In December 2017, the Flood Control District began work on a group of 15 maintenance projects in the Sims Bayou, San Jacinto & Galveston Bay, San Jacinto River, Carpenters Bayou, Spring Gully & Goose Creek, Greens Bayou and Jackson Bayou watersheds of east Harris County. These first projects will remove and dispose of excess sediment that has built up in the creeks and bayous, to restore stormwater conveyance capacity in existing channels.

Sediment is soil that is broken down, carried and deposited by stormwater. Sediment accumulation, which can reduce stormwater conveyance capacity, is a particular issue in Harris County Precinct 2, which is geographically located on the downstream end of several watersheds.

Planning for this first batch of projects began in early 2017. The Flood Control District has partnered with Harris County Precinct 2 to prioritize and construct these and future maintenance projects in a phased approach that addresses watershed needs across the precinct. On September 12, 2017, Harris County Commissioners Court awarded an approximately $8.1 million construction contract to low bidder Choctaw Construction Services LLC. Sediment removal work was underway in early December and is expected to be complete in approximately one year.

Construction equipment will access the work areas from multiple points along the selected project sites. The contractor will use heavy construction equipment such as dump trucks, backhoes and bulldozers. Motorists and pedestrians are encouraged to be alert to heavy equipment traffic when passing near construction access points. The Flood Control District appreciates your patience during these maintenance projects.

For a complete list of project sites, visit: https://www.hcfcd.org/projects-studies/multi-watershed/sediment-removal-in-precinct-2/