The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, with non-federal sponsor, the Harris County Flood Control District, has prepared its Interim Feasibility Report for the Buffalo Bayou and Tributaries Resiliency Study.
The study is evaluating the feasibility of reducing flood risks along Buffalo Bayou and its tributaries, both upstream and downstream of Addicks and Barker dams. It also includes a Dam Safety Modification Evaluation on Addicks and Barker dams. The Interim Report shares its progress in the study, by documenting preliminary analyses conducted by the study team, and presenting alternatives. The interim report does not contain final conclusions or recommendations.
The study team has evaluated a suite of operational and structural measures to meet the study's objectives. The goal of the report is to familiarize stakeholders with the measures and alternatives currently considered. The USACE is soliciting comments to help refine additional technical analyses and evaluations.
Public comments should be emailed to BBTRS@usace.army.mil by November 20, 2020.
The Katy Prairie Conservancy opposes the Cypress Creek Reservoir: it is not an economically viable project, causes irreparable environmental harm, and will not eliminate flooding either upstream or downstream of Addicks and Barker reservoirs. The organization presents an alternative plan to be considered.
Phase One of this project provides a high-level look into the feasibility of constructing large diameter deep tunnels to help move stormwater out of Harris County. The study is an initial phase, focused on determining the applicability of tunneling considering the soil types and geotechnical challenges specific to Harris County, evaluating hydraulic capacity and impacts, scheduling and cost projections, and comparing with other active and completed tunnel projects. Summary findings are:
Phase Two is now underway, the purpose of which is to identify unmet flood mitigation needs in Harris County’s watersheds and – if possible -- develop distinct tunnel project concept(s) to meet those needs that provide sufficient benefit to justify their construction. The study began in the spring of 2020 and will take about one year to complete.
The Greater Houston Flood Mitigation Consortium is a group of leading researchers from a number of academic institutions who came together to compile, analyze and share a rich array of scientifically-informed data about flooding risk and mitigation opportunities.
The purpose of the research was to provide our public officials with the best possible information available in their deliberations - and to provide residents with information that will help them better understand and advocate for the options that work best for their communities.
Report presents ideas for locating homes and businesses away from flood-prone areas, removing people from harm’s way when a storm arrives, and returning people to normalcy as quickly as possible after a storm.
This report by Rice University’s SSPEED Center investigates the potential for flood mitigation infrastructure in the Cypress Creek watershed.
This report summarizes the current regulations and identifies areas where current regional detention regulations are allowing some new development to increase downstream flooding.
This report lays out land use policies, improved knowledge of flood risk and design standards to consider and highlights national best practices where applicable. .