Water Equity & Infrastructure

Flood risk, water quality concerns, and water affordability burdens disproportionately fall on communities of color and low-income communities across Texas.

Texas Living Waters advocates for water infrastructure investments that prioritize underserved communities and ecosystems. We do not limit our support to nature-based solutions when a different approach is needed and is supported by the community. We value the lived experiences of community members and believe that impacted residents should have leadership roles in planning and project selection.

Our initiatives include advocating for funding and technical assistance for underserved communities, working to ensure community visioning forms the basis for large-scale water planning, and outreach to regional planning groups to ensure equity concerns are central to emerging flood and water supply planning efforts.

Browse our projects, publications, and resources below to find out more about our work on this issue. And contact one of our listed experts to find out more and get involved!





Tom Entsminger

Tom Entsminger

Policy Director
National Wildlife Federation


Evgenia Spears

Water Program Coordinator
Sierra Club – Lone Star Chapter

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Jennifer Walker

Director, Texas Coast and Water Program
National Wildlife Federation


Arsum Pathak, PhD

Senior Adaptation and Coastal Resilience Specialist
National Wildlife Federation


Katherine Romans

Executive Director
Hill Country Alliance


Cyrus Reed, PhD

Conservation Director
Sierra Club – Lone Star Chapter


The Color of Water Initiative was created by the Water Hub to build voice and visibility for people of color in the water movement. The project’s goal is to connect reporters with a more diverse set of experts, and build capacity for these experts to elevate the stories of their communities, which have often been left out of conversations around water.

From water access and drought response in the West to lead pipes and PFAS pollution in the Great Lakes; to recurring flooding and water infrastructure failures in the South, Color of Water members have deep expertise and first-hand experience on water challenges and solutions all across the country.