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Oklahoma: Improving Infrastructure to Protect Residential and Commercial Facilities

Mitigating multiple climate change vulnerabilities in an increasingly influential city.

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Tulsa, Oklahoma: $19.58 Million

This is a Justice40 project.


Tulsa is the second-largest city in Oklahoma and an important city in the region. While its population is historically White, the city has seen an influx of immigrants and is over 15% Black according to the 2010 U.S. Census. The city has grown over 5% over the last decade and boasts over 400,000 residents. The city and region at large are extremely vulnerable to increasingly intense heat waves, making infrastructure enhancements and nature-based solutions vital to the health and safety of the city’s population.

Project Description

The city of Tulsa, Oklahoma, has a system-based approach to improving resilience to flooding, heat and water quality. To reduce flooding, the city will make infrastructure enhancements along Fulton Creek by increasing the capacity of the storm sewer system and constructing two detention ponds and culverts. Stormwater run-off prevention will be enhanced by using nature-based solutions including adding trees to reduce heat and limiting development. These improvements will result in a more attractive, usable, environmentally sensitive, healthier and safer community. This project incorporates partnerships into Phase I and Phase 2 that will ensure the project meets community needs, including those of disadvantaged populations.