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

Fort Bend County received some grant money to repair Cane Island from Hurricane Harvey damages.

Fort Bend County received some grant money to repair Cane Island from Hurricane Harvey damages.

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






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