Interactive StoryMaps

Learn more about the Addicks and Barker projects and the study process and progress, including a summary of the Interim Report, through these interactive StoryMaps:

Be involved and stay informed

Community engagement in reducing the risks from flooding is important.

Specifically, getting involved in this study can help the Corps and Harris County Flood Control District develop recommendations that are sensitive to your communities and effectively meet the project goals. We are committed to building your understanding of the engineering and design options considered to date, ensuring that accurate information is easily accessible, and that opportunities are available for your input. The potential outcome of this study may both add value to and affect aspects of communities in the study area. 

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The study team will provide updates through this website and through e-mail as the study continues. Check this website periodically and add your e-mail address to our mailing list by sending a request to

Additionally, we will post and notify you of public review and comment opportunities concurrent to the National Environmental Policy Act process.

At this phase of the study process, the alternatives and their features need to demonstrate that they will meet the engineering goals of the project, are technically feasible and cost effective, and are evaluated under the concurrent National Environmental Policy Act process. Should the recommendations from this study advance toward more detailed design, additional work will strive to balance these designs with the environment and community input.

Learn more about the Interim Report here.

Learn more about NEPA

The National Environmental Policy Act is our basic national charter for protection of the environment. It is foremost a procedural law that helps ensure that federal decision makers take a hard look at the potential effects of a proposed action and allow the public and other stakeholders to comment on the federal agency’s effects analysis and consideration of reasonable alternatives. The NEPA analysis helps these decision makers understand the environmental consequences of the alternatives in comparative form before making a decision. This “hard look” is informed by the public and other stakeholders, starting with a project or study’s scoping phase.

Click graphic to enlargeThe environmental review process that accompanies Corps planning studies and its value to the public are not always easy to understand. Recognizing this, and to help the public and organizations effectively participate in federal agency environmental reviews, the Council on Environmental Quality wrote the informational A Citizen’s Guide to the NEPA

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