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Lone Star Coastal National Recreation Area (LSCNRA)

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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.

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    2016 H-GAPS Report
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    Notable Meetings
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    On October 14, 2016, the SSPEED Center hosted a meeting, "A System of Systems Approach to Building Resilience to Surge and Nuisance Flooding under Present and Future Conditions."...

    SSPEED Students & Researchers Trip to New Orleans









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