White Oak Bayou

White Oak Bayou
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Watershed Overview

Drainage Area Watershed Population Open Stream Miles Primary Streams
111 Sq. Miles 433,250 146 Miles White Oak Bayou
Little White Oak Bayou
Brickhouse Gully
Cole Creek
Vogel Creek

The White Oak Bayou watershed stretches from central to northwest Harris County and includes the City of Jersey Village and portions of the City of Houston. Rainfall within the 111 square miles of the White Oak Bayou watershed drains to the primary waterway, White Oak Bayou (HCFCD Unit E100-00-00). The bayou flows southeast from its headwaters northwest of FM 1960 to its confluence with Buffalo Bayou (HCFCD Unit W100-00-00) downtown Houston. 

There are 146 miles of open waterways in the watershed, including White Oak Bayou and its major tributaries, such as Little White Oak Bayou (HCFCD Unit E101-00-00), Brickhouse Gully (HCFCD Unit E115-00-00), Cole Creek (HCFCD Unit E117-00-00) and Vogel Creek (HCFCD Unit E121-00-00). Based on the 2010 U.S. Census, the estimated population of the White Oak Bayou watershed is 433,250. Development in the White Oak Bayou watershed has progressed rapidly and is expected to continue.

Projects In White Oak Bayou Watershed

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 on the red and orange highlighted areas to learn about projects' details. See also the menu on the left of this page for additional project information. 

• Maintenance Projects   
• Capital Projects

How Water Flows In white oak bayou Watershed