Take Action Today: Encourage Houston's leaders to invest in green and natural-based projects that improve drainage, reduce flooding, and keep people out of harm's way for generations to come!
The City of Houston Public Works Department recently published eight proposed applications for Community Development Block Grant for Mitigation (CDBG-MIT) funds. These projects are meant to increase community resilience from future disasters, and reduce or eliminate the long-term risks of future flooding. In 2020, cities, counties and other municipalities have been encouraged by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the General Land Office (GLO) to apply for projects, particularly green and natural infrastructure projects in their communities.
The City’s proposed CDBG-MIT projects focus on drainage and detention projects are located in the following areas (as shown above):
Improved drainage and detention is necessary for our Houston communities - particularly in areas that have been long neglected by City investments. However, Houston's focus on getting water quickly to the bayous places too much emphasis on traditional flood management techniques, at the cost of natural infrastructure projects that can provide multiple benefits to communities across our watershed.
Some of the chosen projects and project elements, such as the Alief Parks project and the Kashmere Gardens' green stormwater infrastructure project elements, will help protect communities against flooding by allowing rainwater to soak into the ground and reduce peak flows in our bayous, as well as provide multiple benefits to communities year round. Investments that provide drainage and enhance green space should be implemented in all our communities - the City should use this opportunity to correct this disparity among our neighborhoods.
Learn more about the projects here and submit a comment today!
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Thank you for your help! Your efforts are helping to make Houston a safer and healthier place for all of us.