After the devastating effects of Hurricane Harvey, Houston Stronger formed to work with federal, state and local officials on increasing funding for flood mitigation and flood-related infrastructure improvements.
Houston Stronger supported the passage of Proposition A1, the $2.5 billion flood bond to invest equitably to reduce Harris County’s flood risk by executing over 230 regional flood control projects in all of Harris County’s 23 watersheds. (1passed Aug. 25, 2018)
During the 86th Legislative Session, Houston Stronger partnered with members of the Texas Legislature and Texas leadership to approve $2 billion in funding for flood control, planning, recovery, and resiliency across Texas.
Houston Stronger is currently working on the Buffalo Bayou Community Plan and continues to work with area elected officials and agencies on flood recovery and mitigation. Houston Stronger will maintain its outreach efforts to organizations and to address any concerns they may have with the Buffalo Bayou Community Plan. As we proceed through the conceptual phase we are also providing updates to our members and our elected officials.
Houston Stronger is a coalition of civic groups, business associations and active citizens from throughout the Texas Gulf Coast region dedicated to working with local, state and federal officials to implement a comprehensive regional flood control plan that safeguards our citizens and property.
Our goal is simple: to invest the resources required to help our entire region meet or exceed the 100-year flood plain standard. It is time for immediate action to finish the job that area leaders started to address in the 1940s, and FIX our drainage and flooding issues once and for all. We must act NOW.
Houston Stronger announced our legislative priorities 🔗 for the upcoming session of the Texas Legislature. Our objective is to win support for an additional appropriation of $5 Billion for the Flood Infrastructure Fund (FIF) and continued funding for the Regional Planning Groups. Our slogan is Five for the FIF. $5B is based on the initial estimates of the 15 Regional Flood Plans submitted to the Texas Water Development Board in August 2022 as the first step in the development of a state flood plan. Those estimates are in the $40-50 billion range and our requested funding appropriation is 10% of that amount. If approved, these funds will be used to fund previously submitted and approved flood improvement projects from the first appropriation of $770 million, which is now depleted, and will fund projects in the new state flood plan which is to be adopted in 2024.
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