Infrastructure Investment

Texas’ aging water infrastructure is ill-equipped to deal with the mounting pressures of exponential growth and deepening climate extremes. Texas Living Waters is deeply engaged in the broad effort to update systems statewide. We advocate for underserved communities, ecosystem needs, and natural solutions where appropriate.

The American Society of Civil Engineers has issued near failing grades for Texas’ drinking water and wastewater infrastructure. In a further sign of systemic decay, Texas has averaged as much as seven boil water notices per day in recent years. In addition, severe weather events like Hurricane Harvey and Winter Storm Uri are only becoming more common and have exposed deep flaws in the state’s flood and drinking water systems.

In response to this growing crisis, both federal and state lawmakers have designated billions of dollars of new funding to upgrade Texas water infrastructure. Texas Living Waters is a key player in the rollout of this funding. We advocate first and foremost for funding and technical assistance for underserved communities. We also emphasize holistic, integrated planning approaches that take advantage of nature-based solutions. We strongly believe water infrastructure investment will lead to more efficient water usage and improve the long-term water future for both Texas’ growing communities and strained ecosystems.

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KEY TEAM MEMBERS

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Jennifer Walker

Director, Texas Coast and Water Program
National Wildlife Federation

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Katherine Romans

Executive Director
Hill Country Alliance

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Marisa Bruno

Water Program Manager
Hill Country Alliance

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Cyrus Reed, PhD

Conservation Director
Sierra Club – Lone Star Chapter