Addressing Illicit Discharge and Improper Disposal is a major section within the Flood Control District’s SWMP and includes the collection and categorization of litter, floatables, and debris. MS4 permit language allows the Flood Control District flexibility in developing programs and partnerships to address floatables in local waterways. An important partner to the Flood Control District is the Buffalo Bayou Partnership (BBP). The BBP uses a combination of strategically located floatables collection booms, vacuum boats, and land-based crews to collect litter, floatables, and debris from lower Buffalo Bayou, lower Brays Bayou, a portion of the Port of Houston, and other special pilot project sites identified by the District. Additionally, the Flood Control District’s Facilities Maintenance Department performs routine collection of floatables and debris on District detention basins and channels where floatables regularly collect. All of these efforts result in less floatables debris and trash in our waterways.
Vacuum Boat on Buffalo Bayou, operated byBuffalo Bayou Partnership on behalf of the Flood Control District
Arthur Storey Park Detention Basin in the Brays Bayou watershed is one of the special pilot floatables collection project sites. Due to the configuration of the detention basin and its location in the watershed, large quantities of floatables trash and debris can become trapped in localized areas within the basin. Since 2013, the BBP has been collecting and categorizing floatables using booms and land-based crews on a weekly basis. This project will allow the Flood Control District and other partners to determine litter generation rates within the watershed.
Debris at Arthur Storey Park Detention Basin before cleanup and installation of floatables boom
Arthur Storey Park Detention Basin after floatables boom installation