Texas Rebuilds
The Texas General Land Office - George P. Bush, Commissioner


​​​​​​The Disaster Recovery Program provides funding for creative and substantive long-term planning studies and projects. This includes conducting resiliency studies to mitigate the effects of future disasters.

Harvey-Related Planning Initiative

In 2017, the GLO began an initiative to partner with State Universities to conduct various regional studies looking back at prior disasters as well as looking forward at how to better prepare for future disasters. Through this partnership, the GLO is able to work with subject matter experts from across the state to provide communities with the best possible resources in data analytics, storm modeling and resiliency planning. As a result of Hurricane Harvey, the GLO will be able to expand its work with state universities to provide further innovation to the recovery process.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS: Texas University Systems Request for Proposals Frequently Asked Questions, UPDATED February 22, 2018

MAP: 2017 Harvey Map - Most Impacted Assessment

University Partners:

Midwestern State UniversityStephen F. Austin State UniversityTexas A&M University System
Dr. Kathryn ZuckweilerDr. Pauline SampsonDr. Jon Mogford
Director, Office of Sponsored Dean of Research & Graduate StudiesVice Chancellor for Research
Programs & Researchsampsonp@sfasu.edujmogford@tamus.edu
Texas Southern UniversityTexas State SystemTexas Tech University System
Dominique CalhounCandice WoodruffDr. Joseph A. Heppert
Director of Government Director of Policy and PlanningVice President for 
and Community Relationsclw267@txstate.eduResearch at Texas Tech University
Texas Woman's UniversityUniversity of Houston SystemUniversity of North Texas System
Dr. Donna Scott TilleyDr. Amr ElnashaiDr. Narendra Dahotre
Vice Provost for ResearchVice Chancellor/Vice President for Associate Vice President of 
dtilley@twu.eduResearch and Technology TransferResearch & Innovation
The University of Texas System
Dr. Randy Charbeneau
Asst. Vice Chancellor for Research


Last updated March 12, 2018

Local Planning

Through CDBG-DR funds, the GLO has worked with communities to conduct local planning efforts following past disasters. These studies, ranging from drainage to economic development, have allowed communities to make informed decisions throughout the long-term recovery process and be better prepared for the next disaster. The GLO is committed to working with impacted communities on plans to ensure that we are not only rebuilding our state but doing so smarter and more resilient.


Regional Planning

The GLO has conducted a number of large scale studies in disaster impacted areas to assist communities in their planning efforts. These studies have largely covered infrastructure needs, including the Texas Coastal Infrastructure Study and the Storm Surge Suppression Study. These studies, along with additional studies conducted by the GLO's Coastal Protection Division, have provided a realistic approach to recovery that will mitigate damages from future disasters.

​The GLO is utilizing Huricanes Ike and Dolly grant funding to pay for three substantial planning studies.

Gulf Coast Community Protection and Recovery District (GCCPRD)

In 2013, GLO entered into an agreement with the GCCPRD to develop a storm surge suppression study in accordance with the standards of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.  The study area consists of the coastal areas around Brazoria, Chambers, Galveston, Harris, Jefferson, and Orange counties that could be impacted by future storm surges.  The study investigates options of reducing the vulnerability of the upper Texas coast to hurricane surge and flood damages. 

Start Date: 2013

Anticipated Completion Date: May 2018


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Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) Lower Rio Grande Valley (LRGV) Colonia Drainage Study

The purpose of the Stormwater Drainage Planning project is to develop the necessary drainage planning required to correct flooding problems in the wake of Hurricane Dolly, and the historical provision of public infrastructure and housing assistance to meet those needs in border and non-border colonias. The project area is defined as the colonias in the LRGV area, consisting of Cameron County, Hidalgo County and Willacy County.

Start Date: September 2013

Compled: December 2016


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 Texas Coastal Resiliency Study

The Texas Coastal Resiliency Study includes data gathering, analysis, and a summary recommendation for implementation for the GLO regarding the resiliency of the Texas coast. The study identifies physical elements including infrastructure and natural resources which will identify and determine the effectiveness of past recovery projects along the Texas coast. A list of recommended projects, with an emphasis on CDBG eligibility, will be compiled that would best improve overall resiliency of the Texas coast.

Start Date: October 2013

Completed: March 2016

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