Fort Bend County Drainage District accepts $48M in federal grant money

Saturday, September 28, 2019

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By:Jen Para - Community Impact

Three channels in the Katy, Sugar Land and Missouri City areas have received federal grant money for erosion-repair projects related to Hurricane Harvey and Tax Day Flood damages.

At the Sept. 24 meeting, the Fort Bend County Drainage District board of directors accepted $48.4 million in grant funds for Willow Fork channel, Cane Island channel and Oyster Creek from the U.S. Department of Agriculture agency Natural Resources Conservation Service.

A local match from the county is required, totaling about $5 million. The upcoming Nov. 5 flood bond referendum will help pay for the county’s share of the projects, said Mark Vogler, the general manager and chief engineer of the drainage district. Find a map of the proposed bond projects at the bottom of this article.

According to meeting paperwork, the projects entail erosion repair for the three watersheds. Here are the project descriptions:

Willow Fork Phase 1

Federal grant: $6,651,980.93
Local match: $681,206.44

  • Install about 3,450 linear feet of 5-foot-tall sheet pile wall along the bank for erosion control and bank stabilization.
  • Install five rock check dams for erosion control.

Willow Fork Phase 2

Federal grant: $12,289,806.94
Local match: $1,258,556.78

  • Install about 19,450 linear feet of 5-foot-tall sheet pile wall along the bank for erosion control and bank stabilization.
  • Install five rock check dams for erosion control.

Willow Fork Phase 3

Federal grant: $11,760,661.12
Local match: $1,204,368.78

  • Remove and dispose about 46,300 cubic yards of sediment.
  • Install about 16,650 linear feet of 5-foot-tall sheet pile wall along the bank for erosion control and bank stabilization.
  • Install five rock check dams for erosion control.

Cane Island Phase 2

Federal grant: $3,964,675.72
Local match: $406,008.78

  • Repair failed ditch slopes.

Cane Island Phase 3

Federal grant: $3,608,995.21
Local match: $369,585.11

  • Install about 1,870 linear feet of 5-foot-tall sheet pile wall along the bank for erosion control and bank stabilization
  • Install 3 rock check dams for erosion control

Oyster Creek Phase 1

Federal grant: $4,263,051.80
Local match: $436,564.44

  • Install about 2,200 linear feet of 5-foot-tall sheet pile wall along the bank for erosion control and bank stabilization
  • Install 5 rock check dams for erosion control

Oyster Creek Phase 2

Federal grant: $5,881,591.87
Local match: $602,313.56

  • Install about 4,050 linear feet of 5-foot-tall sheet pile wall along the bank for erosion control and bank stabilization
  • Install 5 rock check dams for erosion control

Map of various projects included in the Nov. 5 Fort Bend County $83 million flood bond referendum

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