Houston Flood Prevention Plan: High-Priced Golf Courses

Houston Flood Prevention Plan: High-Priced Golf Courses

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In the aftermath of Tropical Storm Harvey , the city of Houston is finding new ways to use its golf courses and save whole communities. And as is so often, it comes with some “small” sacrifices.

Most of Houston’s golf courses were inundated with flooding during the storm, which isn’t a surprise since most courses are fairly flat and aren’t built to accommodate historic rainstorms.

But as the Clear Lake Water Authority in Houston’s southeast side discovered, they can be designed to hold in water. In fact, with a little ingenuity, they’re great as mini-reservoirs that deter flooding in other parts of the surrounding community.

The project is the result of a combined effort of the CLCWA and the Exploration Green Conservancy to protect the city’s homes from accumulating rainwater. When the owner of the defunct Clear Lake Golf Course announced plans to pave over the course for commercial development, the city […]

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