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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

June 12th Public Meeting Notice

Jun 7, 2024

The Gulf Coast Protection District (GCPD) Board of Directors will be having a public meeting to discuss district business. Members of the public may participate.

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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.

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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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NEWS RELEASE: Coastal Texas Project Ranked #1, District Projects Prominently Featured, in Draft 2024 State Flood Plan

May 10, 2024

HOUSTON, Texas – The Gulf Coast Protection District (GCPD) is pleased to report that its projects are featured prominently in the Draft 2024 Texas State Flood Plan, released by the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) on May 10, 2024.

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Gulf Coast Protection District Issues 2023 Annual Report

Apr 24, 2024

The Gulf Coast Protection District has issued its 2023 Annual Report detailing the activities and accomplishments of the past year and forecasting upcoming activities for 2024.

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NEWS RELEASE: Galveston County Appoints Larry Taylor to GCPD Board of Directors

Apr 17, 2024

CLEAR LAKE, Texas – The Gulf Coast Protection District (GCPD) is pleased to announce that former State Senator Larry Taylor has joined the GCPD Board of Directors.

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