Champions Stormwater Detention Basin K500-24-00

Champions Stormwater Detention Basin K500-24-00

Last Modified: 08/27/2020 01:41 PM

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March 10, 2020 - Harris County Commissioners Court authorized a $200,000 agreement for hydrologic and hydraulic services for an alternatives analysis in support of this project.

February 11, 2020 - Harris County Commissioners Court authorized negotiations with an engineering firm for preliminary engineering, design, bidding and construction stage engineering services in support of a project.

February 11, 2020 - Harris County Commissioners Court authorized an HCFCD Unit Number, K500-24-00, for the Champions Stormwater Detention Basin project and authorized the Flood Control District to proceed with planning, design and construction of a project.

January 30, 2020 - The Flood Control District closed on the purchase of 27.6 acres of land, including the Raveneaux Clubhouse grounds.

January 7, 2020 - Harris County Commissioners Court authorized the acquisition of 27.63 acres owned by Kera Development LP and Cypress/Raveneaux LLC along with its lease interest in the remaining 206 acres of golf course property.

PROJECT DESCRIPTION 

On January 30, 2020, the Flood Control District closed on the purchase of 27.6 acres of land, including the Raveneaux Clubhouse grounds. In February, the Flood Control District will begin discussions with the Cypress Forest Public Utility District regarding an agreement to acquire the remaining acreage that primarily makes up the golf course. Funding for this acquisition will come from the 2018 HCFCD Bond Project F-20, Cypress Creek Right-of-Way Acquisition and Floodplain Preservation.

It is the Flood Control District’s intent to build a regional stormwater detention basin on the Raveneaux property, to reduce flooding risks in the Cypress Creek watershed. The Flood Control District realizes that community interest in this matter is very high. At this time, project specifics have not been determined. The Flood Control District will have community engagement meetings to solicit input and ideas about the future project.

What could the Champions Basin Look Like?

This video rendering presents one possible example of how the Champions Stormwater Detention Basin could be designed and built. It illustrates a basin with multiple wet-bottom stormwater detention compartments, a forested buffer along Cypresswood Drive, and post-construction trails added by recreational sponsors. This is only one preliminary concept; the Flood Control District has made no decisions about the actual basin design. The Flood Control District does not build recreational projects. No formal commitment for recreational amenities has been made by a third-party trail sponsor.

The Flood Control District has determined that the site is a suitable candidate for a stormwater detention basin. However, details about the possible capacity, footprint and engineering design of the basin depend on the results of multiple ongoing and future activities, including boundary and topographical surveys, geotechnical sampling, environmental investigations, hydrologic and hydraulic modeling, and community engagement. The Flood Control District currently is conducting modeling activities as part of the initial development, or Preliminary Engineering stage, of this project.

Community Engagement is a critical component of this project. More information about activities in connection with this project will be shared with the public. No decision about the ultimate appearance and design of the Champions basin will be made without community input.

This video is offered for illustration purposes only, and in response to questions about the possible future appearance of the basin. It represents one possible example among a range of options for how the basin could be designed. Please note that future decisions about features such as forested buffers, wet- or dry-bottom detention compartments, islands, and trails will impact the ultimate capacity of the basin to store stormwater, and therefore its ability to reduce flooding risks.

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