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Gulf Coast Protection District

The Gulf Coast Protection District was created in 2021 by the 87th regular Texas Legislature to oversee the implementation of an integrated and comprehensive coastal resilience strategy for the upper Texas coast. Specifically, this includes assuming the role of non-Federal sponsor for major portions of the federally funded and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers led Coastal Texas Project and Sabine Pass to Galveston Bay Coastal Storm Risk Management Project.

Learn more about the Coastal Texas Project Learn more about the Sabine Pass to Galveston Bay Project

These transformative programs will deliver critically needed protection from coastal storm surge for the communities, nationally important industries, and vital ecosystems across the Texas coast. Upon completion of construction, the Gulf Coast Protection District will operate and maintain these improvements in conjunction with local jurisdictions.

The Gulf Coast Protection District contains approximately 5,220 square miles of land covering Chambers, Galveston, Harris, Jefferson, and Orange counties.

Our Mission is to protect Texas Gulf Coast communities, the environment, and economic activity from storm surge.

Latest News and Resources

July 10th Meeting Cancelled

Jul 9, 2024

The Gulf Coast Protection District (GCPD) Board of Directors meeting scheduled for July 10th has been cancelled. This site will be updated once a new meeting date has been set. 


Smithsonian Magazine: Galveston’s Texas-Size Plan to Stop the Next Big Storm

Jun 27, 2024

Thank you to the Smithsonian for their thoughtful and detailed article. This piece provides great context on the development of the Coastal Texas Project.


Gulf Coast Protection District Prepares for Future Storms - Fiscal Notes (Texas Comptroller)

May 31, 2024

Fiscal Notes staff spoke with GCPD executive director Nicole Sunstrum and board member Sally Bakko to learn more about this special purpose district and how it’s working to defend Texans and industry supply chains along the upper Gulf coast from catastrophic storm surge.


NEWS RELEASE: Coastal Texas Project Provided Funding in FY 2024 Work Plan

May 15, 2024

CLEAR LAKE, TX – On May 13, 2024, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) published its 2024 Work Plan allocating a first installment of Federal funding to the Coastal Texas Project.

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