GREENS BAYOU WATERSHED ANALYSIS & RESILIENCY PLANNING STUDY
The Greens Bayou Watershed Analysis and Resiliency Planning study, funded by a generous grant from the Greater Houston Flood Mitigation Consortium, was developed in response to Hurricane Harvey. The project is a partnership with four Houston neighborhoods severely impacted by flooding from Harvey, and that are located within the Greens and Halls Bayou Watersheds: East Aldine, Eastex | Jensen, East Houston, and Greenspoint.
The yearlong study began with the publication of Briefing Books for each of the partner neighborhoods. The Briefing Books framed the discussion for the first community workshop in January of 2019 where the preliminary flood models were also presented. Workshop participants collaborated on identifying flood risks and challenges in each community, while also developing new ideas and strategies to mitigate these risks. The strategies identified in the workshop informed the development of specific flood mitigation projects in each community. The projects were modeled by the SPEED Center at Rice University to allow researchers and community leaders to evaluate the impact of the proposed projects. The second workshop, held in July of 2019, again brought together a diverse coalition of stakeholders and experts to review and prioritize the resiliency strategies and flood mitigation projects that had been developed.