Branick appointed to Coastal Resiliency Advisory Group

Jeff Branick

The Texas General Land Office announced the names of inaugural members of the Commissioner’s Coastal Resiliency Advisory Group (CCRAG) on July 13. This 15-members regional advisory group consists of representatives from local government, business and industry leaders, each serving two-year terms.

Jefferson County Judge Jeff Branick is one of three Southeast Texas appointees.

This coalition of regional leaders is an element of the GLO plan to make coastal protection a priority both during the upcoming legislative session and for the long-term, a GLO press release says. Input from those who live and work in Texas’ coastal community will help in making decisions regarding both economic activity and wildlife preservation.

Of the three members from each region, one is an elected or government official from a county or municipality. The second is a representative from a coastal conservation or regional planning organization. The third is a representative from a regional port or member of the coastal business community. The Regional COGs made one recommendation for each of the three representatives for their respective regions as well as conduct the application process. 

The other two Southeast Texas appointees are Jim Sutherlin, Texas Chenier Plain conservation specialist, and John Durkay, general counsel at Industrial Training Safety Council.

Meetings of the Coastal Resiliency Advisory Group will be held quarterly at a location in a different coastal region on a rotating basis. The first meeting is scheduled for mid-August in Corpus Christi to provide a general overview of coastal protection. Moving forward, the group will review and evaluate the effect of state policies and programs and make recommendations to the GLO commissioner on matters relating to coastal resiliency and recovery. The group will also recommend policies to the commissioner for the use, allocation, or distribution of funds that include identification of statewide priorities and issues relating to applications for financial assistance. The group will consider issues such as evaluation criteria for providing financial assistance and recommend coastal resiliency and recovery projects.

— Texas General Land Office