Rain Garden Demonstration Project Moving From Planning to Execution
From the Interim Executive Director
Click here to read the monthly message from the Harris County Flood Control District's Interim Executive Director Alan Black.
The Harris County Flood Control District is exploring new low-impact ideas to lessen the burden on neighborhood storm sewer systems and reduce local street flooding. Rain gardens – small, shallow, specially-planted areas that collect and promote infiltration of rainwater – have been used successfully in other areas of the country to reduce flooding risks and improve stormwater quality.
The Flood Control District is working to identify previously cleared buyout lots in multiple watersheds to test this new Green Stormwater Infrastructure (GSI) technology. The goal of the rain garden demonstration project is to monitor and document the effectiveness of rain gardens in Harris County soils.
Upcoming Maintenance Work in White Oak Bayou
The Harris County Flood Control District is continuing maintenance in the White Oak Bayou watershed. Project E125-00-00-X007 Channel Repairs in Precinct 4 will start in Winter 2021.
The contract amount is $2.7 million. Construction on this maintenance project will repair a channel from Woodwind Lakes Drive to Lake Lane. Construction equipment will access the work area via Lake Lane and Woodwind Lakes Drive.
Motorists are urged to be alert to truck traffic when passing near construction access points and along truck routes. The Flood Control District appreciates your patience through the duration of this project. More information may be available on the Flood Control District’s website, www.hcfcd.org/maintenance.
Should you have any questions or comments, please visit www.hcfcd.org/contact-us.
Payroll Coordinator, HR Department
Construction Update: Drainage Repairs Armand Bayou
The Flood Control District has begin construction on maintenance project B115-00-00-X013 Slope Repairs Package in the Armand Bayou watershed that will address slope failure repairs from Space Center Boulevard to Armand Bayou. This work is taking place in Precinct 2 at a cost of $393,228 and is expected to last for 60 days. Construction equipment will access the work area via Armand Bayou. Motorists are urged to be alert to truck traffic when passing near construction access points and along truck routes. The Flood Control District appreciates your patience through the duration of this project. More information may be available on the Flood Control District’s website, www.hcfcd.org/maintenance.
In the News
How long have you been with the Flood Control District?
How did you get your start at the Flood Control District?
I started as an intern, working on days I was off from school.
What are your day-to-day responsibilities?
My main responsibilities include payroll and benefits. Mostly answering questions and processing payroll. It’s kind of like customer service for the employees.
What is your favorite thing about working at the Flood Control District?
I basically grew up at the Flood Control District. I started out as the as the college kid people would look out for, like making sure I ate and all of that. Now my own child is headed to college.
What is the best career lesson you've learned so far?
Since this is basically the only job I’ve had, I’ve learned that people have varied work styles, and I learned how to adjust to different personalities to achieve successful outcomes.
What is something about you that people would be surprised to know?
At night, I’m a rock star 😊 (but some of you already know that.)
Feel free to share anything else about yourself, your role or your experience at the Flood Control District!
My duties can be quite overwhelming at times, but I can’t imagine working anywhere else.