The TCRFC coordinated closely with the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) to apply for a FEMA Cooperation Technical Partner (CTP) grant.  Halff utilized the results of the Multi-Year Floodplain Mapping Plan and Map Needs Assessment (MNA) to develop a Mapping Activity Statement (MAS) as the basis of the CTP grant.  The San Bernard Hydrologic Unit Code (HUC) includes the streams within the 8-digit HUC that ranked the highest in the MNA, combined with communities that had available leverage, and was also ranked high on the FEMA Coordinated Needs Management Strategy (CNMS) prioritization.  Therefore, a FEMA CTP Grant was awarded to TWDB/TCRFC for the San Bernard HUC.  This study is referred to as the TCRFC Year One MAS (YR 1 MAS).

In September 2011, FEMA officially awarded TWDB and TCRFC $700,000 in grant funding for the YR 1 MAS.  On December 9, 2011, the TCRFC board contracted Halff Associates to execute the tasks of the YR 1 MAS.  The project will be implemented in multiple phases with the initial task to Perform Project Discovery and associated Project Outreach activities.  The goal of the YR 1 MAS is to utilize planning information previously developed by the TCRFC communities to document the Discovery Process, prepare floodplain mapping and eventually update DFIRM maps for areas within the San Bernard watershed.

Discovery

Discovery is the first phase of the Mapping Activity Statement.  The Discovery task is the “discovery” of flood hazards and associated flood risk throughout the watershed.  The Goal of Discovery is to work closely with communities to better understand local flood risk, mitigation efforts, and other topics in order to spark watershed-wide discussions about increasing resilience to flooding.  The Discovery process helps communities identify areas at risk for flooding and solutions for reducing that risk.  During Discovery, we seek input from stakeholders within the basin to obtain information about local flood risk, flood hazards, mitigation plans, mitigation activities, flooding history, development plans, and floodplain management activities.  All this information is used to determine which areas of the watershed require mapping, risk assessment, or mitigation planning assistance.

Discovery Data Collection

Researched data does not capture the entire watershed picture.  We rely on information and data provided by the communities.

Requested Data from Communities:

  • Areas of nuisance flooding
  • Historical local flooding locations, mitigation activities and grant projects (ongoing or planned)
  • Comprehensive plans
  • Local development and floodplain management plans
  • Stormwater management activities
  • Community ordinances
  • Infrastructure information, especially for levees and new bridges, dams, culverts and road improvements
  • Flood study needs
  • Regional watershed plans
  • Details of the current flood risk communication process

Why is this Important?

Because flood hazards change over time, this effort provides a great opportunity to take a comprehensive look at the components and activities that contribute to your community’s and your watershed’s flood risk.  In addition to providing another perspective, participating in this process will increase your understanding of your flood risk and help you identify proactive steps you can take to protect your community from losses to life and property that often accompany flooding.

The Discovery Meeting – June 22, 2012

Once communities provide local flood risk and other data, a Discovery meeting will be held to display the findings and communicate where the identified areas of risk occur.  The Discovery Meeting is held to review and validate the gathered flood risk data; discuss the community’s flooding history, development plans, flood mapping needs, and flood risk concerns; and to discuss the vision for the watershed’s future, as well as the importance of mitigation planning and community outreach.  The meeting was a great success.  There were 28 attendees representing 12 communities or organizations.