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Even the smallest parts of plan will impact Galveston

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Every component stands to change the landscape for people, wildlife and businesses.

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Members of the Gulf Coast Protection District Board listen to an update about a proposed site for the Galveston Ring Barrier System near the West End Seawall in Galveston on Wednesday, April 13, 2022.

Members of the Gulf Coast Protection District Board listen to an update about a proposed site for the Galveston Ring Barrier System near the West End Seawall in Galveston on Wednesday, April 13, 2022.

Elizabeth Conley, Houston Chronicle / Staff photographer

GALVESTON — Federal engineers envisioned a massive version of the “Ike Dike” plan to protect the region from hurricane storm surge. It’s currently sitting with lawmakers, who have to decide whether to pay their share of the $29 billion proposal and move the years-long project ahead.

Those weighing these ideas must consider a granular level of detail, block-by-block, as a recent bus tour of the concept with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers made clear. Every component of the new infrastructure stands to change the landscape for people, wildlife and businesses. Each small choice for the huge project matters, such as which homes get left unprotected and what color sand is used to build dunes.

Read the entire article at HoustonChronicle.com.




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