A Participatory Infrastructure Assessment Technique: Towards Equitable, Sustainable, and Resilient Communities

Symposium B10


A participatory infrastructure assessment technique can be used by local residents to evaluate neighborhood storm water drainage. Participatory infrastructure assessment involves the formal training of students, citizens, and fellow community members in scientifically determining the quality and condition of neighborhood features to inform maintenance and rehabilitation. And utilizing local knowledge to inform future capital planning. Through outdoor surveying and a series of pass or fail performance statements, this technique explores the process of assessing neighborhood-level stormwater infrastructure to determine these features contribution to both localized flooding and more large-scale inundation. Understanding the condition and capacity of stormwater infrastructure allows for the estimation of levels of service and local systems ability to manage stormwater and effectively and efficiently mitigate hazard exposures. This method may be especially beneficial to marginalized, blighted and declining areas and neighborhoods that have been subjected to structural disinvestment and neglect.

John T. Cooper, Jr., Vice President of Public Partnerships and Outreach, Texas A&M University (Moderator)
Yvette Arellano, Research and Policy Liaison, Texas Environmental Justice Advocacy Services (t.e.j.a.s.), Houston, Texas
Marccus D. Hendricks, Assistant Professor of Urban Studies and Planning and Faculty Research Associate, Center for Disaster Resilience, University of Maryland
Galen Newman, Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture and Community Resilience Lead, Institute for Sustainable Communities, Texas A&M University
Shannon Van Zandt, Professor of Urban Planning and Department Head of Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning, Hazard Reduction and Recovery Center, Texas A&M University

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