Eldridge Stormwater Detention Basin, 2009
New technologies have also influenced the evolution of flood damage reduction by allowing a better understanding of the flooding potential and in providing the means to design and build more efficient and effective projects. Additionally, floodplain regulations and stringent environmental codes have played an increasingly important role. Efficiency of District operations has also improved through the years: a streamlining of the organization in the 1990s reduced the staff by two-thirds, while engineering, construction and maintenance duties were privatized.
In 2001, an innovative approach to funding the District's future capital project needs was adopted by the Harris County Commissioners Court that provides funding at levels four to five times higher than any time in the past. This new funding approach enables an even more aggressive implementation of flood damage reduction projects across Harris County.
Although our operations have become more complex through the years, our mission remains simple: Provide flood damage reduction projects that work, with appropriate regard for community and natural values.
Whether it's managing multi-million dollar projects, the maintenance of channels and stormwater detention basins, or detailed attention to improving the local environment, we will continue to hold true to our mission.