As a decade-long study of how to protect the Texas Gulf Coast from storm damage nears its end, local officials are now considering ways to fund locally what could be a $23 billion-$32 billion federal project.

State Sen. Larry Taylor, R-Friendswood; Col. Len Waterworth, executive professor at Texas A&M University at Galveston; and Morgan’s Point Mayor Michel Bechtel spoke during an Aug. 10 webinar hosted by the Bay Area Houston Transportation Partnership. The officials shared details on Coastal Texas Study, which the Texas General Land Office and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have been conducting over the last several years ever since officials in 2008 proposed building the “Ike Dike” to stop the Texas coast from flooding during hurricanes.

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