With jurisdiction over more than 2,500 miles of open and closed channels across nearly 1,800 square miles, and with
limited staff, the Flood Control District anticipates a variety of potential benefits from the use of UAS:
- They make the inspection process safer for inspectors who often need to access waterways and enter remote,
- They allow inspectors to cover more ground in a work day, as compared to boots-on-the-ground
- Future applications could utilize different image-capturing capabilities to identify plant stress, and
quantify success of site stabilization and tree planting sites. These tasks help to determine when a project
has been successfully completed by a contractor, or to identify contractor performance issues.
Flood Control District use of UAS technology is guided by both federal and state law, including the Texas Privacy
Act. Recent contractors, HUVRdata LLC and Precision Aerial Compliance Solutions, are among UAS service providers
vetted and credentialed by the National UAS Credentialing Program (NUASCP).