Federal Funding Breathes Life Into Greens Bayou Project
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Galveston District, and Harris County Flood Control District (HCFCD) will start work on the Greens Bayou Flood Damage Reduction Project in north Harris County this year due to $8 million in start-up funding allocated in the federal fiscal year 2015 budget for the Corps’ Civil Works program.
Shakhar Misir, USACE Galveston District project manager for the Greens Bayou project, said the Corps is preparing to enter into a Project Partnership Agreement with the Flood Control District for the estimated four- to five-year project construction period. That estimated schedule is contingent on funding by both the federal government and the HCFCD.
HCFCD Executive Director Michael D. Talbott said this project is prime example of what happens when the Corps and flood control district partner to reduce flooding risks.
“The Greens Bayou Flood Damage Reduction Project will bring much needed relief for nearby homes and businesses that have suffered flooding,” said Talbott. “The district’s strong partnership with the Corps allows us to leverage local tax dollars to achieve significant results.”
The cost share will be approximately 75 percent federal and 25 percent local.