The SSPEED Center began conducting research based on lessons learned from Hurricane Ike in 2008 with the goal of better preparing and defending the region from future storm surge and flooding. Building on these research findings, the SSPEED Center’s current initiative is to create a comprehensive storm strategy for the region, known as the “Houston-Galveston Area Protection System” (H-GAPS). This includes structural and non-structural alternatives to protect residential and industrial developments in the region.
The Lone Star Coastal National Recreation Area (LSCNRA) is proposed as a non-structural hurricane damage mitigation strategy by the SSPEED Center. Non-structural alternatives are likely to be required as a part of any structural work funded by the federal government through the Corps of Engineers. As such, the LSCNRA is proposed to be paired with either a coastal barrier or in-bay solutions, or both.
The LSCNRA has been developed as a proposal by a coalition of local partners and a steering committee. This includes leadership by former Secretary of State James Baker, Houston businessman John Nau and Galvestonian Doug McLeod, as facilitated by the National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA). Over the past several months, a series of meetings have occurred with potential partners in the formation of this National Recreation Area which would be operated as unit of the National Park System. An economic study commissioned by NPCA and SSPEED Center found that such an eco-tourism facility could generate upwards of 5,000 jobs and add about $200 million to the local economy. This park system would be a network of existing public and non-governmental organization protected lands.
The Contested Issues Games Structuring Approach (CIGAS) Workshop with Partners at Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands.