Fort Bend, Texas, receives $25.8 million in funding for erosion along Brazos River

April 18, 2024
The money will be used for the Simonton Pinch Point project to cut down dangerous erosion along the Brazos River.

Fort Bend County, Texas, has received $25.8 million in funding to deal with erosion along a five-mile stretch of the Brazos River in Simonton after an announcement from the Texas General Land Office (GLO). Andy Meyers, Fort Bend precinct 3 commissioner, led the initiative to secure the funding.

A press release stated that the $25.8 million is part of a larger $72.5 million regional mitigation fund to improve streets, drainage and sewer systems in the cities of Bedias, Bremond, Galveston, Liberty, Midway and San Augustine, as well as Hardin County.

Fort Bend County receives the largest sum at $25.8 million for the Simonton Pinch Point project to cut down on erosion in the Brazos River.

Hardin County receives the second largest sum with roughly $23.9 million in funding for drainage, detention and roadway improvements.

Other large funds include $15.8 million for new water storage tank and system improvements for the City of Galveston, and $1.7 million for citywide sewer system improvements for the City of San Augustine.

"Every day the GLO works with communities to ensure federal funding is administered effectively and efficiently as the federal process allows," said Commissioner Dawn Buckingham in a press release.

"Our efforts to streamline federal funding procedures helps protect communities and the homes, businesses, and local government infrastructure that make Texas a wonderful place to live. These Regional Mitigation Program projects were prioritized at the local level by the Texans who will directly benefit. The GLO is proud to work with our local partners on cutting bureaucratic red tape to make Texas communities more resilient against future disasters," said Buckingham in the release.