The recently approved Water Infrastructure Act included two of U.S. Senator John Cornyn’s provisions to advance storm mitigation projects along Texas’ coast. “One piece of the bill allows the Army Corps of Engineers to expedite a study on the so-called Coastal Spine that will run up and down portions of the Gulf Coast. This is a new multi-layered system of storm surge and flood mitigation improvements to address our most acute vulnerabilities. The crucial first step is fully funding the proper engineering study, and that’s what we’re going to do in this bill,” said Cornyn. “The second thing this bill does for Texas is to authorize a project from an area known as the Sabine Pass to Galveston Bay. Across more than 4,000 square miles of South Texas, this bill will update the levee system and in some cases construct new ones in order to better protect the area from storms and hurricanes.”