AUSTIN, TX — Yesterday, Governor Greg Abbott announced that the City of Corpus Christi has been awarded a $1,611,159 Defense Economic Adjustment Assistance Grant (DEAAG) for the Wastewater Collection System Line and Manhole Replacement Projects at the Naval Air Station Corpus Christi (NASCC). Senator Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa has been a longtime advocate for these grants. During the 2021 legislative session he supported the appropriation of $30 million for grants to military defense communities.
“These grants are critical to our military installations and allows them to build up their infrastructure, to increase the military value of their base, and help avoid a potential BRAC closure,” said Senator Hinojosa. He added, “This grant will be used to replace the deteriorating 80 year old wastewater collection system at the base, allowing it to become compliant with Department of Defense standards. The funds will be used to and install a total of 21 manholes and replace wastewater collection lines.”
The City of Corpus Christi applied for the grant in August 2022 and included a letter of support from Senator Hinojosa. The project is an important part of the continuing partnership between the City and the Navy who have committed a $2.4 million match for this project.
“I am pleased the Texas Military Preparedness Commission recognized the importance of providing these funds to the Naval Air Station Corpus Christi,” said Senator Hinojosa. He also added, “I appreciate the leadership of City of Corpus Christi Mayor Paulette Guajardo, the City Council, and City staff for working with the U.S. Navy and submitting the application requesting these DEAAG funds. I am committed to continue working to protect the mission of our Texas military installations.”