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The Future Of Flooding In Texas

Jack Morgan

The ongoing effects of the Llano River flood, Hurricane Harvey, the Blanco River flood of 2015, and flooding across the state over the past several years have caused loss of life and immense property damage.

As communities rebuild, questions about how we ensure the safety of all Texans remain.

Hydrologists and engineers are rethinking traditional solutions to rising flood waters. Local governments are also taking a hard look at infrastructure deficiencies and methods for moving, or elevating, homes out of the floodplain. The Legislature has directed resources to study the future impact and mitigation of flooding in Texas.

And yet, Texas does not have a statewide plan for flood mitigation or management.

There is a growing consensus that flooding in our state is increasing in both frequency and severity. Growth patterns have put large segments of our populations directly in the path of flood waters. How can we ensure that the built environment protects against flooding, rather than increase the severity of flooding?

This panel discussion addresses ways to prevent future flooding event from turning into a human tragedy.

Robert Rivard — Editor and Publisher of The Rivard Report

  • Mindy Conyers, Ph.D. — State Flood Assessment Coordinator at Texas Water Development Board
  • Stephen T. Graham, P.E., CFM — Assistant General Manager of San Antonio River Authority
  • Raymond Slade — Certified Hydrologist, United States Geological Service, Retired
  • Michael A. Moya, PE, CFM — Water Resources Practice Leader, Halff Associates

Water, essential for life, is our most precious and valuable natural resource, but water supply is limited and under increasing pressure from a growing population. How will we protect this resource and plan for a sustainable future? There is a great need for a water-literate public; decisions being made today have far reaching and long lasting effects for our children and future generations.