Debris Removal Program Aims to Prevent Channel Blockages
Debris removal is an important part of the work we do at the Harris County Flood Control District. We classify debris two different ways, organic debris: trees, brush, grass wads, big stems that get caught under bridges and then inorganic debris, which is man-made debris. This includes things like pallets, mattresses, sofas, car tires and other man-made items that float into the channels.
Native Seed Study Laying Roots for a More Sustainable Tomorrow
Harris County Flood Control District is sowing seeds for a more sustainable tomorrow. The Harris County Flood Control District is partnering with Texas Native Seed on a new project that studies native grasses in an effort to develop a genetically improved seed mix that can be used for future site stabilization projects. Native grass seeding on Flood Control District projects has been a long-sought-after goal. However, identifying a commercially available and locally adaptable species suitable for the region has been challenging.
"Prescribed Burn" in Greens Bayou Reduces 40 Acres of Invasive Vegetation
Recently, Acorn Forestry, a state-certified burn management consultant working with the Flood Control District’s Environmental Services Department, set fire to 40 acres of prairie within the Greens Bayou Wetlands Mitigation Bank (P700-01-00-Y001). This type of “prescribed burn” was used as a tool to reduce invasive vegetation and improve habitat on flood control property. There was coordination with necessary state and local agencies, and nearby residents were informed ahead of time by the Communications Division.