F-52 Rehabilitation of Channels Upstream of Barker Reservoir

F-52 Rehabilitation of Channels Upstream of Barker Reservoir
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De-Silt Project Update – 8/20/2021

As of August 2021, the Barker Watershed construction project, Z100-00-00-X309, has reached the Substantial Completion stage. Substantial Completion means the project, as built, will function as designed to reduce flooding risks, and the construction contract is complete, including sod installation. The “Substantial Completion Process” includes:

  • A “substantial completion inspection” by Flood Control District.
  •  Typically, the inspection results in an itemized “Punch List” of additional clean-up work. 
  • Although the project is fully functional, “Punch List” work can require continued activity and equipment at the project site for as much as 30 days, or longer in some cases. 
  • A one-year warranty period follows, which also could require additional activity at the project site.

    To date, an estimated 177,000 CY has been removed.

Recent Actions

November 9, 2021 – Harris County Commissioners Court approved a 13-calendar-day extension and $8,937 construction contract increase in support of this project.

November 9, 2021 – Harris County Commissioners Court authorized $149,460 for materials engineering and testing services in support of this project.

August 10, 2021 – Harris County Commissioners Court authorized negotiations with an engineering firm for materials engineering and testing services in connection with Barker watershed repairs

July 20, 2021 - Harris County Commissioners Court authorized a change in construction contract for the Barker Reservoir sediment removal program, package 1, resulting in a decrease of $13.

May 19, 2020 - Harris County Commissioners Court approved updates to project details in the 2018 Bond Program List. Update includes reallocation of $10M in funds from this project to Bond ID F-53 due to updated construction estimates. Additionally, a $3,179,423 agreement was authorized for design, bidding, and construction phase engineering services for this project and a $5,089,579 contract was awarded for sediment removal in support of this project.

February 25, 2020 – Harris County Commissioners Court approved this project to advertise for construction bids. 

December 4, 2018 - Harris County Commissioners Court approved a $3,556,000 agreement with an engineering firm for final design of this project.

Project Description

The Harris County Flood Control District has begun a major investigation of the current condition and capacity of all 13 channels for which it has property rights – approximately 20 linear miles within Harris County – that flow into the Barker Reservoir.

The goal of this project, funded by the 2018 Bond Program, is to assess and repair impacts from recent flood events on channels that carry stormwater into the federal reservoir and ensure these channels are functioning at design capacity as they carry stormwater out of surrounding neighborhoods into the federal reservoir. The project is limited to channels within Harris County and for which the Flood Control District has property rights. Rainfall within the 126-square-mile Barker Reservoir watershed drains along 47 miles of open streams, including Mason Creek (T101-00-00) and Upper Buffalo Bayou (T100-00-00).

Bond Project F-52 is a “Local Only” bond project, which means there is no other funding partner at this time and total project costs would be paid with bond funding. Total allocation for this multi-stage project is currently $30 million on the Bond Project List.

This rehabilitation of channels upstream of the Barker Reservoir follows a successful pilot project begun in 2018 by the Flood Control District to remove sediment from four channels near Addicks Reservoir and to restore them to their design capacity. Results of the pilot project are being used to guide on-going procedures and budgeting for the wider effort in both the Barker Reservoir and Addicks Reservoir watersheds. The actual cost per mile of channel de-silted and repaired is being calculated and will be used to evaluate, plan and budget for continued work on the 13 Barker Reservoir watershed channels, using funds from the 2018 Bond Program.

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Project Name Project ID Current Stage Budget Funded Spent
Barker Reservoir Sediment Removal Project T100-00-00-G001 Design $ 25.6M $ 4.1M $ 381,557

Repair Package Description

This repair package will repair channels where erosion and slope failures have occurred within the Flood Control District right-of-way and/or within the channel itself. Repairs also include concrete structures and storm outfall failures. Construction on Repair Package is expected to begin in Spring 2022 and anticipated to complete in Fall 2023.

Repair Package Areas

The scope of work for this project will take place along Mason Creek and a tributary of Buffalo Bayou. The repair project, Z100-00-00-X310, represents a combination of construction activities along nine (9) channels and tributaries.

PACKAGE DE-SILT DESCRIPTION

This package will remove accumulated sediment from Harris County stormwater channels that drain into the Barker Reservoir. Harris County Commissioners Court awarded $5,089,579.35 to the lowest bidder Texas Dewatering, LLC for this for the first de-silt package. This work is expected to remove approximately 174,650 cubic yards of silt from the channels.

Package De-Silt Areas

The construction project, Z100-00-00-X309, represents a combination of construction activities along two (2) channel and four (4) tributaries. The scope of work consists of excavation and off-site disposal along portions of Mason Creek, its tributary and a tributary of Buffalo Bayou channels. Sediment removal along a section of Dinner Creek located in the Addicks Reservoir watershed also was added to this De-Silt package.

Addicks and Barker reservoirs were built in west Harris County by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers after disastrous floods of 1929 and 1935. They are designed to temporarily hold back stormwater and prevent damages along Buffalo Bayou, downtown Houston and the Port of Houston. Both reservoirs provide substantial storage capacity.

The Corps owns, operates, and maintains the reservoirs, including the operation of outlet facilities that control discharges from the reservoirs into Buffalo Bayou. Most Flood Control District easements end at the limits of the federal-owned land.

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Trail Impacts

Name of Trail/Name of Area Owner/Impacted Party Adjacent Subdivisions
Trails leading from Desert Ivy Park Green Trails MUD/ MUD 345 Green Trails, Green Trails Oaks, Winsor Park Estates R/P, Wisnor Parl Estates
Desert Ivy Park access point at Second Baptist Church Second Baptist Church Green Trails, Green Trails Oaks, Winsor Park Estates R/P, Wisnor Parl Estates
MUD 345 walking path from Green Trails Jogging and Bike Trail MUD 345 Green Trails, Green Trails Oaks, Winsor Park Estates R/P, Wisnor Parl Estates
MUD 345 walking path along Barker Road and Gary and Bonnie Trietsch Park MUD 345 Green Trails. Winsor Park Estates R/P, Windsor Park Lakes
Bridge in Gary and Bonnie Trietsch Park from Cardiff Park Lane MUD 345 Green Trails. Winsor Park Estates R/P, Windsor Park Lakes
Trail access from Cardiff Park Lane HC MUD 345 Green Trails. Winsor Park Estates R/P, Windsor Park Lakes
East entrance along the pond at Parkview at Barker Cypress Longhorn Town Utility District Kingland Estates, Green Trails Crossing, Parkview At Barker Cypress
Cinco Ranch Golf Club Cartpath bridge next to N Lake Village Drive CF Cinco Ranch Arcis LLC Chesterfield
Cinco Ranch Golf Club Cartpath bridge on the east side of The Golf Club at Cinco Ranch CF Cinco Ranch Arcis LLC Chesterfield
Sidewalks around Nottingham County Park Harris County/Nottingham Country Utility District Green Trails Oak, University Park West, Stonelodge
'Walking trail north of Green Trails Park through Gary and Bonnie Trietsch Park Interstate MUD Green Trails Oak, University Park West, Stonelodge
Walking trail north of Cinco Crossing Lane to Cinco Ranch Blvd Harris County Precinct #3 Memorial Parkway, Oak Park Trails, Westgreen Park, Lakeforest of Kelliwood, Plaza on The Park
Trail access west of S Fry Road, north of Plaza on the Park Harris County Precinct #3 Memorial Parkway, Oak Park Trails, Westgreen Park, Lakeforest of Kelliwood, Plaza on The Park
Walking trail from S Fry Rd through Grand Lakes Park Memorial MUD Harris County Precinct #3 Memorial Parkway, Oak Park Trails, Westgreen Park, Lakeforest of Kelliwood, Plaza on The Park
Walking trail north of Westheimer Pkwy along S Fry Rd Harris County Precinct #3 Memorial Parkway, Oak Park Trails, Westgreen Park, Lakeforest of Kelliwood, Plaza on The Park
Trail access from west and east entery points of Pointed Oak Lane Harris County Precinct #3 Memorial Parkway, Oak Park Trails, Westgreen Park, Lakeforest of Kelliwood, Plaza on The Park
East and west trail access points off Park Timbers Lane Harris County Precinct #3 Memorial Parkway, Oak Park Trails, Westgreen Park, Lakeforest of Kelliwood, Plaza on The Park
Northeast trail access at Highland Knolls Drive behind Memorial Parkway Pool (South) Harris County Precinct #3 Memorial Parkway, Oak Park Trails, Westgreen Park, Lakeforest of Kelliwood, Plaza on The Park
Shrub and wooden fencing along Park York Drive to Park Wind Drive Harris County Precinct #3 Memorial Parkway, Oak Park Trails, Westgreen Park, Lakeforest of Kelliwood, Plaza on The Park
Trail access point from S Mason Road bridge behind The Ballard House Harris County Precinct #3 Memorial Parkway, Oak Park Trails, Westgreen Park, Lakeforest of Kelliwood, Plaza on The Park
Private road off S Fry Road along eastern side of Plaza on the Park Memorial MUD Plaza on The Park, Cinco Ranch Equestrian Village
North and south trail access points of Snake Trail on Westheimer Pkwy Harris County Precinct #3 Plaza on The Park, Cinco Ranch Equestrian Village
West entrance of Barker Dam Trail off S Mason Rd Harris County Precinct #3
Tolebi Car Wash
Chesterfield, Willow Park Greens, Oak Park Trails
West and east trail access points of Cinco Ranch Gold Club Cartpath Harris County Precinct #3 Chesterfield, Willow Park Greens, Oak Park Trails
Trail access point behind Memorial Parkway Pool (South) on Highland Knolls Drive Harris County Precinct #3 Chesterfield, Willow Park Greens, Oak Park Trails

Photos

Work to remove vegetation and silt from Mason Creek will help to return this channel flowing into the Barker Reservoir to its original capacity. (11/12/2020)

Workers remove silt from the north slope of Mason Creek near South Frye Road to bring the creek back to original capacity which will bring much needed with flood mitigation relief for area neighborhoods. (11/12/2020)

Crews remove the silt from Mason Creek near South Frye Road. Once dried, this silt will be removed from the project site allowing for greater capacity in the channel to carry stormwater to the Barker Reservoir.(11/2020)

This pedestrian bridge just to the west of South Frye Road is temporarily closed as crews work in the area to remove vegetation, silt, and other debris which impedes stormwater flow from Mason Creek into the Barker Reservoir. Once the project is completed, the channel will be returned to its original capacity, and bridges and trails in the area will be reopened. (11/18/2020)

Work continues in the Barker Reservoir Watershed to return the channels and tributaries along Mason Creek and Buffalo Bayou to their original design capacity. De-grubbing the channel bottom and banks removes vegetation that impedes waterflow. (Image taken on October 19, 2020)

Bond Project List

List of 2018 Bond Projects (PDF)


The Harris County Flood Control District has a significant number of flood damage reduction projects occurring all over Harris County as part of its on-going Capital Improvement Program (CIP), Operations and Maintenance, and the 2018 Bond Program. Click the Project ID on the Map to learn about projects’ details. Some early-stage projects are not highlighted on the map. The map will be updated when projects advance or when more information becomes available.

Project Lifecycle

Every flood damage reduction project is unique. Yet each project begins and ends, with common and predictable milestones along the way. Whether a project moves forward – and how quickly – depends on many factors, including the availability of funding at each milestone, shifting community priorities for flood damage reduction, and other changing circumstances (such as the price of trees or concrete) from year to year.

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Virtual Community Engagement Meeting

The Harris County Flood Control District held a Community Engagement Meeting for the Barker Reservoir Watershed Channel De-Silt and Repair Program.

Date: Thursday, September 30, 2021
Time: 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

You can submit a comment and see the meeting presentation and video by clicking the links below.

Virtual Meeting Video meeting Presentation

Previous Virtual Community Engagement Meeting

A previous virtual community engagement meeting was held on:

Date: Thursday, October 8, 2020
Time:
6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

You can submit a comment and see the meeting presentation and video by clicking the links below.

Summary Virtual Meeting Video meeting Presentation

Previous Community Engagement Meeting

A Community Engagement Meeting for this project was held at James E. Taylor High School in the Katy area.

Date: Monday, October 7, 2019.
Time: 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Summary  Presentation  Meeting Video