Green infrastructure describes features in buildings and landscaping that cleanse and capture rainwater onsite where it falls. Houston advocates for green infrastructure join Houston Matters to discuss how it can be used to reduce flooding.
Since Harvey, we’ve heard plenty about over-development and the role it has played in Houston flooding. There’s too much pavement. But we do know that development – and redevelopment – will continue to happen in Greater Houston. It just remains to be seen whether Harvey will not only affect where we develop but also how we develop.
While we wait to see if homes will be rebuilt in certain flood-prone areas, advocates of green infrastructure say it could be utilized in existing and future development in Greater Houston to help reduce the burden on our system of bayous.
But what is green infrastructure? The term describes features in buildings and landscaping that cleanse and capture rainwater onsite where it falls. And then it can either be reused or absorbed back into the soil – instead of running of into the city’s systems of bayous (which, of course, can overflow and flood).