After hurricane Harvey, which caused a lot of damage in Houston in august 2017, a lot of media attention was given to the water safety plan which Defacto worked on for the ‘Houston-Galveston bay area’. One of the sketches made by Defacto for the storme surge barrier which closes off the bay and protects the area from high water levels was broadcasted by the Fox News.

The coastal protectionstrategy has been developed in collaboration with the Texas A&M University (Bill Merrel and Sam Brody) by a Dutch consortium consisting of Defacto, the TU Delft, Royal HaskoningDHV and IV-infra.