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
Time: February 6, 2020 11:00am
To join via video: https://zoom.us/j/889380682
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+1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)
+1 646 558 8656 US (New York)
Meeting ID: 889 380 682