Corps To Host Buffalo Bayou Scoping Meetings

The Galveston Engineer District will host five public scoping meetings starting April 30 to inform the public about the Buffalo Bayou and Tributaries Resiliency Study (BBTRS) and to seek input from the public on the study scope, potential alternatives that should be considered, and environmental resources of concern.

“The Corps, in partnership with Harris County Flood Control District, has initiated the BBTRS, which will investigate causes of flooding within the study area and develop alternatives that could reduce the risk of flooding along Buffalo Bayou and its tributaries, in Harris and Fort Bend counties, Texas,” said project manager Andrew Weber of the Galveston District. “The study will also complete a dam safety modification evaluation on the Addicks and Barker Dams.”

According to Weber, staff will work to gather public feedback about significant issues and impacts. All public comments received will be considered in the draft National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) document prepared pursuant to NEPA of 1969 and Corps regulations.

“Public involvement is an essential part of the NEPA and federal feasibility study process, and we encourage dialogue about concerns or issues surrounding the study,” said Weber. “We also work with federal, state, local agencies and other interested organizations to address their concerns.”

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The open-house meetings are scheduled as follows:

• April 30, 5-8 p.m.—Kingsland Baptist Church, Katy, Texas;

• May 2, 5-8 p.m.—Saint John Vianney Catholic Church, Houston, Texas;

• May 7, 5-8 p.m.—Trini Mendenhall Community Center, Houston, Texas;

• May 8, 5-8 p.m.—University of Houston, Wilhelmina Cullen Robertson Auditorium, Houston, Texas; and

• May 9, 6-9 p.m.—Cypress Ridge High School, Houston, Texas.

Each event will include several formal presentations with time allowed for informal questions. Public comments on the study will be accepted at the meetings, or by mail or email with a May 31 deadline.

For more information on the study, click here.