The Inwood Forest Golf Course was purchased by the City of Houston in 2011 and is the focal point of a joint City of Houston (COH) and Harris County Flood Control District (HCFCD) flood mitigation project. The former golf course is to be repurposed as a regional stormwater detention facility to provide regional flood damage reduction benefits along White Oak Bayou (HCFCD Unit No. E100-00-00) and Vogel Creek (HCFCD Unit No. E121-00-00) and sub-regional/local flood mitigation benefit for communities and subdivisions adjacent to and near the basin cells.
The City of Houston, on August 2, 2019, received a FEMA Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) grant for the Inwood Forest Stormwater Detention Project. The grant will fund the design and ultimately the construction of all identified areas of the Inwood Forest Stormwater Detention Project. Harris County Flood Control District supported the grant application effort.
The project is estimated to cost approximately $48 million; the federal grant will cover 75% with a 25% local match. Initial construction of basins in the area has been completed by the City of Houston, and the Flood Control District intended to proceed with construction of the remaining basins in phases. With the new grant monies, all design and construction will now be completed as one project.
All transportation and roadway projects are subject to multiple federal and state environmental laws and regulations. These laws apply regardless of whether a project-specific permit has been issued. Permits are often obtained from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, or the National Marine Fisheries Service.
Cypress Environmental Consulting is an approved HUB environmental services provider, currently contracted with TXDOT on multiple contracts including several Statewide Water Resources and Houston District Scientific Services.
Cypress Environmental Consulting works across the region in Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and New Mexico - having recently completed nine U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) EAs for projects in the Permian Basin and three 40+ mile proposed pipeline projects across University Lands in west Texas. In addition, we have extensive BLM special status plant species (SSPS) survey experience and we are on the BLM approved contractor list in New Mexico. We are also approved for wildlife trench monitoring during construction, and are permitted by TPWD for protected species surveys including freshwater mussel surveys in Texas.