F-27 Zube Stormwater Detention Basin

F-27 Zube Stormwater Detention Basin
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May 24, 2022 – Harris County Commissioners Court approved an agreement in the amount of $250,000 for additional Phase 3 design, bidding, and construction stage engineering services in support of this project.

January 25, 2022 – Harris County Commissioners Court approved a construction contract for this project based on the lowest priced proposal meeting the contract requirements.

August 24, 2021 – Harris County Commissioners Court authorized a Request for Proposal for engineering services in support of this project.

June 29, 2021 – Harris County Commissioners Court rescinded a construction award for this project.

April 27, 2021 – Harris County Commissioners Court has approved the award of a $5,757,595 contract for constructionservices for this project.

September 29, 2020 – Harris County Commissioners Court approved $105,000 for materials engineering and testing services in support of this project.

September 15, 2020 – Harris County Commissioners Court authorized the purchase of $283,800 in wetland mitigation credits from the Greens Bayou Wetlands Mitigation Bank in support of this project.

August 11, 2020 – Harris County Commissioners Court approved bid advertisement for this project.

July 28, 2020 – Harris County Commissioners Court approved an engineering consultant to provide materials engineering and testing services in support of Phase 3 construction for this project.

May 19, 2020 - Harris County Commissioners Court approved updates to project details in the 2018 Bond Program List. Update changes funding based on CDBG-DR application amounts and the latest estimates; reallocation of Bond ID F-89 funding was also made to cover the cost estimate difference.

April 28, 2020 – Harris County Commissioners Court approved an additional $50,000 for Phase 3 design, bidding and construction stage engineering services.

December 17, 2019 – Harris County Commissioners Court approved an agreement with the Flood Control District to use $1.53 million in 2017 Community Development Block Grant funding in support of this project.

September 10, 2019 – Harris County Commissioners Court authorized an additional $174,347 for Phase III design, bidding and construction phase services in support of this project.

March 12, 2019 – Harris County Commissioners Court approved a $304,490 agreement with an engineering firm for Phase III design, bidding, and construction stage engineering services in support of this project. 

December 18, 2018 – Harris County Commissioners Court accepted a preliminary engineering memo and authorized the Flood Control District to proceed with design and construction of this project.

Project Description

This project involves design and multi-phase construction of the Zube Stormwater Detention Basin, HCFCD Unit L500-01-00. The basin is located on the east side of Harris County Precinct 4’s existing 141-acre Zube Park, extending onto an 84-acre Flood Control District site between Roberts and Becker roads. This project is part of a regional drainage infrastructure plan for an area of northwest Harris County, the Little Cypress Creek Frontier Program. Stormwater detention basins are large, excavated areas that reduce flooding risks and damages during heavy rain events by safely storing excess stormwater and slowly releasing it back to the bayou when the threat of flooding has passed.

The third phase of the project began construction in late March 2022. In this phase, the Flood Control District will lower the flow line of Little Cypress Creek through the existing basin and incorporate 9,300 feet of natural stable channel design features in the creek channel. Natural stable channel design features are designed to mimic nature in a way that restores and stabilizes the channel. Examples are the use of natural woody material (buried tree logs and root balls) to protect the channel banks and bottom. The goal of these features is to restore a stream channel so that it transports water and sediment delivered by its watershed in a manner that does not aggrade or degrade the channel bed over a long period of time.

The project also will expand the basin by excavating approximately 563,940 cubic yards of material for offsite disposal or limited onsite use as topsoil and to create maintenance berms along the creek.

Funding for this phase of the project comes from a federal partnership from the U.S. Department of Houston and Urban Development through its Community Development Block Grant application.

Construction of the second phase of this stormwater detention basin was completed in 2018. Work during that phase involved the excavation and removal of approximately 101,000 cubic yards of soil. The project also included the construction of a weir or spillway structure that also serves as a pedestrian crossing over Little Cypress Creek as part of Zube Park’s expanding trail system. Weirs are a type of structure designed to control and direct stormwater from the channel or bayou into a detention basin. Phase 1 construction was completed in 2016 to establish the top-of-bank outline of the basin along the south and east sides, in coordination with plans for the park.

At the completion of Phase 3, the Zube basin is designed to hold approximately 835 acre-feet, or more than 272 million gallons, of stormwater during heavy rain events.

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.

Community Engagement Meeting

A community engagement meeting was held on Wednesday, November 14, 2018.


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