Importance of Environmental Resiliency Along the Texas Coast Highlighted

Image source: Texas A&M University Galveston Campus

Dr. Sam Brody, director of the The Center for Texas Beaches and Shores at TAMUG, spoke on April 13th at the Texas A&M Foundation Legacy Society Celebration in College Station about flood mitigation and ecological and environmental resiliency along the Texas coast.

During his presentation, Dr. Brody highlighted the causes and effects of flooding in Houston, especially in light of Hurricane Harvey.

Dr. Brody also presented about the Ike Dike, a large-scale and big-picture gate/barrier system that would help protect Galveston, Houston, the Bolivar Peninsula, and communities in between from future hurricane-generated storm surges.

Modeled after the Dutch gates used in Rotterdam Harbor, the Ike Dike would involve building 55 miles of dune barriers and environmental gates at the mouth of the Houston Ship Channel.

Developed in collaboration with Bill Merrell, the George P. Mitchell ‘40 Chair in Marine Sciences, the Ike Dike gained renewed attention after Hurricane Harvey impacted the greater Houston area last year.

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