US Army Corps of Engineers
Galveston District

Corps to host public scoping meetings for Buffalo Bayou and Tributaries Resiliency Study

Published April 16, 2019

(April 16, 2019) – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston 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, USACE 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 USACE 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.”

The open-house meetings are scheduled as follows:

 

April 30, 2019                                                                         May 2, 2019

5:00-8:00 p.m.                                                                         5:00-8:00 p.m.

Kingsland Baptist Church                                                  Saint John Vianney Catholic Church

Activity Center                                                                      Activity Center

20555 Kingsland Blvd                                                          625 Nottingham Oaks Trail

Katy, TX  77450                                                                      Houston TX, 77079

 

May 7, 2019                                                                            May 8, 2019

5:00-8:00 p.m.                                                                        5:00-8:00 p.m.

Trini Mendenhall Community Center                            University of Houston Downtown

1414 Wirt Rd                                                                          Wilhelmina Cullen Robertson Auditorium

Houston, TX  77055                                                              3rd Floor (Main Street Level) of Academic

                                                                                                  Building

May 9, 2019                                                                            1 Main St., A350

6:00-9:00 p.m.*                                                                      Houston, TX 77002

Cypress Ridge High School, 9th Grade Cafeteria                                                                             

7900 N Eldridge Parkway                                         

Houston, TX 77041

*Presentation given at 6:30, 7:30 and 8:30                                                                       

 

BBTRS public meetings will follow an open-house style format with display boards describing the study purpose, need, and process. Formal presentations are scheduled for 5:30, 6:30, and 7:30 pm, unless otherwise noted above, and will last approximately 30 minutes.

“Although there will not be a formal question and answer session during the presentation, staff from the Corps and Harris County Flood Control District will be available to answer questions and take comments throughout the evening” said Melinda Fisher, biologist at USACE Galveston District. “All material presented will be the same for each scheduled public meeting.”

Written comments may be filled out on a comment card at any of the public scoping meetings or mailed to USACE, Galveston District, Attn: BBTRS, P.O. Box 1229, Galveston, TX 77553-1229. Comments may also be submitted electronically to BBTRS@usace.army.mil. All comments must be received or postmarked by May 31, 2019.

For additional information on the study, visit the USACE Galveston website at: https://www.swg.usace.army.mil/Missions/Projects/Buffalo-Bayou-and-Tributaries-Resiliency-Study/

 

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Contact
Lt. Col. Mark Williford
409-766-3005
swgpao@usace.army.mil
or
Breeana Moore
409-766-3004
swgpao@usace.army.mil

Release no. 19-010