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Texas House backs green solutions to water problems

Water Board will invest $4.5 million a year for nature-based infrastructure

The Texas House gave final approval today to legislation to fund rain gardens, green roofs, constructed wetlands and other “nature-based” strategies for reducing water pollution, flooding and impacts of drought. The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) has pledged to dedicate up to $4.5 million per year for the new Water Resource Protection Program.

“This is a step forward to keeping our waterways safe for swimming, playing, and drinking” said Anna Farrell-Sherman, clean water associate with Environment Texas. “Far too often traditional concrete infrastructure treats our waterways as sewer, polluting them with runoff pollution and flooding them when it rains. Nature-based infrastructure will protect our rivers and the Texans who depend on them.”

Read the full release from Anna Farrell-Sherman with Environment Texas here.