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As hurricane season begins, 'green' flood control finds support in Texas

from CityLab

With the 2019 Atlantic hurricane season underway, Texas has taken a major step toward improving its flood defenses by passing a bill to tap into the state's savings — the aptly nicknamed Rainy Day Fund — for a sum of $1.7 billion. With that money, lawmakers envision a significant role for traditional "gray" engineered solutions, such as pipes, levees, drainage channels and retention basins. But Laura Huffman, state director for The Nature Conservancy, thinks politicians are "recognizing that green infrastructure can scale just like gray infrastructure." more

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