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Texas Coastal and Marine Council - 64th R.S. (1975)

Committee Members
A.R. 'Babe' Schwartz, Chair
Ray Farabee
D. Roy Harrington
Joe A. Hubenak
Gregory Montoya
Pike Powers
Richard Keith Arnold
Dr. Truman Blocker, Jr.
John C. Calhoun, Jr.
James J. Flanagan
Joe B. Harris
Edward H. Harte
Mrs. J.W. Hershey
Robert L. Massey
George Fred Rhoades
Charles P. Turco
Charges
• Undertake a comprehensive assessment of the institutional and financial aspects of providing estuarine inflows; such an assessment shall consider, among other things, (a) options for meeting various inflow levels; (b) the costs associated with such options; (c) alternative cost sharing policies; and (d) other matters deemed necessary.
• Develop model minimum building standards for high-risk areas along the Texas coast that are particularly susceptible to damage by hurricanes and other natural processes. The principal responsibility for development of such model minimum standards shall rest with the Texas Coastal and Marine Council in cooperation with the Texas Engineering Extension Service, the Division of Disaster Emergency Services and the Bureau of Economic Geology; in performing the duties called for in this Resolution, the responsible agencies shall cooperate and coordinate with local governments, other state agencies, federal agencies, educational institutions, building groups, and any other appropriate persons; agencies and political subdivisions of the state are directed to cooperate with, and upon the request of the council, shall furnish, within the limits of their respective facilities, such data reports, and other information as may be required to fulfill the purposes of this Resolution. The responsible agencies shall consider: (a) the nature and extent of natural processes and forces associated with hurricanes including, but not limited to , wind surge tides, scour, and aftermath flooding; (b) the degree of exposure and susceptibility to destructive forces; (c) the structure and foundation design and construction practices that reduce vulnerability; (d) the levels of acceptable risks associated with protection of lives and mitigation of property damages; (e) the impact on insurance availability and cost; (f) the economic and financial implications; (g) the enforcement aspects; (h) the current activities which may increase the risk to life and property from natural forces and hazards; (i) the esthetic and environmental considerations; and (j) any other matters the responsible agencies deem appropriate.
• Undertake a comprehensive assessment of current activities, problems, and opportunities regarding marine commerce in Texas. The Council shall consult with and solicit assistance from navigation districts, port authorities, the Interagency Transportation Council, the Interagency Council on Natural Resources and the Environment, federal agencies, private interests, conservation organizations and all other interested and knowledgeable parties. Agencies and political subdivisions of the state are directed to cooperate with, and upon request of the Council, shall furnish, within the limits of their respective facilities, such data, reports, and other information as may be required to fulfill the purpose of this resolution. The Council shall consider, among other matters: (a) the direct and indirect economic benefits which the citizens of Texas derive from water transportation and the extent to which these benefits are diffused throughout the state's economy; (b) an identification and analysis of state agencies whose policies, programs, or regulatory functions affect marine commerce, how interagency coordination is achieved, and how such coordination might be improved; (c) the environmental implications of marine commerce and port development, including, but not limited to, considerations of adverse impacts, possibilities for environmental enhancement, and the probable environmental impacts of alternative methods of transportation; (d) the financial resources available for financing marine transportation systems and facilities in Texas, the adequacy of these resources to meet further expansion needs, and the efficacy of the existing systems; (e) the present and possible institutional arrangements for planning, managing and maintaining an effective and efficient water transportation system in Texas.
• The many varied aspects associated with dredged mterial removal and disposal be carefully examined with the view toward determingin a comprehensive sstate policy on handling and disposal of dredge materials.

Note:
Statutory body established by the Legislature in former Civil Statute 4413 (38). Completed various studies in 64th interim, pursuant to SR 267, 268, and 269 and HSR 80, 81 and 82. See reports in LRL collection at: M300.8 Ec74, M338, P83, P96p, P589.
Senators and public members Truman Blocker, Edward Harte and George Rhodes appointed by the Lieutenant Governor. (Press Release, Lieutenant Governor Bill Hobby, February 25, 1976. See Senate Press Memos, L1803.1 P926 1973-77).

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