| 
Anna Farrell-Sherman
Clean Water Associate

Author: Anna Farrell-Sherman

Clean Water Associate

Anna works to protect Texas and our waterways. She advocates for nature-based infrastructure, like rain gardens and green roofs, that allow stormwater to slow down and soak into the soil thereby preventing water pollution, easing drought, mitigating flooding, and reducing urban heat.

Anna started on staff with Environment Texas in August of 2019, after graduating from Wellesley College with a BA in computer science with an emphasis on biology.  Anna is excited to be exploring Austin through rock climbing, cooking, and hiking.

 

Brooke Paup (pictured above), board member of the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB), kicked off a day-long workshop in San Antonio last month to explore how nature-based infrastructure can be used to curb water pollution and flooding. The workshop brought together experts from acoross the state to discuss how Texas can install more rain gardens, green roofs, and other natural strategies for capturing (and using) stormwater - before it causes problems. 

The workshop came as TWDB is developing rules for a new Flood Infrastructure Fund, created by the Legislature in the wake of Hurricane Harvey to help improve the state's resilience against flooding. We submitted comments to TWDB calling for at least 20% of flood funds to go toward nature based infrastructure, including to protect open spaces like the Katy Prairie which can soak up floodwaters. We are also asking TWDB to study the efficacy of nature based infrastructure and work with local governments to promote its use.

Last month, we also released a new video on nature based infrastructure and tomorrow we're holding a webinar on how local governments are doing on nature based infrastructure. Deatils below - hope you can join us! 

Nature based infrastructure webinar

Call-in info:

Time: February 6, 2020 11:00am

To join via video: https://zoom.us/j/889380682

Dial by your location

        +1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)

        +1 646 558 8656 US (New York)

Meeting ID: 889 380 682

 

 

Anna Farrell-Sherman
Clean Water Associate

Author: Anna Farrell-Sherman

Clean Water Associate

Anna works to protect Texas and our waterways. She advocates for nature-based infrastructure, like rain gardens and green roofs, that allow stormwater to slow down and soak into the soil thereby preventing water pollution, easing drought, mitigating flooding, and reducing urban heat.

Anna started on staff with Environment Texas in August of 2019, after graduating from Wellesley College with a BA in computer science with an emphasis on biology.  Anna is excited to be exploring Austin through rock climbing, cooking, and hiking.