Gulf of Mexico

Coastal Spine

The Army Corps of Engineers is proposing a coastal barrier system to protect Galveston Bay and its barrier islands. The current proposal focuses on hard infrastructure to provide protection – but at what cost?

Our coast is increasingly vulnerable to storm surges. For years, proposed large-scale, costly infrastructure projects around, along, and between Galveston Island and Bolivar Peninsula have been touted as solutions. They’ve gone by names like the “Ike Dike,” the “Coastal Spine,” and the “Mid-Bay Alternative”.

In October 2018, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is expected to release a Draft Feasibility Study and Environmental Impact Statement that will propose a solution that will cost billions of dollars – but which will significantly change the nature of Galveston Island and Bolivar Peninsula –  while continuing to leave many communities unprotected from future storms. The public will have 75 days to comment – ending on January 9, 2019.

Drawing on our science, policy, and legal expertise, Bayou City Waterkeeper stands ready to push the Corps to adopt nature-based solutions that will protect what our communities hold most dear: our homes, our ecosystems that provide bountiful seafood to our families and the nation, and our beautiful beaches. The Corps must adopt solutions that will allow us to live on the coast in sustainable, thriving communities for generations to come.

Explore the Footprint

View our interactive map that shows where the footprint of the coastal spine will be placed based on GIS files obtained through a request to the Army Corps of Engineers.