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SaveBolivar.org

About us

We want to save the Texas Coast.

SaveBolivar.org was originally formed to spread the word about the US Army Corps of Engineers' plan to build a 20 foot high, 27 mile long wall along highway 87 on the Bolivar Peninsula.  This will effectively destroy the economy and wildlife, including several endangered species.  In addition, it will  decimate the property values and the community we know and love.  This plan will cost over 30 billion dollars and is a gross misuse of tax payer funds.  We have grown and want to support our entire Texas Coastline and all the communities effected by this barrier.  Please come back often for more news and information about this important topic.  The barrier system will impact 10% of our Texas Coast!  


There is a better solution to the US Army Corps of Engineers' Coastal Barrier Plan.   The Galveston Bay Park Plan provides more localized protection where it is needed most.  It can be done more cost effectively and more quickly.  This plan will produce better results by saving our most valuable resources, our petrochemical industry and our environment.  


The official public comment period closes on February 8th. We encourage you to write to your governmental officials and let them know we don't want the Coastal Barrier.  


Write or email the US Army Corp of Engineers at CoastalTexas@usace.army.mil and  find the information to contact our governmental officials on our Home Page.  Don't forget to Sign our Petition. 

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updates

Port Bolivar & Galveston

An update on the online meeting held on 5/21/2020 by the USACE to discuss the Port Bolivar section of the Coastal Barrier. It was requested by homeowners, and was intended to focus on the 21 foot walls that will run along the water in front of Port Bolivar, and connect to levees around the communities in that area (see image.)

A link to the meeting will be provided as soon as it is available.  

They are discussing plans to renourish and expand the beach and build dunes outward from the current vegetation line for most of the Peninsula.

For the area pictured below around Port Bolivar, they said that they were going to put a 21 foot concrete wall in front of people’s houses, 300 ft from the current coastline, surrounded by 100 ft of riprap on either side. And whenever anyone asked any specifics, they said that would be figured out later, and they can’t really answer any of those questions for sure right now. Same old same old.

Some specific questions that were asked about the Port Bolivar section, and we tried to get answers to:

They might build a beach in front of a 21 ft concrete wall that is 300 ft of the current coastline in Port Bolivar, with walk through gates, so that would be just as lovely as you can imagine.

They would also maybe build a gate on the Jetty for fishing access

They also mentioned that they ‘might’ build a drive through gate in the 21 ft concrete wall and have the boat launch outside the wall, 300+ ft from the current coastline. I’m sure that will work smoothly. 

They explained that because the multiple gate structures at the opening of Galveston Bay are so large and the main location of surge inflow that the walls near it need to be ‘stronger’ because otherwise the surge will scour through that area. In my opinion this is reason enough NOT to build the huge gate at the mouth of the bay and instead build gates further up on smaller channels. 

The homes in Bolivar are built to handle a surge with the conditions we currently have, additional beach nourishment will make them more resilient. But the gates will increase the surge energy directed at the peninsula making the risk greater, especially for those closest to the gate location, Port Bolivar in particular.

They still have no idea who will pay for the construction OR maintenance cost, nor even how much it will cost, though in all likelihood it will be more than the 20-30 billion construction estimate for the first version.

There were multiple requests for more public information sessions, and I would like to help to make that happen. 

They say they will be releasing new maps and visuals of the features over the summer and the Final Draft Feasibility Study will be release October 9th, and the comment period will extend for 40 days.

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How can you help

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LEARN

COMMUNICATE

CONNECT

Attend townhall meetings and learn about the project.  Attend local public meetings, when the US Army Corps of Engineers will be present for public comment, and make your feelings known about the Coastal Barrier Plan. 


 



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CONNECT

COMMUNICATE

CONNECT

Contact the US Army Corps of Engineers and let them know you do not want the Coastal Barrier on Bolivar.  


Email:  CoastalTexas@usace.army.mil


Contact your governmental officials and let them  know what you think about the Costal Barrier and that you don't want them to support it.


Scroll down to find a list of governmental agencies you  can contact.  



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COMMUNICATE

COMMUNICATE

COMMUNICATE

Tell everyone you can about the Coastal Barrier Plan.  It will impact more than just the Bolivar Peninsula's property and business owners.  The surrounding communities will also be effected.   


Something else to consider, funding this Coastal Barrier Plan, when there is a better, less expensive option is a gross misuse of tax payer dollars. We must stand together and oppose this Coastal Barrier Plan.  

Public Open Houses

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February 8th, 2020

High Island High School 

2113 6th Street 

High Island, TX 77623

1pm-3pm

February 12, 2020

Galveston Convention Center

5600 Seawall Blvd

Galveston, TX 77551

6pm-8pm

February 13, 2020

Bay Area Community Center 

5002 E NASA Parkway 

Seabrook, TX 77586

6pm-8pm

Written Comments Accepted - write to:

Coastal Texas Study

2500 Summer Street 

Suite 1130

Houston, TX 77007

or email: coastaltexasstudy@glo.texas.gov

Your Representatives

Texas US Representative - Dist 4

Texas US Representative - Dist 4

Texas US Representative - Dist 4

Randy Weber

505 Orleans St #103

Beaumont, TX 77701

409-835-0108

202-225-2831

RepRandyWeber@mail.house.gov

Texas US Senator

Texas US Representative - Dist 4

Texas US Representative - Dist 4

Ted Cruz

The Mickey Leland Federal Building 

191 Smith St. #9047

Houston, TX 77002

713-718-3057

713-353-4330

Texas US Senator

Texas US Representative - Dist 4

Texas State Representative - Dist 23

John Cornyn

5300 Memorial Dr. #980

Houston, TX 77007

202-224-2934

Texas State Representative - Dist 23

Texas State Representative - Dist 23

Texas State Representative - Dist 23

Mayes Middleton

PO BOX 300

Wallisville, TX 77597

409-392-6100

Texas State Senator - Dist 4

Texas State Representative - Dist 23

Texas State Senator - Dist 11

Brandon Creighton

PO BOX 12068 

Austin, TX 78711

512-463-0104

brandon.creighton@senate.texas.gov

Texas State Senator - Dist 11

Texas State Representative - Dist 23

Texas State Senator - Dist 11

Larry Taylor 

PO BOX 12066

Austin, TX 78711

512-463-0111

larry.taylor@senate.texas.gov

Your representatives

Texas State Senator - Dist 10

Texas State Senator - Dist 10

Texas State Senator - Dist 10

Konni Burton

PO BOX  12068

Capitol Station

Austin, TX 78711

512-463-0110

Texas State Senator - Dist 30

Texas State Senator - Dist 10

Texas State Senator - Dist 10

Craig Estes

PO BOX 12068

Capitol Station 

Austin, TX 78711

512-463-0130

Texas State Senator - Dist 6

Texas State Senator - Dist 10

Texas State Senator - Dist 6

Sylvia Garcia 

PO BOX 12068

Austin, TX 78711

512-463-0106

Texas State Senator - Dist 9

Texas State Senator - Dist 20

Texas State Senator - Dist 6

Kelly Hancock

PO BOX 12068

Austin, TX 78711

512-463-0109

Texas State Senator - Dist 20

Texas State Senator - Dist 20

Texas State Senator - Dist 20

Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa

PO BOX 12068

Austin, TX 78711

512-463-0120

Texas State Senator - Dist 16

Texas State Senator - Dist 20

Texas State Senator - Dist 20

Texas Senate: Senator Huffines 

1400 Congress Ave.

Austin, TX 78701

512-463-0116

Your Representatives

Texas State Senator - Dist 18

Texas State Senator - Dist 18

Texas State Senator - Dist 18

Lois Kolkhorst

PO BOX 12068

Capitol Station

Austin, TX 78711

512-463-0118

Texas State Senator - Dist 13

Texas State Senator - Dist 18

Texas State Senator - Dist 18

Borris Miles

PO BOX 12068

Capitol Station

Austin, TX 78711

512-463-0113

Texas State Senator - Dist 29

Texas State Senator - Dist 18

Texas State Senator - Dist 29

Jose Rodriguez

PO BOX 12068

Capitol Station

Austin, TX 78711

512-463-0129

Texas State Senator - Dist 31

Texas State Senator - Dist 31

Texas State Senator - Dist 29

Kel Seliger

PO BOX 12068

Capitol Station

Austin, TX 78711

512-463-0131

Texas State Senator - Dist 8

Texas State Senator - Dist 31

Texas State Senator - Dist 21

Van Taylor

PO BOX 12068

Capitol Station

Austin, TX 78711

512-463-0108

Texas State Senator - Dist 21

Texas State Senator - Dist 31

Texas State Senator - Dist 21

Judith Zaffirini

PO BOX 12068

Capitol Station

Austin, TX 78711

512-463-0121

Your County Commissioner

County Commissioner - Pct. 1

County Commissioner - Pct. 1

County Commissioner - Pct. 1

Darrell A. Apffel 

2516 Texas Ave #135

Texas City, TX 77590

409-770-5474

darrell.apffel@co.galveston.tx.us

County Commissioner - Pct. 1

County Commissioner - Pct. 1

 

County Commissioner - Pct. 1

 

 

 

 

Governmental Agencies

Texas General Land Office

United States Army Corps Of Engineers

United States Army Corps Of Engineers

George P. Bush 

1700 Congress Ave.

Austin, TX 78701-1495

512-463-5001

gpb@glo.texas.gov

United States Army Corps Of Engineers

United States Army Corps Of Engineers

United States Army Corps Of Engineers

411 G. Street NW

Washington, DC 20314-1000

USACE

United States Army Corps Of Engineers

USACE

Galveston District Office 

Ms. Jennifer Morgan

PO BOX 1229

Galveston, TX 77553-1229

CoastalTexas@usace.army.mil

USACE