Leaving land alone to hold floodwater west of Houston

Houston sprawls for miles, but we went to where that sprawl stops.

“I think if you’d listen for a minute, you don’t hear any cars,” says Mary Anne Piacentini as she stands near a pond on the Katy Prairie 45 miles west of downtown Houston.

“We protect over 20,000 acres right now,” says Piacentini, director of the Katy Prairie Conservancy.

Twenty thousand acres of farm and ranch land and restored wetlands are protected from housing and commercial development that’s creeping ever closer as Houston grows bigger. And last month when the big Tax Day Storm hit, much of the acreage flooded… Read more from Texas Standard