Projects & Studies
Little Cypress Creek Frontier Program
The Little Cypress Creek Frontier Program is one component of the Harris County Flood Control District’s overall Frontier Program, which is an organized effort to plan for regional drainage infrastructure in advance of future land development.
The Little Cypress Creek Frontier Program focuses on the 52-square-mile Little Cypress Creek watershed in northwest Harris County. This area, which is experiencing rapid development with construction of the Grand Parkway, lacks sufficient natural drainage to accommodate expected growth. By collaborating with land owners and developers, the program is working to identify a large-scale, mutually beneficial plan for drainage that cost-effectively maximizes stormwater mitigation and water quality, as well as opportunities for public recreational amenities and open space.
This innovative approach is in contrast to typical efforts in which individual land owners and developers install drainage infrastructure that serves their site alone, resulting in smaller, isolated stormwater detention basins and minimum-width channels for stormwater management. By taking a regional approach, the Frontier Program protects existing developments and provides proper drainage access for newly developing properties.
Developers participate in the Frontier Program by paying a $4,000-per-acre fee to develop in the watershed service area. Developers also participate by excavating a portion of regional drainage facilities and by dedicating property for right-of-way. The Little Cypress Creek Frontier Program will use impact fees primarily to acquire right-of-way along the channel and for stormwater detention basins.
The program calls for stricter stormwater detention requirements to mitigate runoff from new developments and will result in at least seven regional detention basins with a combined minimum storage of 14,000 acre-feet.
Major components of the Little Cypress Creek Frontier Program plan include:
• Kluge Stormwater Detention Basin L500-02-00
This stormwater detention basin on a 146-acre site between Kluge Road and Longwood Trace Drive was completed in 2015. The basin holds more than 325 million gallons, or 1,000 acre-feet, of excess stormwater during periods of heavy rain.
• Zube Stormwater Detention Basin L500-01-00
This stormwater detention basin is located on Harris County Precinct 3’s existing Zube Park and an 84-acre site east of the park owned by the Flood Control District. Phase I construction was completed in 2016. Phase II, which includes additional excavation and a weir connecting the basin to Little Cypress Creek, began construction in early 2017.
• Little Cypress Creek Tributary L112-01-00
Conveyance improvements for this Little Cypress Creek tributary near Mueschke Road and the Grand Parkway are in design and are expected to go out for bid in 2018. Stormwater mitigation for this project will be provided by construction of HCFCD Unit L512-01-00.
• Kleb-Mueschke Stormwater Detention Basin L512-01-00
This stormwater detention basin on a 106-acre site south of Kleb Woods is under construction in 2018. The basin provides mitigation for improvements to HCFCD Unit L112-01-00.
• Bauer-Hockley Stormwater Detention Basin L514-01-00
This stormwater detention basin on a 101-acre site near Bauer-Hockley and Becker roads, west of the confluence of Little Cypress and Cypress creeks, has been previously excavated through excavation and removal contracts. A weir connecting the basin to a Little Cypress Creek tributary is in design.
• Property acquisition is underway for several components of the Little Cypress Creek Frontier Program Master Plan, including stormwater detention basins and future channel projects to increase stormwater storage and carrying capacity within the Little Cypress Creek watershed.