The effects of flooding are not spread evenly across all communities in Texas. Long-term underinvestment and disinvestment of flood mitigation infrastructure in communities of color and low-income communities continues to lead to disproportionate flooding impacts in these underserved communities. In this brief document, the organizations of the Texas Living Waters project lay out a set of core principles to guide our advocacy work in order to ensure we work towards a more equitable future as we advocate for funding and solutions in flood-prone communities.
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The Texas Hill Country is prone to both prolonged drought and catastrophic flash floods. These extremes will only get more intense with climate change. This issue paper introduces some of the nature-based and green infrastructure strategies available to reduce the impacts of flooding in the Hill Country. These solutions can be implemented at multiple scales, from the site or building level, throughout a community, or across an entire region or landscape.
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We present here an annotated bibliography compiling recent studies and reports on the performance of natural and nature-based infrastructure. These resources can be used to inform the Regional Flood Planning Groups on natural infrastructure techniques as they develop flood management evaluations (FMEs), flood management projects (FMPs), and flood management strategies (FMSs).
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Amanda Fuller, Director of the Texas Coast and Water Program at the National Wildlife Federation, recently made the following presentation on nature-based flood mitigation to the Houston Galveston Area Council Flood Management Committee. Fuller discussed the importance of incorporating natural infrastructure into area flood planning efforts. She highlighted the multiple benefits of nature-based approaches and emphasized the importance of centering equity concerns in infrastructure planning.
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The Hill Country is no stranger to flooding. In 2015, the Memorial Day flood brought devastating rains to the region. As flood events grow stronger and more frequent, it is more important than ever to take advantage of opportunities to protect our citizens and natural heritage from these events.
Senate Bill 7, established by the Texas Legislature in 2019, created the Flood Infrastructure Fund (FIF). The FIF is an important step towards building a more resilient Texas. Last fall, Texas voters approved a constitutional amendment to allocate $793 million to the FIF for structural and nonstructural flood mitigation projects, to be administered by the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB).
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