Harris County awarded $2.7M for San Jacinto River drainage plan
The Texas Division of Emergency Management recently awarded $2,708,208 to Harris County to provide necessary funding from FEMA to complete a comprehensive San Jacinto Watershed Master Drainage Plan, according to a San Jacinto River Authority press release.
There is a local match of $677,052 that will be shared between the SJRA, Harris County, Montgomery County and the City of Houston.
The Harris County Flood Control District will work alongside the SJRA, Montgomery County and City of Houston officials to develop a comprehensive set of models for the upper San Jacinto watershed.
The study is expected to be complete by January 2022.
Community meetings will be held to gather public input and comments for help with study results.
Results from the San Jacinto Watershed Master Drainage Plan will also be used to update the Montgomery County Mitigation Plan and to identify future flood mitigation projects.
The master drainage plan will help identify existing watershed conditions, analyze flood risks and identify vulnerabilities needing mitigation projects that may include large regional detention facilities and other environmental issues throughout the upper San Jacinto Watershed.
The master plan will analyze approximately 535 miles of bodies of water located in Harris County, Montgomery County, Liberty County, San Jacinto County, Walker County, Grimes County and Waller County.
The West Fork and East Fork of the San Jacinto River, Lake Creek, Cypress Creek, Little Cypress Creek, Spring Creek, Willow Creek, Caney Creek, Peach Creek, Luce Bayou, Tarkington Bayou and Jackson Bayou will be analyzed.