk and resilience planning, and improving coastal resources.

A list of counties and projects receiving grants can be found here.

Edited from the press release.

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Gregory M. Roy