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Barker Reservoir Watershed


Map illustration of Barker Reservoir Watershed

About the Watershed
The Barker Reservoir watershed encompasses the area that drains into Barker Reservoir. This reservoir, together with Addicks Reservoir, was created as part of a federal project to control flooding on Buffalo Bayou and protect downtown Houston. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (the Corps) completed construction of the Barker Dam and outlet facility in 1945 and continues to own, operate and maintain the dam and outlet facilities. The watershed is located in west Harris County and extends into Fort Bend and Waller counties, encompassing portions of the cities of Houston and Katy. The Barker Reservoir watershed covers approximately 126 square miles and includes two primary streams: Mason Creek and Upper Buffalo Bayou. There are about 47 miles of open streams within the watershed, including the primary streams and tributary channels. The estimated population within the watershed (Harris County portion) is just over 62,000.

The threat of flooding from high volumes of stormwater draining into the reservoir from its natural watershed is a concern. The need to control release rates from the reservoir during potential flood events causes concern for developments along the fringes of the reservoir boundary and for major thoroughfares. These concerns have prompted subregional planning on the major tributaries draining into the reservoir.

Land Use
Development is mostly upstream of the periphery of the reservoir, along and south of I-10 and will likely continue in a westerly direction. Agricultural uses dominate the remaining areas of the watershed and within the reservoir. The reservoir also includes public recreational facilities and natural areas.

Reservoir
The Corps has placed limits on the flow rates for channels entering the reservoir. The limits vary for each sub-watershed based on the development levels that existed in late 1970's to mid 1980's. Operation of the outlet facilities controls the discharges from the reservoir into Buffalo Bayou.

Environment
Environmentally sensitive areas exist within the reservoir boundaries and the upper undeveloped regions of the watershed. These areas exhibit a wide range of wildlife habitats.

Barker Reservoir Watershed Stats:

Drainage Area Watershed Population (in Harris County) Open Stream Miles Primary Streams
126 Sq. Miles 62,606 126 Miles Mason Creek
Upper Buffalo Bayou


Click on any of the watershed links below (also found in the in the left nav) to view detailed information about each of Harris County's watersheds.

> See also Watersheds & Channels Reference Guide PDF


> Addicks Reservoir
> Armand Bayou
> Barker Reservoir
> Brays Bayou
> Buffalo Bayou
> Carpenters Bayou
> Cedar Bayou
> Clear Creek
> Cypress Creek*
> Galveston Bay
> Greens Bayou
> Hunting Bayou
> Jackson Bayou
> Luce Bayou
> San Jacinto River
> Sims Bayou
> Spring Creek
> Spring Gully & Goose Creek
> Vince Bayou
> White Oak Bayou
> Willow Creek

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