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Katy prairie protection efforts still underway

Experts say prairies and wetlands are pure sponges versus subdivisions and parking heaps.

KATY, Texas — New houses proceed to crop up in beforehand expansive prairie close to Katy.

They entice individuals to maneuver in farther and farther out.

“We have all the time stated there must be a steadiness,” stated Mary Anne Piacentini, president and CEO of the Coastal Prairie Conservancy.

“And, basically, it is working to restore and conserve coastal prairie, wetlands and agricultural lands in Southeast Texas,” stated Piacentini.  “And now we have a spotlight space of 9 counties.”

Many say asphalt and concrete exacerbate the impacts of flooding whereas prairies act like large sponges by slowing down, absorbing and even storing water.

Wetlands are known as “nature’s kidneys” for a motive.

“The water that goes in,” stated Piacentini.  “When it comes out, it’s cleaner than it could be.”

The conservancy has added new protected lands within the 5 years since Harvey that may by no means be constructed on.

The group works with builders, in some circumstances, to be extra proactive with regards to pure areas inside artifical locations.

“So they do come they usually say, ‘How can we do issues higher?’ Or, ‘In a distinct method?’” stated Piacentini.

But, in lots of circumstances, guidelines and rules required in some areas might not apply in others.

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