Cypress Creek Watershed Program Implementation Plan
CLIENT Harris Country Flood Control District
LOCATION Houston, TX
Hydrology and Hydraulics
Cypress Creek (K100-00-00) is the fifth-largest watershed in Harris County with over 250 miles of waterways. Comprising as much of the County area, it is no surprise that the watershed is prone to flooding. During Hurricane Harvey in 2017, the watershed took on nearly 30 inches of rainfall – causing record-setting flooding along Cypress Creek and many of its tributaries. Since then, the Harris County Flood Control District (HCFCD) has been on a mission to develop flood damage reduction projects that protect communities and wildlife habitats along Cypress Creek.
Jones|Carter is partnering with the HCFCD to create a program to mitigate the existing flood–prone areas through innovative, holistic, and equitable flood resilience efforts, all while weaving the solutions into the urban fabric of the community. Because of our understanding of the unique nature of the flooding challenges, cost-effective solutions critical to the County’s long-term flood resilience plan and growth projections.
We will provide program management, on-site technical support, and risk analysis. More importantly, we will collaborate with the HCFCD to develop effective public and stakeholder engagement strategies, and analyze and integrate the findings and feedback from these activities into program planning and development. It is critical to the successful delivery of this Program to reflect the community priorities and truly serves its needs.
Phase I & II
During our Phase I services (initial phase), our Team will develop a long-term plan for the implementation and delivery of all projects identified within the Cypress Creek Watershed. This plan will also serve as a roadmap for Phase II of the project, which would include the design, permitting, and construction of the projects identified and programmed in Phase I. Critical aspects in the development of the implementation plan are to understand each project’s limits, environmental and physical constraints, further develop hydraulic and storage mitigation aspects, understand real estate needs, and development of construction phasing and cost estimating. Moreover, our Team will evaluate requirements for the various elements of the Program, including staffing, internal and consultant management, project scheduling, risk identification, and other elements to develop a plan to implement the projects within the defined time frame.