Rice University scientists have released the first results of extensive water sampling in Houston after the epic flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey. They found widespread contamination by E. coli, likely the result of overflow from flooded wastewater treatment plants.
A National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant will allow Rice, the city of Houston and the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) to develop an environmental health and housing registry. The goal is to help the community understand the impact of storms like Harvey on public health.
The conference, "Urban Flooding & Infrastructure: Moving Forward from Harvey," brought together experts on flood prediction, climate modeling, infrastructure, climate change and natural disaster preparedness and recovery.
If many of the flooding-related problems in Houston and Harris County are to be fixed, the region needs “to have an informed, flood-literate and engaged populace,” according to a paper by CEE faculty member Jim Blackburn.