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Funding White Oak Bayou Projects

The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 (Act) passed February 9th contained substantial appropriation amounts and provisions that favor Texas, Harris County, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers/HCFCD partnered White Oak Bayou flood risk reduction project. The City and Harris County Flood Control District are very grateful for what our Texas delegation accomplished.

Here is a breakdown of the $17.39 billion in funding approved for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers:

  • $15.055 billion for repairs to ongoing construction projects, and to expedite construction projects that will help mitigate future disaster damage
    • The completion of ongoing projects, such as Project Brays, would be at full Federal expense.
    • $10.425 billion of the construction funding will be used to expedite construction of projects for flood and storm damage reduction in areas affected by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, or Maria. All authorized projects in Harris County, such as White Oak Bayou, are eligible for this funding.
    • $4.63 billion of the construction funding will be used for projects in states that have had more than one flood-related major disaster since 2014. Harris County would also be eligible for this funding.
    • Construction funds could be used for projects that are studied as a result of the investigations the bill allows for. This will allow us to undertake studies for potential new projects such the 3rd reservoir, and have the funding available to begin construction.

The fate of the White Oak Bayou project is now in the hands of the Executive Branch, namely the Corps, the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works [ASA(CW)], and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). The Corps and the ASA(CW) will be preparing implementation guidance for the provisions in the Act in accordance with current laws and hopefully the intent of Congress. All three of the Executive Branch entities will select projects and studies to fund. According to HCFCD White Oak Bayou has a good chance of being selected and funded under the “completion of ongoing construction projects” special category.


Over the next few months, the City of Jersey Village and Harris County Flood Control District will be closely monitoring the progress of the implementation guidance and selection process.


More information on the Disaster Supplemental Information as provided by Congressman Culberson’s Office can be found here.

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