Supporting Water Justice

Long-term underinvestment in water infrastructure in communities of color and low-income communities continues to concentrate flood risk, water quality concerns, and water affordability burdens amongst those who have most faced historical injustice in Texas. 

Texas Living Waters advocates for water infrastructure investment that meaningfully addresses these inequities, including an emphasis on natural and nature-based solutions where appropriate. We understand that the protective value of nature is not a catch-all solution to extreme weather events and flooding, it must often go hand-in-hand with structural components. 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 disadvantaged communities, working with cities such as Houston 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.




Jennifer Walker headshot

Jennifer Walker

Director, Texas Coast and Water Program
National Wildlife Federation


Arsum Pathak, PhD

Senior Adaptation and Coastal Resilience Specialist
National Wildlife Federation


Cyrus Reed, PhD

Conservation Director
Sierra Club – Lone Star Chapter