El Sonido del Agua


Funding Received: 2017
Edinburg, TX
Funding Period: 2 years

Respected design firm buildingcommunityWORKSHOP will work with local Conjunto musicians in Edinburg, TX to equip and mobilize residents in the Rio Grande Valley floodplain to tackle flood-related public health issues. They will commission songs inspired by residents’ stories that will be performed at colonia events. Posters and pamphlets will be used to explain how Low Impact Development can be used to improve drainage. Documentation and songs from residents will be incorporated into a video series to be presented to policy makers.

Hidalgo County experiences some of the worst flooding in the Rio Grande Valley and has more colonias (substandard subdivisions) than any county in the United States.