Texas Coastal Mitigation: A Planning Approach

by Sally S. Davenport, Texas General Land Office, Austin, TX, USA,
Harold D. Irby, Texas General Land Office, Austin, TX, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Zone '87


The Texas General Land Office manages 3. 5 million acres of submerged state-owned land in the bays and Gulf of Mexico. In granting permits, the agency always attempts to prevent damage to natural resources. Over the past three years, the General Land Office has begun developing a comprehensive mitigation plan involving: establishment of consistent guidelines or criteria for mitigation projects; establishment of procedures for implementation of mitigation projects; and identification of potential coastal mitigation sites and selected mitigatory options for use when on-site mitigation is not possible. This paper concentrates on one approach to the identification of coastal mitigation sites with a brief discussion of General Land Office guidelines and procedures for mitigation projects.

Subject Headings: Coastal environment | Submerging | Bays | Gulfs | Developing countries | Site investigation | Land use | Coastal management | Texas | United States | Gulf of Mexico

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