The Texas Living Waters Project is actively engaged in promoting investments in effective and equitable nature-based approaches to Houston-area flood mitigation. As part of this effort, we compiled and synthesized existing flood mitigation recommendations that have been made by Houston-based entities in recent years. This includes 8 groups representing local governmental entities, universities, and nonprofits that have released 12 documents, including reports, studies, and planning documents, related to flood mitigation. While Houston has a full range of options to reduce future risks, we urge decision makers to invest in natural infrastructure and nonstructural flood mitigation measures that support or enable the use of natural systems and their multi-benefits. To that aim, we have identified 5 overarching strategies related to natural infrastructure and flood mitigation as high priorities for Houston:
- Expand green infrastructure and promote resilient building design
- Invest in habitat restoration to defend against flooding
- Develop a strategic and coordinated buyout program
- Prioritize conservation and sound land management
- Deploy public education, awareness, and engagement campaigns
This document introduces each of these strategies with a brief description, a list of related recommendations put forth by local entities, relevant funding opportunities, and incentives to promote and expand its use.