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Since 2015, the Houston-Galveston region has experienced four “500-year” floods. In order to protect our citizens and continue to bring investment and innovation to the region, more must be done to protect lives and properties from flooding!

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.

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The One Water approach offers tremendous opportunities for improving how water is managed within communities. Using water efficiently and taking advantage of diverse, locally available water supplies are important goals. It is also important that the approach support communities in assessing how their water use affects the health of waterways, both upstream, where water is sourced, and downstream, where other communities and aquatic resources may be impacted. This document shares preliminary findings from a survey that assesses whether the One Water approach is realizing its potential to meaningfully ensure healthy waterways. This report also shares findings on the current “state of practice” through a series of interviews with a cross-section of utility staff, planners, engineers, and scientists involved in One Water implementation.

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This guidebook explores the strategies in Texas’ water security toolbox, good and bad. By using this tool to make informed and forward-thinking decisions about where to invest Texans’ money, communities can prepare for both flood and drought without sacrificing wildlife and the environment.

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The Texas Living Waters Project has designed this follow-up Water Conservation by the Yard report as a statewide analysis of outdoor water savings potential. This report explores regional potential water savings that could result from the implementation of no more than twice-per-week outdoor watering restrictions. With case studies, recommended education and enforcement strategies, and a draft model ordinance, this report was designed as a resource for municipalities to design and implement their own outdoor irrigation ordinances.

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