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Hurricane Protection and Environmental Restoration - Restore ...

November 16, 2010Hurricane Protectionand EnvironmentalRestorationPresented by:Colonel (Ret.) Leonard Waterworth


AGENDAHow do we protectPeople/Environment/Economy1900 Year StormHurricane CarlaHurricane IkeGulf CoastCommunityProtection RecoveryDistrict (GCCPRD)2


1900 YEAR STORMStormHit Galveston onSeptember 8,1900Nicknamed the“Great Storm”Winds estimated at 130-140 mphHighest point on the island was 8.7 feet high –Storm Surge elevation was 15.7 feet high3


1900 YEAR STORMStorm (cont.)Galveston was the Wall Street of the SouthGalveston had a population of 37,000 people in1900 and there were approximately 6,000 deaths3,600 Buildings were destroyedDamages were estimated at $20M which wouldequal close to $50M today4


1900 YEAR STORMResponseSeawall was built to protect from future hurricanesConstruction began in 1902 and was completedin 1962Seawall extends 7miles along theGalveston coastand is 17 feethigh5


1900 YEAR STORMResponse (cont.)Total cost of the seawall was almost $15.5M6


HURRICANE CARLAStormHit the Texas Coastline on September 10, 1961Winds reached as high as 170 mph in Port LavacaStorm Surge elevation measured 22 feetLives lost were 46Damages were estimated at$325M which would equalclose to $2B today7


HURRICANE CARLAResponseTexas City DikeConstruction of Levees inTexas City began in 1962, ayear after Hurricane Carla,to protect the refineriesConstruction was completedin 1982Provides protection for 36square miles from hurricanestorm surge elevation of 15 feet8


HURRICANE CARLAResponse (cont.)Freeport LeveeDesigned to protect 42square miles fromstorm surges fromhurricanesTotal length of systemis approximately 53milesVaries in elevation from15-21 feet9


HURRICANE IKEStormHit near Galveston, Texas on September 13, 2008Maximum sustained winds were 145 mphMaximum storm surge height was 15-20 feetLives lost were close to 200Cost of damage approximately$30B3 rd largest financial loss from anatural disaster in history of US10


HURRICANE IKEStorm (cont.)Houston Statistics – WHAT IF A HURRICANE WERE TO HIT HOUSTON??Houston ranks 4 th largest city in US Covers 10,000 square miles with 10counties18 Universities/10 Community Colleges US Energy Headquarters with 9refineries producing 2.33 millionbarrels of crude oilWorld-famous Texas Medical Centerbased in HoustonPort of Houston ranked 6 th in the worldand 1 st in the USJohnson Space Center attracts nationsbest high-tech professionalsExxonMobil Baytown is largestpetroleum & petrochemical complex inUS11


HURRICANE IKEStorm (cont.)Galveston Bay StatisticsBird watching makes up significant part of tourism economy in Galveston Bay• Endangered birds which visit Galveston Bay are the Brown Pelican, Whooping Crane, andEskimo CurlewGalveston Bay has the 3 rd largest concentration of recreational boats in US• Galveston Bay contributes 1/3 of Texas’ commercial fishing incomeIn 1930 shrimp became most important fishery for Galveston Bay12


HURRICANE IKEResponseNear missThe Ike Dike project was proposedProactive response by leadershipGovernors/JudgesGulf Coast Community Protection Recovery Districtwas createdQuestion:How do we mitigate storm damage for people,environment, and economy?13


GULF COAST COMMUNITY PROTECTIONRECOVERY DISTRICTWhat is GCCPRD?Gulf Coast Community Protection Recovery DistrictThe creation of the District is a direct “Leadership”response to the $30 Billion of damage Hurricane Ikeinflicted along the Texas CoastlineAlso to address community concerns over the loss ofa potential larger Hurricane storm14


GULF COAST COMMUNITY PROTECTIONRECOVERY DISTRICTWhat is GCCPRD all about?PEOPLE – Six county region along the North TexasCoastline is home to an estimated 4 million peopleand is projected to grow to 6 million in next 25 yearsServe 6 major counties along the Gulf Coast1. Harris County2. Galveston County3. Brazoria County4. Chambers County5. Jefferson County6. Orange County15


GULF COAST COMMUNITY PROTECTIONRECOVERY DISTRICTWhat is GCCPRD all about? (cont.)ENVIRONMENT – Galveston Bay complex andSabine Neches River are home to the largest portsin the US and home for two of the most productiveecosystems in USSupport commercial and private fishingBiggest recreational boating communities in thenation16


GULF COAST COMMUNITY PROTECTIONRECOVERY DISTRICTWhat is GCCPRD all about? (cont.)ECONOMY – Our local petrochemical complex isone of the largest in the USIncludes:1. Houston-Galveston Ship Channel2. Freeport3. The Sabine/Neches RiverProducts and goods shipped, manufactured anddistributed through coastline are measured twoways:1. Billions of dollars2. Percentages of National Gross Domestic Product(GDP)17


GULF COAST COMMUNITY PROTECTIONRECOVERY DISTRICTWhat is next for GCCPRD?•Build teams tocreatesolutions•Initiate federalprocurementprocessLeadershipFundingSolutionsStakeholderSupportEfficientManagement•Integrateprocess atstate andfederal levels•Formulatestrategies todevelop viableprogram18


GULF COAST COMMUNITY PROTECTIONRECOVERY DISTRICTHow can you help GCCPRD?InputContact UsCol. (Ret.) Leonard WaterworthLen.Waterworth@dannenbaum.com(713) 520-9570Attend WorkshopsFollow our progress on our websitewww.GCCPRD.orgWith your help we can achieve our goals ofprotecting our People, Environment, and Economy19


CONCLUSIONIn Summary…1900 Year Storm - RespondedHurricane Carla - RespondedHurricane Ike – Are we going to respond?Gulf Coast Community Protection Recovery District(GCCPRD) – First step20


CONCLUSIONThank you21

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