Projects & Studies
Projects & Studies
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) and the 2018 Bond Program.
The Flood Control District also relies on securing funding from the federal government, through programs administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and flood damage reduction project partnerships with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (the Corps). Securing federal funds enables the Flood Control District to leverage its funding resources to further plan, design and implement additional CIP and Bond projects on its own and with other local partners, including cities and community groups within Harris County.
Programming, budgeting and ultimately funding CIP projects is accomplished through a structured process. Each year, the Flood Control District submits an annual 5-year CIP to Commissioners Court for approval. The "5-year" refers to a sliding window that advances each year showing the current year and 4 additional years into the future. This 5-year window encompasses all of the current and budgeted capital improvement activities the Flood Control District has identified for implementation throughout Harris County. Implementing projects is one of the three key facets of the Flood Control District's mission.
The Flood Control District's funding was greatly enhanced in 2018, by voter approval of $2.5 billion in bond funding. This new funding enables an even more aggressive implementation of flood damage reduction projects across Harris County.
All of the Flood Control District's capital improvement projects will be implemented efficiently, and with appropriate regard for community and natural values.
Nearly all flood damage reduction projects begin with identifying and defining a flooding problem. Flood risk reduction studies help identify specific projects that will address those flooding problems. When flooding problems are complex, or the affected geographical area is large, a study can be costly. In those cases, the Flood Control District typically seeks funding partners, such as the federal government, to help carry out the study and implement a project.
Partnership studies must meet Flood Control District standards for effectiveness and efficiency, respect community and natural values, and also meet standards and guidelines of the partnership agency.