This project involves right-of-way acquisition, design and construction of the Schiel Stormwater Detention Basin, HCFCD Unit L500-09-00. This basin will help reduce existing flood levels in the Little Cypress Creek watershed and allow for future stormwater infrastructure improvements that will reduce the risk of flooding in this area. The basin site, which is expected to include more than 580 acres, is located north of Highway 290 and west of the Grand Parkway, near the intersection of Bauer and Schiel roads, in northwest Harris County.
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 Schiel basin will store approximately 6,300 to 6,800 acre-feet (more than 2 billion gallons) of stormwater.
This project is part of the Little Cypress Creek Frontier program that will reduce the risk of flooding in the Little Cypress Creek watershed for more than 3,200 structures in the Atlas 14 1 percent (100-year) floodplain and will reduce that floodplain by more than 5,800 acres. Bond Project F-30 will provide funding for right-of-way acquisition, design and construction of the Schiel basin.