The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has released a summary of their work plan for studies and construction projects related to funding provided in the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018.
Many of the Harris County Flood Control District’s requests were included.
Studies, which are at full federal expense, include:
--$3 million for the Section 216 Study led by the Corps, which will evaluate the existing Addicks and Barker reservoirs and recommend operational changes and/or physical projects to improve the effectiveness of the reservoirs in reducing flood risks upstream and downstream; and $3 million for a county-wide drainage study to look at Harris County’s drainage infrastructure as a system, identifying potential inadequacies and potential improvements to the overall system.
--Funding to complete ongoing construction of four active federal flood risk reduction projects that the Flood Control District is currently working on with the Corps.
These construction projects include:
$75 million for the Brays Bayou Federal Project, consisting of around 21 miles of channel improvements, 11,400 acre-feet of stormwater detention volume, and 30 bridge replacements or modifications; $295,165,000 for the Clear Creek Federal Project, which includes 15 miles of channel improvements and around 1,400 acre-feet of additional stormwater detention volume in several basins; $65 million for the Hunting Bayou Federal Project, which calls for around 4 miles of channel improvements, 1,000 acre-feet of stormwater detention volume, and 17 bridge replacements or modifications; and $45 million for the White Oak Bayou Federal Project, consisting of over 15 miles of channel improvements and almost 3,000 acre-feet of stormwater detention volume.
The Flood Control District’s Executive Director Russ Poppe said this is positive news.
“The Corp’s work plan announcement is great news for us as we have been advocating for project funding of these critical projects for many years,” Poppe said. “This secured funding will allow us to complete these projects in a much shorter timeframe – as compared to the uncertainty of annual appropriations – and will reduce flood risks for thousands of Harris County residents.”
The work plan also includes short-term funding for repairs to damaged drainage infrastructure.
While several projects within Harris County are listed, exact dollar amounts have not yet been allocated.