Projects & Studies

Projects & Studies

Projects

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). This is in addition or even complementary to the more visible "Major Projects."

The District relies heavily 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 District to leverage its funding resources to further plan, design and implement additional CIP 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 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 District has identified for implementation throughout Harris County. Implementing projects is one of the three key facets of the District's mission.

The District's CIP funding capability was greatly enhanced in 2001, by the Harris County Commissioners Court. This new funding puts the District funding at levels four to five times higher than at any time in the recent past. This new funding approach enables an even more aggressive implementation of flood damage reduction projects across Harris County.

Studies

All of the District's capital improvement projects, including the Major 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. That process is followed by performing a study to find potential projects. When flooding problems are complex, or the affected geographical area is large, a study can be costly. In those cases, the District typically seeks funding partners, such as the federal government, to help carry out the study and implement a project.

Federal partnership studies must meet District standards for effectiveness and efficiency, respect community and natural values, and also meet standards and guidelines of the federal government. The federal agency that typically partners with the District on large studies is the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.