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Issue 32
November 2023

Flood Control District team attends Environmental & Water Resources Institute Annual Conference 

Team members from the Flood Control District attended the Houston Environmental & Water Resources Institute (EWRI) 3rd Annual Houston Conference, giving presentations on a wide range of topics relevant to the organization. Participants included: 

  • Grants Manager Jonathan St. Romain was part of a panel discussion on “Funding Opportunities and Strategies,” focusing on how to find funding for important projects.

  • Facilities Maintenance Department Manager John Watson presented on a panel for “Maintenance of Nature Based Solutions,” discussing alternative methods of flood mitigation involving nature-based solutions and innovative approaches.

  • Chief Infrastructure and Operations Officer Jason Krahn spoke alongside other industry professionals on a panel about “Construction Challenges and Opportunities.”

  • Chief Partnerships and Programs Officer Scott Elmer gave a presentation on “Lessons Learned from Construction Initiatives,” based on the organization’s previous experience with complex, large-scale construction efforts.

  • Flood Resilience Manager Ryan Slattery presented on the subject of “Finding Resiliency,” focusing on how Harris County and the Flood Control District are approaching holistic resilience planning.


EWRI is one of eight technical advisory groups for the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and focuses on environmental and water-related issues. Dedicated to fostering civil engineering excellence and professional development, the ASCE Texas Section stands out as one of the largest and most dynamic sections within the ASCE network. Founded in 1913, the Texas Section proudly represents nearly 10,000 members across the state.

Dr. Tina Petersen speaks at monthly American Council of Engineering Companies meeting

Executive Director, Dr. Tina Petersen, took the stage at the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) November Chapter Membership Meeting. During her presentation, she highlighted recently secured partnership funding and grants and emphasized the critical importance of investing in maintenance initiatives across Harris County.


ACEC is dedicated to advancing private consulting, engineering, and educating public officials about infrastructure investment, as well as advocating for sound business practices in the industry.

Engineering staff attends the "One Water Summit" 

At the One Water Summit in Tucson, Arizona, Interim Engineering Division Manager Melissa Meyer participated in a panel representing the Flood Control District. Collaborating with other Houston region representatives, the discussion delved into the multi-functionality of parks and public amenities, exploring their role in both flood risk reduction and community engagement. The summit included 972 registrants from 322 cities across 46 states.


The US Water Alliance’s One Water Summit gathers the most diverse group of water leaders in the country for a completely unique and urgent conversation about the future of water through engaging plenaries and workshops, dynamic learning labs and site-visits, and plenty of networking time between individuals, organizations, and delegations.

New Faces

In November,  we welcomed a whole slate of new professionals to our ever-growing team. Take a moment to learn more about their new duties and responsibilities. 

Amy Crouser
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What is your title and Department?

Project Communications Specialist in the Project Communications Department

How long have you been with the Flood Control District?

A little over 16 years.

How did you get your start at the Flood Control District?

Before I started here, the Flood Control District was my client for four years when I worked at an interactive advertising agency! At the ad agency, I was part of the team that built the very first Flood Control District website. I also assisted in building the TSARP (Tropical Storm Allison Recovery Project) website, which was the first interactive FEMA regulatory floodplain mapping tool for Harris County.

What does your job at the Flood Control District entail?

It is never the same thing each day. You know when job descriptions state “and other duties as assigned?”: that absolutely applies to Project Communications. Our team is responsible for proactive and reactive communications about different projects and programs within our assigned watersheds. We produce general project communications messaging (for the website, email blasts, construction advisories, social media) as well as communicate directly with a single resident or special interest group(s) about projects or concerns within a community. We draft the scripts and presentations for Community Engagement Meetings and handle all the planning required to host successful meetings. We also attend press conferences or special events hosted by community partners and stakeholders, which can mean working nights and weekends. A lesser-known job duty is that we handle the resident complaints, or citizen service requests, during times of active construction. So, we really stay in contact with the Engineering Project Manager as well as the Construction Manager as necessary throughout a project’s lifecycle.

What is your favorite thing about working at the Flood Control District?

My favorite thing is honestly “knowing stuff.” I really like to be helpful to my coworkers and Harris County residents to help them find the information they need in the most streamlined way possible. Because I’ve been here for over a decade and a half, I’ve seen things and therefore I know things (ha!). It sounds funny to say, but that really is my favorite thing right now at this point in my career...and I’m still learning something new every day!

What’s the coolest thing you’re working on right now? 

I would say the Inwood Forest Stormwater Detention Basin project. The project is made up of 12 interconnected stormwater detention basins that are being constructed on a former City of Houston golf course. This project was in the works for a very, very long time (as in, before my time here), and we finally got to the construction stage this year. We are dealing with waterline shutoffs in the wee hours of the morning, street closures, aquatic life relocations due to golf course ponds being drained, tree protection and trying our best to keep residents comfortable and informed during the inconveniences of construction.

What has been your favorite project so far? 

A few things come to mind, but I am going to land on the Shady Lane Park interactive signage that we installed near the Bretshire Stormwater Detention Basin. A playground and a splash pad were constructed on park land next to our basin. We created three interactive signs with moving parts and tactile elements (for kids and adults) to help explain concepts such as stormwater storage for mitigation purposes, the water cycle, and bird migration in our area.

What is the best career lesson you’ve learned so far? 

A former coworker named Mr. Jim Greeson told me that doing a job to the best of anyone’s ability won’t always make everyone happy...that a career and a job will have many ups and downs, but if you like what you do and you know you are good at it, then stick with it during the lows and time will work out the rest.

What is something about yourself that most people don't know?

I play a high intensity sport called pádel. When I tell people, they will usually try to correct me and say “Oh, pickleball.” I say, “no, pádel.” Then they say, “oh, paddleball.” and I say “no, pádel.”

What is something about you that people would be surprised to know?

In 2021, I bought a house and built a pádel court in my backyard. It is one of just seven courts within the City of Houston – and two of those courts are at The Houstonian.

What was your first job?

My first job was working for the City of Lafayette (Louisiana) as a summer camp counselor at a public park facility.

What do you like most about your job?

I like the variety and the opportunity to be involved in community-changing projects. Before transferring from Creative Services to Project Communications, I had a different view of the work that we do at the Flood Control District. I learned so much in Creative Services as well, but from a different viewpoint. Project Communications digs a lot deeper into the weeds of a project and we must emerge with a potted (native) plant that we can present to the public.

What motivates you to wake up and go to work?

My team. We keep each other motivated and positive during challenging times because we rely on each other to be successful in our efforts.

Work Continues

Maintenance work continues in a variety of locations across the Addicks Reservoir watershed, including along HCFCD Unit ID: U118-00-00-X009. This particular section of the channel is a tributary of Langham Creek and is located in northwest Harris County just east of MUD #16’s Wastewater Treatment Plant in the Stonecreek Neighborhood. Our work onsite focuses on replacing two outfall pipes and repairing a washout area behind a nearby pedestrian footbridge. Riprap will be put down in the washout area to prevent future erosion. 

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Progress continues on major maintenance activities across the Cypress Creek watershed. Crews are working to replace and repair damaged infrastructure along several channels within the project limits. Turf establishment is also part of this important maintenance work. 

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Construction of the Inwood Forest Stormwater Detention Basin started in May 2023 and is anticipated to be complete by early 2026.  The project is located both east and west of Antoine Dr. with a total of 12 interconnected basins. The project is being constructed on a former golf course and will provide flood damage reduction benefits and also mitigate impacts of future City of Houston drainage projects.

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