A little over two years after officials with the Harris County Flood Control District celebrated the completion of the $480 million Project Brays, a new study seeks to tackle the portion of the Brays Bayou watershed upstream of Fondren Road.

Two-minute impact

Melissa Meyer, engineering manager with the HCFCD, spoke about the upcoming study at a March 19 meeting of the Brays Bayou Association.

Work on the study, known as the Upper Brays Feasibility Study, is expected to kick off in the fall, after the HCFCD finalizes the scope and selects a vendor to contract with, Meyer said.

The details

While Project Brays involved looking at the portion of the watershed from Fondren Road downstream to the Buffalo Bayou confluence, the upper Brays study will start from Fondren Road and look upstream toward the Barker Reservoir watershed. It will not include Keegans Bayou, Meyer said.

What's next

Once the study begins, it is expected to take one year to complete, Meyer said. Part of the study will involve identifying funding plans and looking at potential funding partners for any projects added to the HCFCD's capital improvement plan.

One more thing

Meyer also gave updates on several other Brays Bayou projects at the meeting, including a pair of detention basins in the Meyerland area. Construction is roughly 33% complete on the main basin where Brays Bayou meets Loop 610, she said.

A smaller basin farther downstream of the main basin might be relocated and is being re-evaluated based on resident concerns, Meyer said. Because the basins received federal funding, any change in plans has to be evaluated to ensure it meets cost-benefit requirements, she said.