This project will further the implementation of nature-based projects throughout the Greater Houston-Galveston region, helping to advance science-based, future-oriented, equitable solutions that work with - not against - nature. All our communities, whether in our urban core or along our beautiful stretch of the Gulf Coast, deserve the promise of a resilient and healthy environment for generations to come.
After the unprecedented flooding from hurricanes and storms over the last five years, including the 2015 Memorial Day flood, the 2016 Tax Day flood, Hurricane Harvey in 2017, and Tropical Storm Imelda in 2019, stakeholders in the region united around a common understanding: Dramatic action is needed to ensure our long-term resilience. In a region of 7 million people, this project will partner with historically underserved communities to advocate for equitable flood mitigation projects.
Bayou City Waterkeeper provides training, resources, expertise, and partnership for communities in impacted watersheds across the Greater Houston area. Through these partnerships, we will emphasize community-driven projects, including nature-based solutions, such as wetland and habitat restoration around our bayous to slow and absorb floodwaters, and green infrastructure, such as rain gardens to capture excess water before it reaches residences.
This project will engage local residents and community leaders in a coordinated effort to promote awareness, and move policy forward that strengthens watershed protection and furthers project-based advocacy around nature-based solutions related to flooding and storm surge. By centering communities in policies and practices, our region can begin to address historic inequities and make meaningful investments that future-proof our neighborhoods from flood and storm surge impacts.