Gulf Coast Authority (GCA) is a governmental entity created by the Texas legislature in 1969 with the broad charge to protect the waters of the state of Texas, focused primarily at that time on Galveston Bay watershed, and we take our mission very seriously. GCA has the authority to own and operate regional industrial and municipal wastewater treatment plants, water systems and solid waste facilities statewide and also has the authority to issue bonds for a variety of projects. Our primary focus since inception has been regional industrial wastewater treatment serving the petrochemical industry and we currently operate several regional facilities like our Bayport facility which serves primarily chemical companies and two municipalities, and our Washburn Tunnel facility located on the Houston Ship Channel which serves both refineries and chemical companies in addition to the other facilities listed on this site. We feel it is important from an economic development perspective to understand the value and benefits GCA offers industry as another tool in the state’s tool box to help attract industry to our state. We are working on several projects right now to do just that.