Poor Farm Ditch (HCFCD Unit D111-00-00) is a man-made drainage channel constructed more than 55 years ago that carries stormwater from surrounding neighborhoods in southwest Harris County to Brays Bayou. The channel provides drainage to portions of the cities of West University Place, Southside Place, Houston and Bellaire.
Prompted by concerns of frequent street and house flooding, as well as failing infrastructure in Poor Farm Ditch, the Harris County Flood Control District, in 2002, initiated a regional drainage study to investigate alternative improvements that might be considered.
During the execution of the study, a stakeholders group comprised of representatives from the cities of West University Place, Southside Place, Houston and Bellaire, as well as representatives from the Braeswood Place Homeowners Association, was organized to help the Flood Control District formulate alternatives and assess community preferences regarding possible solutions. The study findings were published in 2004.