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LET'S GO AHEAD AND OPEN THE MEETING.

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I AM GOING TO READ OFF A LIST OF THE PEOPLE WE HAVE ONLINE.

JAYCEE.

HECTOR -- IT IS CHANGING SO WE'LL TRY AGAIN.

LAUREN ORTON, BOB WEILICH, ALLEN BLACK, ANTONIO PAZ, BECKY MARTINEZ, BURT JOHNSON, AMIL JACOBS, GARRETT JOHNSTON, HECTOR ALMOS,.

>> SEE JOHN POWERS, KIM BRODE, MARK, MARIANNE BRAID, MATT BARRETT, NANCY BECKER, RUTH, STEPHANIE RUDIGER, TERRY BARR, ROLAND JOHNSON -- ROLAND JOHNSON TWICE.

I THINK THAT'S EVERYBODY.

GOT THE INTRODUCTIONS DONE.

CHAIRMAN'S REPORT, I REALLY DON'T HAVE A CHAIRMAN'S REPORT FOR THIS MEETING SO WE WILL MOVE IMMEDIATELY TO ITEM NUMBER TWO WHICH IS TO REVIEW THE STATUS OF THE ILA

[2. Review the status of ILA for the Groundwater Research Consortium and Science Advisory Committee (Part 1 of 2)]

FOR THE GROUND WATERY SEARCH CONSORTIUM AND SCIENCE ADVISORY COMMITTEE.

I DIDN'T SEE JIM STINSON ON HERE.

JIM, ARE YOU ON?

>> I DIDN'T SEE HIM EITHER.

>> I CAN SEE HIM.

HE HAS MICROPHONE MUTED.

>> JIM, YOU'RE ON MUTE.

TAP THE TOP OF THE SCREEN AND YOU SHOULD SEE THE MICROPHONE WITH A LINE THROUGH IT, JIM.

WHAT WERE YOU SAYING ABOUT THESE ONLINE MEETINGS, AMIL? SL -- EMIL?

>> I SENT HIM A TEXT, BUT I DON'T SEE HIM ON HERE.

>> HE IS LISTENING.

>> HE IS ON MUTE.

>> THERE HE IS.

>> THERE WE GO.

JIM?

>> THERE HE IS.

ALL RIGHT.

>> JIM, UNMUTE YOUR MIC.

>> AND HE IS IN THE OFFICE.

>> HE IS WITHOUT HIS I.T.

GUY.

>> WILLIAM, CAN YOU UNMUTE HIM?

>> I SHOW HE IS DISCONNECTED FROM AUDIO, PERIOD.

>> LAURA, CAN YOU SEND HIM A TEXT AND TELL HIM HE NEEDS TO CALL BACK IN AGAIN? LEAVE THE MEETING AND THEN COME BACK ON AND USE THE COMPUTER AUDIO.

THANKS.

WHAT WE'LL DO IS GO AHEAD AND GO TO ITEM 3.

[Items 3 & 4]

IT IS TO REVIEW THE STATUS OF THE SAINT JACINTO MASTER DRAINAGE PLAN WHICH IS SAN JACINTO CREEK.

ALLEN, YOU CAN DO THE INTEREST DUCKSES AND TAKE IT AWAY.

>> CAN EVERYONE HEAR ME ALL RIGHT?

>> I CAN.

>> AWESOME.

VERY NICE TO SORT OF SEE EVERYBODY TODAY.

SORRY YOU CAN'T SEE ME.

I DO THAT BECAUSE MY INTERNET SOMETIMES CAN'T KEEP UP AND WHEN I DO VIDEO EVERYTHING GOES REAL SPLOTCHY.

IT IS BETTER TO HEAR WHAT I HAVE TO SAY THAN TO SEE ME.

HINT, HINT, HINT.

JUST KID -- KIDDING.

I'M GOING TO TURN IT OVER TO OUR TEAM THAT HAS BEEN WORKING ON THIS MASTER PLAN STUDY.

YOU'LL RECALL THAT THEY HAVE BEEN WORKING ON THIS FOR AWHILE.

WE PROMISE TO HAVE A COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT MEETING UP IN Y'ALL'S NECK OF THE WOODS AND ALL OF OUR MEETINGS HAVE GONE VIRTUAL NOW.

RATHER THAN TRY AND FIGURE THAT PART OUT, WE ARE STILL GOING TO DO VIRTUAL MEETINGS, BUT WE WANTED TO GIVE YOU THE PERSONAL TOUCH ON THIS BECAUSE OF THE INTEREST AS WELL AS THE FUNDING PARTNERSHIP ON THE SITING STUDY.

THE TEAM THAT IS READY TO PRESENT THEIR RESULTS AND I'M NOT 100% SURE WHO IS GOING TO BE PRESENTING FOR THE TEAM.

CAN ANY OF THE TEAM THAT ARE ONLINE RIGHT NOW, CAN Y'ALL CHIME IN AND TELL US WHO THEY ARE SPEAK SNG.

>> THIS IS GARRETT JOHNSTON AND I WILL BE PRESENTING.

>> GARRETT, THANK YOU FOR PRESENTING.

YOU HAVE THE FLOOR.

>> OKAY.

SHOULD I SHARE MY SCREEN?

>> PLEASE.

ACTUALLY, I'LL LET THEM FIGURE THAT OUT BECAUSE I KNOW YOU HAVE YOUR SLIDES.

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>> RIGHT.

I MEAN, I DON'T MIND SHARING THEM IF WE CAN DO THAT.

>> WHY DON'T YOU TRY AND SHARE YOUR SCREEN AND SEE WHAT HAPPENS.

>> LET'S SEE WHAT HAPPENS.

IT HOST DISABLED PARTICIPANT SCREEN SHARING.

>> WILLIAM, CAN YOU DISABLE THAT?

>> YEAH, I WILL OPEN IT UP.

GO AHEAD NOW.

>> HERE WE GO.

ONE MOMENT HERE ALL RIGHT.

CAN Y'ALL SEE THAT?

>> YES.

>> PERFECT.

I'LL GET STARTED.

I AM GARRETT JOHNSTON WITH FREEZE AND NICHOLS.

THE PROJECT TEAM PUT THIS TOGETHER AND I WILL BE COVERING THE RECOMMENDATIONS FOR THE SPRING CREEK SITING STUDY.

JUST TO GIVE A QUICK OVERVIEW, THIS OVERALL PROJECT IS PART OF THE SAN HUH -- SAN JACINTO WATER SHED MASTER DRAINAGE PLAN.

IT IS TO LAKE HOUSTON.

WE HAVE THIS SPRING CREEK SITING STUDY IN PARALLEL WITH THE OVERALL PROJECT.

THE PURPOSE OF THAT IS TO DEVOTE A LITTLE MORE INTENTION TO SITING THE ALTERNATIVE PROJECTS IN THE SPRING CREEK AREA.

WE ARE LOOKING AT A FEW MORE ALTERNATIVE PROJECTS IN SPRING CREEK THAN WE ARE IN SOME OF THE SORE WATER SHEDS.

THE LAST TIME WE PRESENTED TO THE WOODLANDS DRAINAGE TASK FORCE WAS THE END OF JANUARY WHEN WE PRESENTED THE DISTINCT CONDITION -- EXISTING CONDITIONS RESULTS.

SINCE THEN WE HAVE DONE RESERVOIR AND DETENTION CHANNEL IMPROVEMENTS AND MADE RECOMMENDATIONS.

YOU HAVE SEEN THE EXISTING CONDITIONS WHICH I WILL RECAP IN A MINUTE.

TODAY I AM GOING TO BE PRESENTING ON THE ALTERNATIVES ANALYSIS AND THE RECOMMENDATIONS.

THE GOALS OF THIS BRIEFING ARE TO PRESENT THE RECOMMENDED ALTERNATIVES AND SUMMARIZE THE BENEFITS OF EACH ALTERNATIVE AND THEN TALK ABOUT NEXT STEPS, WHERE WE GO FROM HERE.

SO TO RECAP THE EXISTING CONDITIONS ANALYSIS, WE PUT TOGETHER A HYDRAULIC AND -- A HYDROLOGIC AND HYDROLIC SYSTEM.

STORMS LIKE THE HUNDRED YEAR AND 500 YEAR AND SO ON.

WE CALCULATED -- CALIBRATED THOSE TO HARVEY AND MEMORIAL DAY STORMS SO WE COULD ACCURATELY OUTPUT THE ACTUAL FLOODING EXTENTS DURING THOSE STORMS AND DEVELOPED THE STRUCK -- STRUCTURAL INVENTORY TOOL AND BENEFIT-COST ANALYSIS TOOL.

YOU CAN SEE THE INDIVIDUAL DOTS AND IT IS TO BE ABLE TO -- FOR EACH ONE OF THOSE STRUCTURES SAY WHAT THE FLOODING ELEVATION WOULD BE AT THAT STRUCTURE DURING ANY PARTICULAR STORM.

THAT GIVES US A WAY TO DO THE BENEFIT COST CALCULATIONS.

IT IS NO ORDER TO EVALUATE PROJECTS.

SO ALONG THE SPRING AND WILLOW CREEK MAIN STEMS, WE MODELED THE SPRING CREEK MAIN STEM THAT YOU CAN SEE HERE AND THE WILLOW CREEK MAIN STEM AND SPRING CREEK.

WE SHOWED THE NUMBERS OF STRUCTURES AT RISK OF FLOODING IN A 1% EVENT OR THE HUNDRED-YEAR EVENT ARE 3700 STRUCTURES ALONG THESE TWO MAIN STEMS AT RISK OF FLOODING.

AND WE DID A MORE DETAILED STATISTICAL ANALYSIS OF THE RESULTS TO SAY OVER THE NEXT 50 YEARS YOU CAN EXPECT TO SEE 7800 -- ROUGHLY 7800 INSTANCES OF FLOODING OVER THE NEXT 50 YEARS.

THAT JUST MINUTES THE NUMBER OF TIMES ANY GIVEN STRUCTURE MAY BE FLOODED.

THAT MIGHT BE A STRUCTURE THAT IS AT HIGH RISK OF FLOODING, FLOODING MULTIPLE TIMES OVER THE NEXT 50 YEARS, AND IT MAY JUST BE A BUNCH OF STRUCTURES FLOODING ONE TIME.

STATISTICALLY YOU CAN EXPECT TO SEE OVER THE NEXT 50 YEARS 7800 INSTANCES OF FLOODING.

WHAT THAT TRANSLATES TO IN TERMS OF DAMAGES AND IN TERMS OF STRUCTURAL DAMAGE IS ABOUT $458 MILLION IN FLOOD DAMAGES ALONG THESE MAIN STEMS. WHAT THAT DOES IS GIVES AS YOU BASIS FOR OUR BENEFIT-COST ANALYSIS.

IF WE DO NOTHING, IF WE DON'T MITIGATE ANY OF THIS FLOODING OVER THE NEXT 50 YEARS THIS IS THE LEVEL OF FLOOD DAMAGE YOU CAN EXPECT TO SEE IN THE WATER -- WATER SHED.

IT GIVES US A BASELINE THAT WE CAN MODEL ANY GIVEN ALTERNATIVE AND WHETHER THAT IS A DETENTION PROJECT OR A CHANNELIZATION PROJECT WE CAN THEN SAY OKAY THAT PRODUCES THE FLOOD DAMAGES BY THIS MANY DOLLARS.

SO FOR THE ALTERNATIVESSAL VAGUES -- ALTERNATIVES EVALUATIONS WE LOOKED AT

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DIFFERENT SITES.

EARLY ON WE WERE ABLE TO SCREEN OUT ABOUT HALF OF THOSE AS JUST NOT LIKELY TO BE EFFECTIVE.

SO DURING THAT PRELIMINARY EVALUATION, THESE RED DOTS HERE, WE SCREENED THOSE OUT AND SAID WE DON'T NEED TO DO DETAILED MODELING OF THOSE BECAUSE THEY ARE NOT NEARLY AS EFFECTIVE AS THESE YELLOW ONES.

THAT LEFT US WITH SEVEN ALTERNATIVE THAT'S WE EVALUATED IN DETAIL.

AND THEN OF THOSE SEVEN, FOUR OF THOSE WE RECOMMENDED TO BE PURSUED FURTHER AS PART OF THE OVERALL MASTER TRAINER'S PLAN.

THOSE FOUR ALTERNATIVES ARE THE WALNUT AND BIRCH CREEK DAMS UP HERE.

LET ME GET MY LASER POINTER GOING.

THE WALNUT AND BIRCH CREEK DAMS UP HERE AND DOWN HERE WE HAVE TWO CHANNELIZATION PROJECTS.

ONE WE CALL DAMAGE CENTER 2 AND 1 IS THE I-45 CHANNEL.

I WILL WALK THROUGH EACH ONE OF THOSE HERE IN DETAIL.

THE FIRST ONE IS THE WALNUT CREEK DAM.

IT IS ABOUT FIVE MILES WEST OF MAGNOLIA.

THIS IS A SUBSTANTIAL STRUCTURE HERE.

IT IS 40 -- IT WOULD BE 46 FEET TALL AND A LITTLE OVER A MILE LONG.

I WANT TO EMPHASIZE THAT THIS IS NOT A -- THIS ISN'T A DAM LIKE A LAKE.

THIS IS NOT GOING TO BE LIKE A LAKE PONDEROSA.

THIS IS A DRY DAM.

THIS IS A SIMILAR-TYPE STRUCTURE THAT WE DESIGNED AND BUILT IN WESTERN NEW BRONTHELS.

IT WOULD BE DRY MOST OF THE TIME.

ONLY TIME YOU WOULD SEE WATER IN IT IS WHEN THERE IS A STORM.

THE PURPOSE IS TO HOLD BACK WATER AND SLOW IT DOWN BEFORE IT GETS TO THE MAIN STEM OF SPRING CREEK TO REDUCE THE FLOW RATES DOWNSTREAM.

THE WATER CREEK DAM WOULD HAVE A VOLUME OF ABOUT 12,000 ACRE FEET OR FOUR BILLION GALLONS IN THE 1% EVENT.

I'M JUST GONNA GO THROUGH EACH ONE OF THESE PROJECTS HERE AND THEN TALK ABOUT THE BENEFITS AT THE END.

THE NEXT IS BIRCH CREEK DAM, RIGHT NEXT DOOR.

IT DRAINS INTO WALNUT CREEK AS WELL.

THAT ONE IS A LITTLE BIT SMALLER AT ABOUT 7700-ACRE FEET.

IT HAS A SIMILAR LEVEL OF BENEFIT, A LITTLE LESS THAN WALNUT CREEK.

THE TWO CHANNELIZATION OPTIONS WE LOOKED AT IS ONE IS THIS CHANNEL IMPROVEMENT AND IT GOES UP STREAM TO -- FROM KUYKENDAHL TO WILLOW CREEK.

WHAT THAT WOULD DO IS BENCH THE CHANNEL ABOUT 200 FEET WIDE ABOVE THE ORDINARY HIGH WATER MARK TO LIMIT THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT.

AND SO IT WOULD BENCH THAT CHANNEL AT 200 FEET WIDE FOR THE FULL 9 MILES.

I WANT TO NOTE HERE THAT THIS -- BOTH OF THESE CHANNELIZATION OPTIONS CAN'T BE CONSTRUCTED FIRST.

THE REASON FOR THAT IS THEY WOULD CAUSE ADVERSE IMPACT DOWNSTREAM IF YOU WERE TO BUILD THEM FIRST BECAUSE THEY WOULD CHANNELIZE THAT FLOW AND INCREASE IT A LITTLE BIT AND INCREASE WATER DOWNSTREAM.

WE ARE RECOMMENDING TO MITIGATE IS TO BUILD THE DETENTION PROJECT FIRST AND THEN YOU CAN BUILD THE CHANNELIZATION PROJECT.

THE I-45 CHANNEL STARTS AT I-45 AND IT CONTINUES DOWNSTREAM ABOUT HALFWAY TO THE CYPRESS CREEK COMPLEX.

SIMILARLY YOU HAVE TO BUILD ONE DAM FIRST TO MITIGATE ANY NEGATIVE DOWNSTREAM IMPACTS.

SO OF THOSE FOUR ALTERNATIVES HERE I HAVE A BIG TABLE HERE WITH A BUNCH OF NUMBERS, BUT THE POINT HERE IS THAT EACH ONE OF THESE THE WAY THEY WORK IS REDUCING WATER SURFACE ELEVATIONS ALONG SPRING CREEK.

AND SO IF YOU WERE TO PUT WALNUT CREEK DAM IN PLACE YOU CAN SEE THAT AT TOMBALL PARKWAY THERE IS A 1.7 FOOT REDUCTION AND THEN THE REDUCTIONS IN THE 1% WATER SURFACE WOULD CONTINUE DOWNSTREAM.

ONCE YOU KIND OF GET PAST THE CYPRESS AND WEST FORK COMPLEX, THAT REDUCTION DISSIPATES PRETTY MUCH.

COMBIER -- BIRCH CREEK DAM IS SUBSTANTIAL TO WALNUT CREEK.

YOU CAN GET A REDUCTION AS HIGH AS 2.8 FEET.

FOR THE CHANNELS THEY HAVE MORE OF A LOCALIZED BENEFIT.

IT IS JUST ALONG THE EXTENT OF THE CHANNEL IS WHERE YOU ARE SEEING THE REDUCTIONS IN WATER SURFACE.

THIS ONE HAS A MAXIMUM REDUCTION OF ABOUT FOUR FEET AND THIS ONE ABOUT FIVE FEET AND ONCE YOU COMBINE THE PROJECTS TOGETHER YOU CAN GET REDUCTIONS AS HIGH AS SIX FEET TO THAT 1% WATER SURFACE.

REALLY WHAT THAT TRANSLATES TO, THE REASON TO REDUCE THE WATER IS REDUCE DAMAGES.

THIS MAP HERE SHOWS WHERE THE BENEFITS WOULDLY LOCATED ALONG THE STREAM.

YOU CAN SEE ONCE ALL OF THE PROJECTS ARE IN PLACE THERE IS A TOTAL BENEFIT OF $240

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MILLION IN TERMS OF THE REDUCED FLOOD DAMAGE IN A 50-YEAR PERIOD.

IF YOU COMPARE THOSE TO THE COST ESTIMATES WE PREPARED YOU CAN GET A BENEFIT COST RATIO.

THE REASON THAT YOU ARE SEEING A RANGE OF COSTS ON THESE DAMS HAS TO DO WITH THERE BEING A RANGE OF POTENTIAL PROPERTY ACQUISITION ABOVE THE HUNDRED YEAR FLOOD POOL.

THERE IS A RANGE THERE IF YOU ONLY ACQUIRE THE HUNDRED YEAR FLOOD POOL OR IF YOU ACQUIRE A LITTLE ABOVE IT, IT COULD BE FALLING IN THAT RANGE.

THAT'S WHY WE HAVE A RANGE OF BENEFIT COST RATIO SHOWN HERE FOR EACH ONE OF THE PROJECTS.

SOME OTHER METRICS WE ARE SHOWING IS STRUCTURES REMOVED FROM THE 1% FLOOD RISK OUT OF THE EXISTING 3700 STRUCTURES THAT WOULD BE FLOODED BY THE 1% FLOOD.

SO YOU CAN SEE THAT AFTER ALL OF THESE ARE IMPLEMENTED WE WOULD TAKE OUT 2400 OF THOSE.

AND THEN THE INSTANCES OF FLOODING REDUCTION, THAT'S THE METRIC OF OVER THE NEXT 50 YEARS HOW MANY TIMES WOULD YOU EXPECT THERE TO BE A SITUATION WHERE A STRUCTURE FLOODS.

THE BASE CONDITION AT 7800 WE WOULD BE REMOVING 4,000 OF THOSE WITH ALL FOUR PROJECTS IN PLACE.

SO THOSE ARE THE RECOMMENDED ALTERNATIVES.

ONE LAST THING I WANT TO SHOW HERE IS THE 1% FLOOD PLAIN HERE.

THIS IS NOT THE FEMA AFFECTED FLOOD PLAIN BECAUSE OUR MODELING IS BASED ON UPDATED TOPOGRAPHY AND UPDATED RAINFALL, AND SO IT IS BASED ON THE LATEST DATA SO IT IS DIFFERENT FROM WHAT FEMA HAS EFFECTED.

THIS RED FLOOD PLAIN IS EXISTING CONDITIONS TO THE HUNDRED YEAR FLOOD PLANE OR THE 1% FLOOD PLAIN AND THE BLOOD REPRESENTS AFTER ALL FOUR PROJECTS ARE IN PLACE WHAT IT WOULD LOOK LIKE.

YOU CAN SEE SUBSTANTIAL REDUCTIONS TO THE FLOOD PLAIN WITH THESE PROJECTS.

SO THE NEXT STEPS FOR THE PROJECT, THERE IS A VIRTUAL PUBLIC MEETING ON AUGUST 13TH.

THE FINAL REPORT WILL BE DELIVERED AT THE END OF AUGUST, BUT I WANT TO EMPHASIZE THAT WE ARE HERE IN THE PROCESS.

WE ARE HERE AT THE PLANNING STAGE.

IN ORDER TO GET THESE ALTERNATIVES ACTUALLY DESIGNED AND CONSTRUCTED, WE HAVE TO IDENTIFY A PROJECT TEAM AND FUNDING AND DEVELOP THE PROJECT A LITTLE FURTHER AND THEN MOVE THROUGH THE LAND ACQUISITION AND DESIGN AND PERMITTING AND CONSTRUCTION AND ALL THAT.

WE ARE STILL HERE AT STEP ONE.

I WILL NOTE THAT SJRA HAS SUBMITTED AN ABRIDGED INFRASTRUCTURE FUND GRANT FOR THE WALNUT AND BIRCH CREEK DAMS. IF THE BOARD SELECTS THAT APPLICATION, SJRA MAY BE PREPARED TO PRESENT A FULL GRANT APPLICATION WHERE THEY GIVE MORE DETAIL AND THAT'S THE NEXT STEP FARCE -- AS FAR AS THE PROJECT GOES.

THAT'S THE OVERVIEW.

IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS I WOULD BE HAPPY TO ANSWER THEM AT THIS TIME.

>> GARRETT, THIS IS BOB LEILICH TALKING.

MY CONCERN DEALS WITH THE BENEFIT COST RATIO OF .

63 TO .

78.

DOES THAT INCLUDE THE SOCIAL BENEFITS OR WOULD SOCIAL BENEFITS WHICH I THINK ARE SOFTER PUSH THAT OVER THE 1.0?

>> SO THEY -- YEAH.

IT DOES NOT INCLUDE THE SOCIAL BENEFITS.

I GUESS FOR EVERYBODY ELSE'S BENEFIT -- WHAT BOB IS REFERRING TO IS THIS IS BASED ON THE REDUCTION IN STRUCTURAL DAMAGES, SO TO THE ACTUAL STRUCTURE THEMSELVES.

THE FEMA FUNDING PROCESS, YOU CAN ACCOUNT FOR SOFTER SOCIAL BENEFITS, THINGS LIKE REDUCED STRESS AND ANXIETY AND PEOPLE LOSING PRODUCTIVITY FOR NOT BEING ABLE TO GO TO WORK BECAUSE THEY HAD TO DEAL WITH FLOODING AND THAT KIND OF A THING.

THEY TYPICALLY DON'T ALLOW YOU TO ACCOUNT FOR THOSE UNLESS YOUR BENEFIT COST STRUCTURE RATIO IS OVER A 7.5 SO THAT IS A MINIMUM STRUCTURAL BCR TO ACCOUNT FOR THOSE.

AND THAT'S TYPICALLY HOW FEMA GRANT APPLICATIONS WORK.

TO ANSWER YOUR QUESTION, BOB, NO, THIS IS STRUCTURAL ONLY.

>> GIVEN THE NUMBER OF APPLICATIONS THAT HAVE BEEN SUBMITTED AND TALKING TO SOME OTHER GROUPS THAT HAVE SUBMITTED APPLICATIONS WITH BCR'S OF THREE OR HIGHER, I AM QUITE CONCERNED THAT OUR HORSE WILL NEVER GET OUT OF THE GATE AND WE'RE GONNA BE AT THE END OF OUR LINE OF TRYING TO DO SOMETHING.

I'M JUST NOT ENCOURAGED THAT THIS IS -- THAT ANYTHING IS GOING TO HAPPEN.

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CAN YOU CHANGE MY MIND ON THAT OR ENCOURAGE ME THAT, YES, WE MIGHT GET SOMETHING DONE?

>> I MEAN, THERE IS DEFINITELY POTENTIAL.

ONE THING I WANT TO POINT OUT THAT I DIDN'T MENTION EARLIER IS WE ARE LOOKING AT THE MAIN STEM OF SPRING CREEK AND WILLOW CREEK.

THESE WILL BENEFIT STRUCTURES IN THIS ZONE HERE AND THERE ARE OTHER TRIBUTARIES AND PLACES THAT WE MIGHT BE ABLE TO PULL UP A FEW MORE STRUCTURES THAT WOULD HELP TO OFFSET THAT CR A LITTLE BIT.

IN MY EXPERIENCE IT IS DIFFICULT TO GET PURELY BASED ON STRUCTURAL DAMAGES ALONE, TO GET REGIONAL PROJECTS LIKE THIS TO GET A BCR OF ABOVE A ONE.

I MEAN, YOU ARE ALWAYS GOING TO BE COMPETING AGAINST OTHER PROJECTS THAT MAY HAVE BETTER BCR'S, BUT I THINK THESE ARE COMPETITIVE.

ESPECIALLY COMPARED TO SOME OF THE OTHER ONES WE LOOKED AT AS FAR AS THE OVERALL MASTER DRAINAGE PLAN.

>> BOB, THIS IS EMIL.

WHO DID YOU TALK TO THAT HAD A BCR OF OVER ONE? WHEN I LOOK AT THE MASTER DRAINAGE STUDY, NONE OF THOSE ALTERNATIVES HAVE A BCR THAT IS ABOVE 1.

SO WHO ARE YOU TALKING TO THAT HAS GOT -- >> DAVID FAIL.

HE IS TALKING ABOUT THE DREDGING THAT IS GOING ON IN THE WEST PORT OF THE SAN JACINTO HAS A BCR OF GREATER THAN 3.

SO THEY HAVE SUBMITTED AN APPLICATION TO CONTINUE AND EXPAND THE DREDGING.

DO YOU KNOW, DAVID?

>> I DO NOT.

I LOOKED AT THE SAN YAW SIN -- SAN JACINTO MASTER DRAINAGE PLAN AND LOOKED AT THE EXECUTIVE SUMMARY AND LOOKED AT THE FULL REPORT.

IF YOU LOOK AT THOSE PROJECTS THAT ARE IDENTIFIED IN THAT STUDY THESE PROJECTS COMPETE VERY WELL BY MY READING.

GARRETT, WOULD YOU AGREE WITH THAT?

>> I WOULD AGREE WITH THAT.

YES.

>> SO FROM THAT STANDPOINT I THINK WE NEED TO MAINTAIN A LOT OF SUPPORT FOR THESE PROJECTS BECAUSE I THINK, ONE, THEY MAKE A REAL POSITIVE IMPACT ON SPRING CREEK AND WILLOW CREEK AND A LOT OF PROPERTIES THAT HAVE FLOODED IN THE PAST TWO, BASED ON THE FULL STUDY, THE REGIONAL WATER SHED AND MASTER DRAINAGE PLAN, THESE PROJECTS COMPETE VERY WELL.

AND THREE, THE ONLY THING THAT I WOULD ASK THAT THE TEAM LOOK AT AND JING I SPOKE TO YOU EARLIER AND I DON'T KNOW IF YOU HAVE TAKEN A LOOK AT IT, BUT IF YOU LOOK AT THE WAY THE PROJECTS ARE RANKED IN THE EXECUTIVE SUMMARY, THAT SCORING THAT THEY'VE GOT IN THERE IS BASED UPON KIND OF A WEIGHTED AVERAGE OF ABOUT 9 DIFFERENT ITEMS. THE ONLY THING THAT I ASK WE DO THERE IS RIGHT NOW WE HAVE TWO AREAS THAT ARE 20% EACH.

FIVE ARE 10% EACH.

TWO ARE 5% EACH.

BCR IS IN THAT 10% WAITING.

I THINK BCR OUGHT TO BE AT A 20% RATING OR WHATEVER THE TOP GROUP IS.

YOU CAN HAVE THREE AT 20% AND THREE AT 15%.

HOWEVER YOU WANT TO DO IT, BUT I THINK BCR FROM MY PERSPECTIVE NEEDS TO BE IN THAT TOP WEIGHTED GROUP.

IT IS BASICALLY THE ECONOMICS BEHIND US.

WHAT IS THE BENEFIT WE WILL GET OUT OF THIS SPENDING TAXPAYER DOLLARS HERE? SO MY INPUT IS BCR OUGHT TO BE IN THE TOP GROUP.

I DON'T CARE WHAT ELSE IS THERE.

I WILL LEAVE THAT TO GARRETT AND HIS GUYS TO FIGURE OUT OR JANE KNEE, YOU -- JANIE, YOU CAN FIGURE IT OUT.

I THINK THE STUDY THAT HAS BEEN DONE IS A HIGH QUALITY STUDY WITH A LOT OF GOOD INFORMATION IN IT.

IT LOOKS AT THE FULL WATER SHED, AND I THINK THAT'S GOOD.

EVERYBODY GETS A LITTLE BIT, PROBABLY THAT'S POLITICALLY ATTRACTIVE AS WELL, BUT OUR PROJECTS ARE EXTREMELY WELL POSITIONED AND I THINK WE OUGHT TO BE POSITIVE ABOUT THIS AND PUSH HARD ON ADVANCING THE BEST PROJECTS THAT THE TEAM HAS IDENTIFIED HERE.

>> AND I WOULD SUPPORT THAT, EMIL.

DOWN IN GROVERENCE .

WE ARE ANXIOUS TO SEE SOMETHING DONE AS YOU ARE IN CREEK SIDE.

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I'M ON BOARD WITH THIS.

>> GARRETT, I HAVE A QUESTION AND A COMMENT.

THIS IS BURTON JOHNSON.

I LOST POWER FOR A BIT AS YOU GUYS GOT STARTED AND SO I MISSED THE BEGINNING.

CAN I ASK WHAT RAINFALL Y'ALL ARE USING? IS THIS ATLAS 14 OR OLDER RAINFALL?

>> IT IS ATLAS 14.

IT'S BEEN UPDATED.

>> MY COMMENT IS KIND OF ADDING ON TO THE ISSUE THAT EMIL AND BOB ARE HAVING.

I AM ACTUALLY IMPRESSED WITH THIS AND I THINK IT IS GOOD WORK BY THE WAY, GARRETT AND GENE.

I JUST -- I WASN'T EXPECTING TO SEE ANYTHING SNIPPED AT A BC RATIO OF 1.

I KNOW WE WOULD LIKE TO BE OVER ONE.

WE WOULD LIKE TO BE AT TWO OR THREE.

MY THOUGHT IS THEN WITHOUT A LOT OF DAMAGES, 25-YEAR AND THAT, IT IS GOING TO BE HARD TO DRIVE IT.

THE FACT THAT YOU'RE GETTING UP THERE, I'M KIND OF IN BETWEEN EMIL AND BOB ON MY THOUGHT IN THAT SOMETIMES A BC RATIO HOVERING AROUND .

7 OR .

8 IS JUST HIGH ENOUGH TO TEASE YOU.

IT IS LIKE THE COACH THAT WINS 9 GAMES EVERY YEAR AND NEVER GETS FIRED.

THAT'S BETTER THAN NOT, YOU KNOW? AND I DO THINK THERE IS WORK TO BE DONE AND AGREE WITH EMIL THAT, HEY, THERE IS A PROJECT HERE.

I DIDN'T THINK YOU COULD FIND ONE, BUT HE FOUND ONE.

THERE MAY BE SOME WORK TO GET IT WHERE WE NEED TO GET IT FUNDED AND BUILT, BUT THERE'S A PROJECT AND I THINK THAT'S GOOD.

>> THANKS.

>> OKAY.

BURTON ASKED THE QUESTION I WAS GOING TO ASK.

IF WE'RE USING ATLAS 14 RAINFALL, THEN THE 1% EVENT IS BASICALLY, YOU KNOW, ROUGHLY EQUIVALENT TO WHAT OUR 500-YEAR EVENT IS, CORRECT? CURRENT MAPS?

>> YES.

>> ALL RIGHT.

WELL ANY OTHER QUESTIONS FOR -- ON THE PRESENTATION?

>> CAN YOU GUYS HEAR ME YET?

>> WE CAN HEAR YOU NOW, JIM.

>> I'M NOT SURE WHETHER YOU ARE HEARING ME THROUGH MY PHONE OR COMPUTER AND I HAVE BOTH ON.

I JUST WANTED TO REINFORCE WHAT EMIL HAD SAID.

I DID GO AND READ THE EXECUTIVE SUMMARY AND LOOKED AT THE RANKING AND THE SCORING OF THESE PROJECTS.

THEY LOOK VERY FAVORABLE TO ALL THE OTHERS.

OUT OF 16 I THINK WE HAVE FOUR IN THERE THAT ARE CONTENDERS.

I WOULD ALSO RECOMMEND THAT THE BENEFIT COST RATIO WEIGHTING THE INCREASE, AND I DID SEND AN E-MAIL TO TERRY BARR EARLIER RECOMMENDING THE TEAM CONSIDER THAT AND LET US KNOW WHAT WE COULD DO TO HELP ADJUST THAT WEIGHTING UP FROM 10% TO 20%.

I AM VERY ENCOURAGED BY WHAT WE ARE SEEING AND COMPLIMENTS TO THE TEAM.

>> THANKS, JIM.

>> THIS IS ALLEN HERE.

GARRETT, THE RATIOS THAT THEY ARE TALKING ABOUT, ARE THOSE STRICTLY PROJECT PERFORMANCE METRICS, OR IS HE TALKING ABOUT THE METRICS THAT CAME FROM THE BOND PRIORITIZATION FRAMEWORK?

>> THIS IS -- WHAT HE IS TALKING ABOUT IS WE HAVE THE BENEFIT COST CALCULATED HERE.

WE DID THAT FOR EVERYTHING IN THE MASTER DRAINAGE PLAN AS WELL IN ADDITION TO BENEFIT COST RATIO WE ARE CONSIDERING OTHER FACTORS INCLUDING THE RECOMMENDED IMPLEMENTATION OR PRIORITIZATION IF YOU WANT TO THINK ABOUT IT THAT WAY THAT INCLUDES FACTORS LIKE STRUCTURES REMOVED FROM THE 1% FLOOD RISK AND INSTANCES OF FLOODING REDUCTION AND NUMBER OF STRUCTURES THAT ARE LOW TO MODERATE -- IN LOW TO MODERATE INCOME AREAS IN SOCIALLY VULNERABLE AREAS.

THERE IS ALL KINDS OF FACTORS WE ARE PULLING HERE.

>> AND WHAT I'M GETTING AT IS THAT THOSE RATIOS CANNOT BE CHANGED.

THOSE ARE COURT APPROVED RATIOS.

IF YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT WHAT CAME OUT OF THE BOND PRIORITIZATION FRAMEWORK, THOSE, UNFORTUNATELY, CANNOT BE ADJUSTED.

THAT'S WHY I WAS WONDERING IF YOU ARE DEALING WITH A PROJECT -- A VERY STUDY SPECIFIC WAGE IMPACTER, OR THE 25% IMPACTING 20% TO DRAINAGE AND 20% TO SBI AND THEN BASICALLY BENEFIT COST AND 10% PARTNERSHIP FUNDING AND 5% TO LONG-TERM MAIMENT

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NENS AND 5 -- MAINTENANCE AND 5% ENVIRONMENTAL I'M PABLGHTS AND 5% MULTIPLE BENEFITS WEIGHTING FACTOR.

IF THAT'S THE SCALE ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT -- >> NO I BELIEVE IT IS SPECIFIC TO THE STUDY.

>> GOOD.

THAT'S GOOD.

THAT MEANS THAT YOU CAN CONSIDER THIS INPUT.

I WAS WONDERING IF IT WAS THE LATTER -- >> GOTCHA.

>> THIS IS TERRY BARR.

I WILL FOLLOW-UP ON THAT.

OBVIOUSLY WE LOOKED AT A VARIETY OF METRICS AND LOOKED AT A VARIETY OF WEIGHTING AND SPECIFIC WEIGHTING TO FIGURE OUT WHERE THESE PROJECTS FALL.

WE DID INCLUDE THE SOCIAL VULNERABILITY AND LOW MODERATE INCOME SO WE ARE MAKING SURE WE PROVIDE SOME SORT OF -- WE ARE PROVIDING A CHANCE FOR THE EASTSIDE PROJECTS.

THERE IS JUST NOT AS MUCH DEVELOPMENT OUT THERE.

YOU ARE NEVER GOING TO HAVE AS MANY DAMAGES.

I DID TELL YOU WE DID SOME SENSITIVITY ANALYSIS ON THIS AND CAN FOLLOW-UP AND LOOK AT IT AGAIN, BUT THE RANKING IS NOT PARTICULARLY NOT THAT SENSITIVE TO WEIGHTING IN THE COST BENEFIT.

WE LOOKED AT A VARIETY OF BENEFITS INCLUDING COST BENEFIT AND WHAT WE FOUND IS WE DIDN'T SEE A LOT OF SHIFTING NO MATTER WHAT WE DID WITH THAT.

CERTAINLY WE ARE HAPPY TO TAKE A PEEK AT THAT, BUT I WOULD TELL YOU THAT I DON'T KNOW IT IS GOING TO CHANGE THE RANKINGS VERY MUCH.

WE DO HAVE AT LEAST TWO PROJECTS -- TWO OR THREE PROJECTS IN THE TOP I THINK WE FEEL GOOD ABOUT THE RANKING.

WE ARE ALWAYS HAPPY TO LISTEN TO INPUT AND WE CAN TEST THAT.

I JUST WANT TO COUCH THAT WITH -- WE TESTED IT OUT AND IT MAY NOT MAKE THAT MUCH OF A DIFFERENCE.

>> THIS IS EMIL JACOBS.

I AM LOOKING AT THE METRIC TABLE.

WHERE DID YOU GET THIS TABLE FROM?

>> THAT TABLE IS A COMBINATION OF A LOT OF CONVERSATIONS WE HAD INTERNATIONALLY AND WITH OUR STUDY PARTNERS.

THE WEIGHT METRICS ARE SELECTED?

THE ONES TO USE, OR -- >> NO.

I DON'T HAVE A PROBLEM WITH THE 9 FACTORS YOU HAVE HERE.

I WAS JUST WONDERING HOW YOU CAME UP WITH THE TWO THAT GOT 20% WEIGHTING AND THE 5 THAT GOT 10%.

WHO -- DID THE TEAM COME UP WITH THAT? HOW DID YOU COME UP WITH THAT?

>> I WOULD SAY THE TEAM AND THAT INCLUDES OUR STUDY PARTNERS.

MEANING FLOOD CONTROL, SGRA AND MONTGOMERY COUNTY AND OTHERS.

THE CITY OF HOUSTON.

SORRY.

>> AND AGAIN, JUST FROM A BUSINESS PERSPECTIVE WHEN THE BENEFIT COST RATIO IS WEIGHTED THE SAME AS SDI WHICH I THINK IS WHAT IS SOCIALLY VULNERABLE.

>> YES.

>> AND LMI WHICH IS -- >> LOW TO MODERATE INCOME.

>> AND THAT DOES RAISE A QUESTION IF THOSE ARE, YOU KNOW, WEIGHTED THE SAME.

>> AND I WOULD AGREE.

I UNDERSTAND WHERE YOU'RE COMING FROM, BUT I WOULD ALSO SAY THAT THE NUMBER -- THE SCORES FOR THE NUMBER OF REDUCTION OF INSTANCES ARE GOING TO BE MORE HEAVILY WEIGHTED TO YOUR SPRING CREEK AND WEST SIDE PROJECTS BECAUSE THAT'S WHERE THE NUMBERS ARE AS FAR AS DAMAGES GO.

>> WELL, I GUESS MY FINAL COMMENT ON THIS IS IF THIS IS WHAT YOU NEED TO HAVE TO GET THROUGH THE HURDLES YOU WILL NEED TO GET THROUGH AND THE ROAD AHEAD I CAN LIVE WITH THIS.

IF I WERE DOING IT, I WOULDN'T WEIGHT IT THIS WAY.

I THINK IF THIS GETS US THROUGH THE POLITICAL TRAPS AND LENA AND HER GANG, I THINK WE CAN LEAVE IT WITH THIS AND SAY THAT IT GIVES US THE RESULT WE WANT.

LET'S DON'T MESS WITH IT.

>> I WILL TELL YOU THAT IT IS STILL UNDER REVIEW AND WE ARE HERE TO GET YOUR FEEDBACK, SO WE CAN CERTAINLY TAKE A LOOK AT UPPING THE RANKINGS AND TWEAKING THEM A LITTLE BIT TO SEE IF THAT HAS AN IMPACT.

WE'LL TAKE A LOOK AT IT.

>> THE ONLY ONE -- IT SURPRISED ME WHEN THE BENEFIT TO COST RATIO WAS NOT IN THE TOP GROUP OF FACTORS.

THAT'S MY ONLY INPUT.

>> OKAY.

>> HI THERE.

THIS IS JANE WITH FLOOD CONTROL.

I APPRECIATE EVERYONE'S INPUT ON THIS.

ALSO JUST TO REMIND EVERYONE THAT THE RANKING IS A PRIORITY OF PROJECT HUMID STATION IN THE FUTURE AND IT IS SEPARATE FROM FUNDING.

THE BCA IS REALLY WHAT DRIVES THE FUNDING.

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IN THE FUTURE WHEN THERE IS A REGIONAL GROUP, THAT IS, YOU KNOW, PART OF THE REGIONAL FLOOD PLAN OR ANY OTHER TYPE OF STAKEHOLDER GROUP THAT GETS TOGETHER AND

THAT -- >> GENE, YOU FROZE.

>> SO THIS IS ALLEN.

I WILL CHIME IN FOR SOME THOUGHTS.

I THINK THIS IS KIND OF WHERE JEAN WAS GOING.

THIS IS LARGELY TO SET A MENU OF PROJECTS ACROSS THE ENTIRE WATER SHED.

IT IS IMPORTANT TO KNOW THAT DIFFERENT PROJECT THAT'S COME OUT OF THIS STUDY WILL BE ADVOCATED BY DIFFERENT GROUPS SEEKING DIFFERENT FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES.

SO FOR EXAMPLE AS WE TALK ABOUT THE PROJECTS HERE ALONG SPRING CREEK, WELL THAT BRINGS FLOOD CONTROL MORE TO THE EQUATION BECAUSE A VESTED INTEREST IN PROVIDING ADDITIONAL PROTECTIONS TO THE SPRING CREEK PORTION THAT LIES IN HARRIS COUNTY.

WHEREAS SOME OF THE OTHER PROJECTS IN THE STUDY ARE WAY UP THREE COUNTIES AWAY, AND WE WOULDN'T BE AS MUCH AT THE TABLE, BUT OTHER PEOPLE WOULD.

AND SOS IT IS IMPORTANT TO REALIZE THAT THERE ARE A LOT OF PROJECTS HERE THAT SPAN LOTS OF JURISDICTIONS.

THE HOPES ARE THAT THE SAN JACINTO RIVER REGIONAL FLOOD PLANNING GROUP WILL PLAY A ROLE TO HELP GUIDE FUTURE FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES TOWARD SOME IF NOT ALL OF THESE PROJECTS.

IT IS A LONG-TERM GAIN HERE.

WHEN YOU ARE LOOKING AT THIS SORT OF MONEY HERE WHICH IS ALL IN FOR SPRING CREEK $240 MILLION, THAT'S NOT ALL COMING FROM ONE PLACE.

IT IS NOT ALL COMING FROM THE STATE.

THE STATE ONLY HAS 700 MILLION, FOR EXAMPLE.

FRANKLY, I DON'T SEE THEM PUTTING MORE MONEY IN THAT POT THIS GO AROUND GIVEN THE CURRENT FINANCIAL SITUATION THE STATE WILL FIND OURSELVES IN THE NEXT LEGISLATION.

SO I WOULDN'T WORRY TOO MUCH ABOUT WHERE ALL OF THESE PROJECTS ARE RANKING AMONGST EACH OTHER.

A, THE SPRING CREEK RANKS VERY WELL.

B, THE TARGET FUNDING SOURCE IS GOING TO VARY FROM ONE TO ANOTHER AND THE TIMING IS GOING TO BE VARIED AS A RESULT.

I DID WANT TO ASK A QUESTION DIRECTLY TO -- FOR GARRETT AND THE REST OF THE TEAM.

THIS HAS ME -- MY EARS PERKED UP WHEN I STARTED HEARING ABOUT SOME OF THE DETAILS ABOUT THE CHANNEL AND THE PROPOSAL WOULD BE TO WIDEN SPRING CREEK TO A 200-FOOT CHANNEL BOTTOM.

YOU THROW IN SIDE SLOPES AND SIDE SLOPE INTERCEPTERS AND MAINTENANCE BURN YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT 500 FEET RIGHT OF WAY.

WHAT CONCERNS ME IS THAT SPRING CREEK ALL UP AND DOWN THROUGH THAT AREA, WET, WILD AND WOOLY.

MEANING THE ENVIRONMENTAL PERMIT MEANING THE ACTUAL PERMIT TO DO THAT KIND OF WORK WILL BE A TREMENDOUSLY DIFFICULT LIFT.

MY EXPERIENCE HAS BEEN IN PROJECTS WHERE WE ARE IMPACTING NATURAL STREAMS THAT THE BEST WAY TO APPROVE IT MAKE IT SELF-COMPENSATING.

MEANING THAT YOU PUT BACK IN SOMETHING THAT MIMICS WHAT MOTHER NATURE WANTS TO DO TO WHERE THE WAY THEY SCORE AND GRADE A CONDITION OF A PROJECT AND WHAT YOU ARE GOING TO PUT IN ITS PLACE, IT BECOMES OFFSETTING.

THAT USUALLY MEANS MUCH WIDER CHANNEL BOTTOM THAN 200 FEET.

ESPECIALLY IN THE CASE OF THE IMPACTS THAT WE ARE TALKING ABOUT WITH WILLOW CREEK BEING AS PRISTINE AND NATURAL AS IT IS.

SO MY QUESTION HAS MORE TO DO WITH WAS ANY OF THAT ENVIRONMENTAL CONSIDERATION INCLUDED WHEN YOU IDENTIFIED THAT 200-FOOT CHANNEL BOTTOM? I KNOW YOU TALKED ABOUT -- I THINK I HEARD YOU TALKED ABOUT BEING ABOVE ORDINARY HEIGHT OF WATER.

MAYBE THAT'S YOUR WAY OF ADDRESSING IT, BUT I DO HAVE A CONCERN OF IDENTIFYING AND ADVOCATING FOR A 200-FOOT WIDE CHANNEL BOTTOM.

ONLY TO FIND THAT WHEN REALITY SETS IN WE WANT TO GO FOR ACQUISITION AND AN INDIVIDUAL PERMIT.

WE ARE TALKING MORE LIKE A 700-FOOT CHANNEL BOTTOM.

AT THE END OF THE DAY, THE GENERAL PUBLIC NEEDS TO BE AWARE OF THIS IS A DRAMATIC AND FUND MENTAL RESHAPING -- FUNDAMENTAL RESHAPING OF SPRING CREEK IF YOU SAY IT IN THAT WAY.

THERE ARE MORE IN THE RAM MA PHO LOCATIONS AND SEE IF ANY OF -- RAM MA PHO LOCATIONS

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AND SEE IF ANY OF IT WENT INTO THAT.

I GET IT.

A LOT OF TIMES THESES FEASIBILITY STUDIES ARE SO HIGH UP THAT YOU CAN'T DIG INTO THESE LEVEL OF DETAILS.

I'M CURIOUS IF THAT CAME UP AT ALL AS PART OF THE DISCUSSION.

>> SO THE -- I MEAN, YES.

TO ANSWER -- WHAT YOU PRO EAST EARLIER ABOUT THE ORDINARY HIGH WATER MARK THAT WAS OUR WAY OF ADDRESSING IT.

WE WILL TRY TO STAY OUT OF THE ORDINARY HIGH WATER MARK AS MUCH AS WE CAN.

AS FAR AS IT SPECIFICALLY DRIVING THE WIDTH OF THE CHANNEL, YOU KNOW, I THINK THERE IS PRETTY LIMITED -- YOU CAN ONLY WIDEN IT SO MUCH BEFORE YOU GET TO THE AREAS THAT ARE DEVELOPED.

AND SO WHAT WE WERE REALLY TRYING TO LOOK AT IS TRYING TO BALANCE THE BENEFIT WE PROVIDED WITH THE COST.

WE FOUND THE 200-FOOT WIDE CHANNEL WAS A SWEET SPOT.

WE ALSO LOOKED AT A 500-FOOT WIDE CHANNEL.

IT JUST DIDN'T -- THERE WASN'T AS MUCH BENEFIT AND THE COST WAS WAY HIGHER.

OR THE BENEFIT WAS ONLY SLIGHTLY HIGHER THAN IT WOULD HAVE BEEN WITH A 200-FOOT CHANNEL.

THE COST WAS OBVIOUSLY A LOT HIGHER.

FOR THE FUTURE -- >> YOU GAVE ME THE ANSWER TO IT.

>> FOR THIS NEXT STEP, WE WILL BE EVALUATING THESE PROJECTS IN FURTHER DETAIL AND, YOU'RE RIGHT.

ENVIRONMENTAL WILL BE A NEW DRIVER.

>> THIS IS TERRY, BUT I WOULD ALSO SAY FROM A COST ESTIMATE STANDPOINT WE DID LOOK AT -- WE PUT A CONTINGENCY ON THERE, A FAIRLY HIGH CONTINGENCY FOR CONSTRUCTION COST.

AND WE LOOKED AT POTENTIAL ENVIRONMENTAL COSTS WHERE THERE WERE IDENTIFIED WEAPONS.

IT WAS USING NATIONAL INVENTORY DATA, BUT WE TRIED TO PUT A COST TO THOSE THINGS.

IT IS VERY DIFFICULT TO GET ALL THE WAY 100% THERE OR 100% ACCURATE, BUT WE DID TRY TO BULK UP THE COST TO HANDLE THAT.

AT THIS STAGE IT IS A BUDGETING NUMBER.

WHAT PROJECTS ARE GOING TO BE THE MOST EFFECTIVE AND WHAT DO YOU THINK THEY WILL COST? THE NEXT STEP, THE FEASIBILITY STEP TAKES A HARDER LOOK AT THE SPECIFIC CONDITIONS AND LOOKS AT AND INVESTIGATES THINGS LIKE YOU ARE RECOMMENDING RIGHT NOW ON THE ENVIRONMENTAL SIDE WILL BE CRITICAL.

AND THAT'S ONE OF THE FIRST THINGS IN THE SHORT-TERM RECOMMENDATIONS FOR MOVING FORWARD.

>> LET ME JUST SUMMARIZE.

AS WE SAID, AND I THINK WE HAVE ACTUALLY COVERED AGENDA ITEM FIVE -- OR FOUR AND NOT THREE.

WE ARE ACTUALLY TALKING ABOUT THE CONTROL DAM CONCEPTUAL ENGINEERING FEASIBILITY STUDY.

WE'RE ON STEP ONE.

YOU'VE IDENTIFIED SOME PROJECTS.

IT LOOKS LIKE THEY ARE RANKED COMPETITIVLY WITH WHAT IS GOING ON.

I'M SURE THERE WILL BE A LOT OF COMPLICATIONS AS WE GO THROUGH THIS WHOLE PROCESS.

FOR THE FIRST TIME IN -- WELL SINCE I TOOK OVER THIS JOB FOUR YEARS AGO, WE'VE ACTUALLY IDENTIFIED A VIABLE PROJECT.

IT WOULD HAVE RESULTS AND MEANINGFUL RESULTS FOR OUR PARTICULAR AREA.

I'M HAPPY TO SEE THAT.

I THINK IT IS A REALLY GOOD START.

DO WE HAVE ANY QUESTIONS FOR -- ON THE STUDY?

>> I WILL GO AHEAD AND PITCH IN.

LIKE GARRETT SAID, WE DID SUBMIT THE APPLICATION FOR THE TWO RESERVOIRS.

ENGINEERING IS THE NEXT PHASE.

A 50% GRANT IS WHAT WE ARE GOING FOR.

WE ARE ASKING FOR $500,000 IN THE GRANT APPLICATION.

REGARDING THE BCR, WE DID PUT IN A PRELIMINARY BCR CLOSE TO WHAT YOU SAW ON THE PRESENTATION.

THE APPLICATION AND WE DID INCLUDE SOME LANGUAGE IN THERE ABOUT THE POTENTIAL SOCIAL BENEFIT WITHOUT BRINGING THE BCR.

THEY HAD IT AT A 2.7 AND THEY INCLUDED THAT IN THE APPLICATION SO THEY CAN SEE THAT.

ANOTHER THING IS TO LOOK AT THAT PROJECT AND THEY HAVE A WATER SUPPLY BENEFIT.

WHILE THIS RESERVOIR WAS NOT -- IT WOULD BE A DRY RESERVOIR AND WOULDN'T HOLD WATER AND THEY WOULDN'T HAVE A WATER SUPPLY BENEFIT IN THAT WAY.

WE DID PUT LANGUAGE IN THERE ABOUT THE POTENTIAL FOR THESE RESERVOIRS CATCHING SEDIMENT THAT WOULD NORMALLY GO DOWNSTREAM AND GET INTO LAKE HOUSTON.

THERE IS POTENTIAL BENEFIT IN TERMS OF REDUCING SEDIMENT IN LAKE HOUSTON THAT ULTIMATELY REDUCES WATER STORAGE LOTS.

PUT THAT INTO CONSIDERATION ALSO.

I THINK ONE OTHER POINT ON BCR IS, AS TERRY SAID, IT PUTS A HIGH CONTINGENCY ON THE PROJECTS BECAUSE OF WHERE WE ARE IN THE NATURE OF THE PROCESS.

IT IS A VERY HIGH LEVEL CONCEPTUAL -- YOU KNOW, WE ARE JUST GOING IN FOR

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CONCEPTUAL ENGINEERING.

THE FURTHER WE GET INTO THE PROJECT WE CAN HONE IN ON SPECIFIC DESIGNS AND CUT THE CONTINGENCY DOWN.

IT MAY BE BEFORE WE GET TO THE NEXT PHASE FOLLOWING THIS UPCOMING PHASE THAT THE BCR MAY LOOK EVEN BETTER IF WE CAN HONE DOWN THE CONTINGENCY.

WE HAVE TO SEE.

WE ARE IN THE HOLDING PATTERN AND TO SEE IF WE GET INVITED TO MORE APPLICATIONS.

I THINK THEY GOT MORE APPLICATIONS THAN THEY WERE ANTICIPATING THROUGHOUT THE STATE.

AS WE KNOW FULL APPLICATION.

>> I'M ALWAYS AMAZED WHEN I HEAR THE TEXAS WATER CONTROL BOARD SAY WE'VE GOT MORE APPLICATIONS THAN WE EXPECTED.

WELL, WE DO HAVE SOME SIGNIFICANT FLOODING PROBLEMS THROUGHOUT THE STATE THAT HAVE BEEN IDENTIFIED.

I'M NOT SURPRISED AT ALL, FRANKLY.

OKAY SO I THINK WE PRETTY WELL COVERED THREE AND FOUR NOW.

WHEN WILL WE -- I WAS KIND OF EXPECTING AN UPDATE ON WHERE WE ARE WITH THE MASTER STUDY, YOU KNOW, THE COMPLETE STUDY AND NOT JUST THE FEASIBILITY OF THE SPRING CREEK MITIGATIONS.

CAN YOU GUYS SPEAK TO WHEN YOU MIGHT BE READY TO PRESENT US THE PRELIMINARY REPORT ON THE MASTER DRAINAGE PLAN FOR THE ENTIRE BASIN?

>> BEFORE ANYBODY ELSE JUMPS IN, I WILL FALL ON THAT SWORD.

THAT WAS MY FAULT, BRUCE.

I TOLD THEM TO FOCUS ON SPRING CREEK.

>> THAT'S FINE, ALLEN.

I DON'T HAVE A PROBLEM WITH THAT.

AND IT IS VERY TIMELY.

I DON'T KNOW IF WE COULD HAVE GOTTEN THROUGH BOTH OF THOSE IN ONE MEETING.

HOPEFULLY WE CAN GET -- IF YOU GUYS ARE READY, JUST LET ME KNOW BECAUSE I KNOW EVERYBODY WILL BE INTERESTED IN SEEING THE FULL STUDY.

>> THIS IS TERRY.

WE HAVE A PUBLIC MEETING ON THE 13TH SO WE HAVE BEEN PREPARING FOR THAT.

WE WILL CERTAINLY BE HAPPY TO GIVE UH PRESENTATION ANYTIME AFTER THAT.

>> GREAT.

>> AND WE CAN SIT DOWN AND ANSWER MORE SPECIFIC QUESTIONS THAT YOU HAD ABOUT THAT.

WE CAN CERTAINLY WORK WITH YOU ON SCHEDULING SOMETHING THERE.

WE ARE READY ANYTIME.

THE PUBLIC MEETING IS DRAWING MOST OF OUR ATTENTION THESE DAYS.

ONCE THAT'S DONE IT WILL BE A GREAT TIME TO SIT DOWN WITH Y'ALL.

>> THAT'S FINE.

WE AREN'T GOING TO MEET AGAIN FOR ANOTHER MONTH.

THAT WILL BE AFTER THE -- YOU KNOW, AFTER THIS -- YOUR PUBLIC MEETING.

SO THAT'S GREAT.

>> AND THE PUBLIC MEETING WILL BE VIRTUAL.

ANYBODY CAN ATTEND.

THERE ARE OPPORTUNITIES FOR Q AND A.

I THINK IT IS A REALLY NEAT INTERFACE WE ARE USING FOR IT.

IT IS NOT JUST A TRADITIONAL ZOOM OR TEAMS MEETING.

IT IS THROUGH A WEBSITE CALLED PUBLIC INPUT, AND IT IS LIVE STREAMED ACROSS FACEBOOK AND A NUMBER OF OTHER PLAT -- PLATFORMS. THERE SHOULD BE A LOT OF OPPORTUNITY TO VIEW THAT.

AND AGAIN IF YOU WANT US TO FOLLOW-UP AFTERWARDS, NEXT MONTH, WE CAN CERTAINLY DO THAT.

>> GREAT, ALLEN.

I WOULD APPRECIATE THAT.

RIGHT NOW I DON'T KNOW IF I HAVE -- YOU KNOW, IF I HAVE THE BAND WIDTH TO LISTEN TO THE PRESENTATION WHEN IT IS LIVE RIGHT NOW.

GREAT.

THANKS, GUYS.

LIKE I SAID, THAT'S A GOOD REPORT AND VERY THOROUGH.

IT SPARKS A LOT OF CONVERSATION.

IT IS REALLY SOLID.

JIM, I'M GOING TO BACK UP TO AGENDA ITEM 2 WHICH IS TO REVIEW THE STATUS OF ILA IF YOU WANT TO TAKE IT AWAY.

>> BRUCE, CAN I INTERRUPT? THIS IS EMIL JACOBS.

GARRETT, CAN YOU SEND ME A COPY OF YOUR PRESENTATION GUIDE, PLEASE?

>> SURE.

I CAN SEND THAT.

>> PERFECT.

>> ACTUALLY IF YOU SEND IT TO EMIL, AND IF YOU CAN FORWARD IT TO ME I WILL MAKE SURE IT GETS TO EVERYBODY.

>> THIS IS RUTH.

I WILL SEND OUT A SUMMARY AT THE END OF THIS TO ALL TASK FORCE MEMBERS.

>> I ALSO WANTED TO SAY THAT THE MEETING NOTICE FOR THE PUBLIC MEETING ON AUGUST 13TH HAS SOME LINKS ON THERE.

AND SHE CAN GIVE THAT TO YOU ALL AS WELL.

>> GREAT IDEA.

>> WE WILL INCLUDE THAT WITH IT.

THANK YOU.

>> THAT'S A GREAT IDEA.

THANK YOU.

>> OKAY.

[2. Review the status of ILA for the Groundwater Research Consortium and Science Advisory Committee (Part 2 of 2)]

JIM? JIM ARE YOU STILL THERE?

>> WHAT ABOUT NOW? CAN WE HEAR ME NOW?

>> WE CAN HEAR YOU NOW, JIM.

>> I APOLOGIZE FOR THE TECHNICAL GLITCH.

I AM NOT SURE WHAT IS GOING ON.

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BRUCE WAS REFERRING TO THE INTER LOCAL AGREEMENT WITH THE PARK REGARDING THE GROUND WATERY SEARCH CONSORTIUM AND WE DID GET APPROVAL FROM THE TOWNSHIP BOARD TO PARTNER WITH US AND THE OTHER TWO INSTANCES ON THAT.

IT HAS BEEN DELIVERED TO SOUTHERN MONTGOMERY COUNTY MUD AND TIMBERLAKES AND TIMBER RIDGE.

IT IS UP FOR SIGNATURE.

I HAVEN'T GOT IT BACK YET, BUT I THINK WE ARE JUST DAYS AWAY FROM GETTING THAT EXECUTED.

>> JIM, IF YOU WANT TO JUST GIVE AN OVER VIEW OF WHAT, YOU KNOW, WHAT THE PROJECT'S ALL ABOUT?

>> AS WE MENTIONED MANY TIMES, THE TOPIC OF GROUND WATER WITHDRAWAL, SUBSIDING AND HOW IT IS DRAINED AND THE WATER SUPPLY HAS BEEN AN ON GOING DEBATE FOR A NUMBER OF YEARS.

AS WE CONTINUE TO LOOK AT GROUND WATER WITHDRAWAL AND WHERE THE WATER WILL COME FROM, BE IS LAKE PONDEROW OR MORE GROUND WATER, IT IS AN IMPORTANT TOPIC THAT NEEDS A THIRD PARTY INDEPENDENT REVIEW.

IT IS COMPLEX AND IT IS -- I THINK THE LEADERS, THE PUBLIC OFFICIALS NEED SOME GUIDANCE AND SOME HELP IN MAKING DECISIONS REGARDING WATER AND SUBSIDANCE.

AND WE HAVE PARTNERED WITH THE HARRIS -- EXCUSE ME, THE HOUSTON AREA RESEARCH CENTER TO HELP BE THE THIRD PARTY INDEPENDENT REVIEW OF SOME OF THE STUDY THAT'S ARE COMING FORWARD.

AND WE ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO THAT PARTNERSHIP AND THAT CONSORTIUM.

IN ADDITION TO JUST THE STAFF AT HEART, THEY WILL BE BRINGING IN OTHER SCIENTISTS IN THE VARIOUS AREAS TO HELP REVIEW THE DATA.

>> OKAY.

ANY QUESTIONS FOR JIM? ALL RIGHT.

FINE.

WE WILL MOVE ON TO AGENDA ITEM NUMBER FIVE WHICH IS RECEIVE A REPORT FROM HARRIS

[5. Receive a report from Harris County Flood Control District on the Harris County Bond Projects for Flood Control.]

COUNTY FLOOD CONTROL DISTRICT ON HARRIS COUNTY BOND PROJECTS FOR FLOOD CONTROL.

ALLEN?

>> WELL, THANK YOU AGAIN.

I WILL BE BRIEF BECAUSE WE HAVE COVERED A WHOLE LOT OF OTHER STUFF, BUT THERE ARE A LOT OF BIG NUMBERS THAT I WOULD LIKE TO THROW OUT AND LET YOU KNOW WHERE WE ARE AT.

CURRENTLY SINCE THE BOND ELECTION PASSED.

WE HAVE AWARDED $303 MILLION IN PROJECTS.

AND I DO SEE A REQUEST TO START MY VIDEO, BUT I TEND TO BREAK UP WHEN I PUT THE VIDEO ON, IF THAT'S ALL RIGHT.

I AM NOT GOING TO DO THAT, IF THAT'S OKAY.

THAT'S 45 PROJECTS IN CONSTRUCTION AND IT WAS AWARDED -- IT IS ACTUALLY $350 MILLION ON THE STREET RIGHT NOW AND $447 MILLION IN ADVERTISEMENTS PLANNED FOR THE END OF THIS YEAR SO WE HAVE A TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF DIRT FLYING ACROSS THE COUNTY WITH MORE TO COME.

OVERALL THE BOND PROGRAM ITSELF IS $3.5 BILLION IN PROJECT VALUED UNDERWAY.

THAT MEANS IF WE HAD -- IF WE HAD FUNDING FOR THE PROJECTS THAT ARE CURRENTLY IN MOTION RIGHT NOW IT WOULD AMOUNT TO $3.25 BILLION IN PROJECT VALUE.

WE DON'T HAVE THAT MONEY.

WE ARE CONTINUING TO ADVOCATE AND FIGHT FOR AS MUCH AS WE CAN GET.

145 OF OUR BOND PROJECTS HAVE BEEN INITIATED AND THAT'S 80% OF THE ENTIRE PORTFOLIO.

WHAT WE CALL OUR SECOND QUARTILE PROJECTS, OF THE EIGHT REMAINING PROJECTS LEFT OVER WHEN WE STARTED THE BOND PRIORITIZATION FRAMEWORK, WE HAVE NOW INITIATED HALF OF THEM.

THE SECOND QUARTILE PROJECT AUTHORIZED IN APRIL.

WE HAVE A TOTAL OF $425 MILLION IN AUTHORIZED FUNDS MOVING FORWARD RIGHT NOW.

I'LL TELL YOU WHY THAT IS SIGNIFICANT.

THE WAY THAT WE FUND OUR PROJECTS IS NOT GO OUT THERE AND SELL $10.5 MILLION OF BONDS.

INSTEAD WE USE COMMERCIAL PAPER TO BRIDGE THE GAP AND TO GET THINGS MOVING AND WE HAVE -- WE STARTED OUT WITH A $250 MILLION COMMERCIAL PAPER LINE OF CREDIT.

WE INCREASED THAT TO A $500 MILLION COMMERCIAL PAPER LINE OF CREDIT ABOUT SIX MONTHS AGO BECAUSE WE WERE RUNNING OUT OF SPARE FUNDS WE COULD INCOME BETTER TO -- INCUMBER TO KEEP THE PROJECTS MOVING FORWARD.

AND NOW WE ARE BUMPING UP AGAINST THAT $500 MILLION LIMIT.

THEY PLANNED TO BE SELLING THE FIRST ROUND OF BONDS COME PROBABLY SEPTEMBER TIME FRAME, IF I'M NOT MISTAKEN.

AND ONCE THEY DO THAT, THAT WILL FREE UP A LITTLE MORE BAND WIDTH ON OUR COMMERCIAL

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PAPER.

AND NOW THAT HASN'T BEEN -- THAT HAS NOT RESULTED IN ANYTHING STOPPING OR SLOWING DOWN.

IT IS MORE OF AN OBSERVATION.

I FRANKLY USE IT AS A LITTLE BIT OF A PAT ON THE BACK SAYING WE'RE GETTING OUT THERE AND WE ARE INCUMBERING AND SPENDING MONEY FASTER THAN THE COUNTY OFFICE THOUGHT WE WERE GONNA AND WE ARE PUSHING THEM TO SAY, OKAY, GUYS, IT IS TIME TO SELL THESE BONDS SO WE CAN KEEP THE SHIP MOVING FORWARD QUICKLY.

ONE OTHER THING I WANTED TO MENTION IS THE CONTINUAL SEEKING OF ADDITIONAL FUNDING FROM OTHER PEOPLE.

WE TALKED A LITTLE ABOUT IT TODAY.

EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THESE FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES, FLOOD CONTROL TAKES THE POSITION OF OVERAPPLYING.

AND THAT IS WE SUBMIT MORE APPLICATIONS THAN WE HAVE ANY REALISTIC EXPECTATION OF ACTUALLY BEING AWARDED.

SO THAT WAY NOBODY CAN LOOK AT US AND SAY WE DIDN'T TRY.

WE DIDN'T LEAVE EVERY STONE UNTURNED.

FOR EXAMPLE, YOU HEARD ME TALK ABOUT THE HAZARD MITIGATION GRANT PROGRAM.

WE DID RECEIVE ABOUT $200 MILLION WORTH OF GRANTS THROUGH THAT PROGRAM WORKING FROM OUR HOME BUYOUT PROGRAM.

WE HAVE $180 MILLION IN STANDING APPLICATIONS WITH THEM RIGHT NOW.

IF THEY WERE TO FIND MORE MONEY, THEN WE HAVE PROJECTS THAT THEY COULD SELECT.

THEY WERE ALSO OVERPRESCRIBED BY SEVERAL MILLION DOLLARS SO A LOT OF PEOPLE GOT WAIT LIST APPLICATIONS.

WE TALKED ABOUT THE TWDB, THE FLOOD INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECT.

THE FLOOD CONTROL SUBMITTED 9 BRIDGE APPLICATIONS TOTALING $350 MILLION IN TOTAL VALUE.

SEEKING A COUPLE MILLION DOLLARS IN GRANT AND LOAN FUNDING.

ONCE AGAIN WE DON'T HAVE ANY EXPECTATION THAT WE WILL RECEIVE 9 GRANTS FROM THEM OR 9 PROJECTS.

WE WANTED TO BE IN A POSITION WHERE WE ASKED FOR THE MOON AND MAYBE WE GET A COUPLE PROJECTS ALONG THE WAY.

FINALLY ALONG THE SAME LINES, THE CDBD IS DUE AT THE END OF OCTOBER.

BETWEEN FLOOD CONTROL AND HARRIS COUNTY WE WILL SUBMIT A MILLION DOLLARS OF APPLICATIONS.

THERE IS A $2 BILLION POT, SO WE DON'T EXPECT TO RECEIVE ALL OF IT.

WE HAVE TO OVERAPPLY TO STAND TALL AND IF ANYBODY ASKS SAY WHY DIDN'T YOU ASK WE SAY WE DID, BUT THEY DIDN'T GIVE IT ALL TO US.

THAT'S KIND OF WHERE WE ARE AT RIGHT NOW.

THIS NEXT TWO MONTHS, THREE MONTHS ARE GONNA BE EXTREMELY BUSY FOR US AS WE PREPARE NOT ONLY APRIL BLAH LOCATIONS -- APPLICATIONS, BUT THE REQUIRED PUBLIC INVOLVEMENT AS PART OF THE HUDD AND GLO PROCESS FOR THESE FUNDS.

SO A LOT OF WORK WENT ON AND A LOT OF COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT MEETINGS.

I MENTIONED WE HAD GONE VIRTUAL.

WE DID PAUSE OUR PUBLIC MEETINGS IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE PANDEMIC REALLY TOOK HOLD.

WHEN WE REALIZED THE WRITING WAS ON THE WALL AND THIS WAS NOT GOING AWAY SOON WE THOUGHT WE HAVE TO COME UP WITH ANOTHER SOLUTION.

THE SERVICE THAT WE USE IS CALLED PUBLIC INPUT.

WHAT YOU WILL SEE, AND IF YOU LOG INTO THE SAN JACINTO RIVER ONE YOU WILL EXPERIENCE IT FIRSTHAND.

WE'VE GOT A BUNCH MEETINGS PLANNED OVER THE NEXT TWO MONTHS AND NOT JUST TO CATCH UP, BUT TO KEEP THE PROJECTS MOVING FORWARD.

WITH THAT I APPRECIATE YOUR TIME AND ATTENTION AND I WILL BE HAPPY TO ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS.

>> ALLEN -- THIS IS EMIL JACOBS.

CAN YOU GIVE ME SOME EXAMPLES WHAT THE COUNTY WOULD BE APPLYING FOR IN FUNDING THAT IS OVER AND ABOVE WHAT YOU WOULD BE AS FAR AS HARRIS COUNTY FLOOD CONTROL?

>> SO SURE.

LET ME START BY -- AND I AM PRETTY SURE Y'ALL HEARD ME SAY THIS BEFORE, BUT THE PROJECTS THAT WERE IN THE BOND TABLE VALUED AT $5 BILLION.

IT WAS ONLY A $2.5 BILLION BOND WE WERE ANTICIPATING $2.5 TO $3 BILLION OF FEDERAL PARTNERS TO HELP FUND THE PROJECTS.

SO WHAT WE DO IS WE START OUT USING OUR OWN MONEY, AND WE THINK THAT -- WE THINK WHAT DOES THE PROJECT NEED TO BE? THE BOND MAY HAVE ALLOCATED $5 MILLION TO A PARTICULAR PROJECT, BUT IN DOING THE INITIAL STUDIES, THEY IDENTIFIED WHAT WE REALLY NEED IS A $20 MILLION PROJECT.

WHAT I'LL DO IS I WILL SAY, ALL RIGHT, LET'S GO THROUGH PER THROUGH THE WHOLE PROJECT SO WE KNOW WHAT IT NEEDS TO BE.

WHEN WE GET TO THE END OF THE PER WE SAY, GREAT.

BASED ON THE FUNDING PROGRAMS OUT THERE RIGHT NOW AND THE APPLICATION WINDOWS, WHAT ARE THE CHANCES THAT THIS PROJECT RECEIVE A GRANT AND IN WHICH CASE LET'S APPLY FOR IT.

IF WE DON'T THINK THERE ARE ANY GOOD FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES WE WILL SAY, GREAT.

ALL RIGHT.

WE HAVE A $20 MILLION PROJECT AND WE HAVE $5 MILLION.

LET'S DO PHASE ONE.

PHASE ONE WILL GET US STARTED AND GET SOME GOOD BENEFITS TO THE GENERAL

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PUBLIC AND THE REMAINING 15 MILLION WILL GO IN A HOLDING PATTERN WAITING FOR EITHER A FUNDING PARTNER OUTSIDE OF THE COUNTY OR IF THERE IS ANOTHER BOND ELECTION AND, YOU KNOW, PERIODICALLY VARIOUS COMMISSIONERS HINT AT THE POSSIBILITY OF ANOTHER BOND ELECTION DOWN THE ROAD.

THAT'S HOW WE PHASE THOSE PROJECTS.

WHAT I THINK YOU ARE REALLY ASKING FOR WAS AN EXAMPLE OF SOME OF THE PROJECT THAT'S WE HAVE SUBMITTED.

IS THAT CORRECT?

>> NO.

I UNDERSTAND ALL OF THE PROJECT THAT'S HARRIS COUNTY FLOOD CONTROL WOULD BE WORKING ON.

WHAT I THOUGHT I HEARD YOU SAY WAS THAT THERE WERE PROJECTS IN ADDITION TO THAT THAT THE COUNTY WAS GOING AFTER FUNDING.

>> OH.

>> AND I COULDN'T THINK OF ANY FLOODING PROJECT THAT'S THE COUNTY WOULD BE DOING OUTSIDE OF THE PER VIEW OF HARRIS COUNTY FLOOD CONTROL.

>> OKAY.

THEY ARE UNDER OUR PER VIA YENS.

PURVEYANCE.

WHAT WE ARE TALKING ABOUT ARE THE LOCAL NEIGHBORHOOD PROJECTS.

ONE PARTICULAR DIVISION WITH THE COUNTY IS THE RECOVERY AND RESILIENCY DIVISION.

AND THEY ARE DOING THE RED DIAMONDS.

THOSE ARE THE PROJECTS THEY SUBMITTED TO THE STATE FOR FUNDING.

>> NOW I UNDERSTAND.

THANK YOU.

>> OKAY.

ANY OTHER QUESTIONS FOR ALLEN? GREAT, ALLEN.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

[6. Receive reports from Task Force agencies]

WE WILL MOVE TO AGENDA ITEM 6.

RECEIVE REPORTS FROM TASK FORCE AGENCIES.

JIM, WOODLANDS WATER IS UP FIRST.

>> THANK YOU, SIR.

STILL WAITING ON FEEDBACK ON OUR GRANT TO THE TEXAS WATER DEVELOPMENT BOARD FOR IMPROVEMENTS TO BEXAR BRANCH AND CANTOR BRANCH.

WE HIT A SNAG ON THE REVIEW OF THE SUNDANCE PARK CROSSING AT RESEARCH FOREST.

FOUND OUT THAT THE CALCULATIONS THAT HAD BEEN DONE TO REALLY REVEAL NO ADVERSE IMPACT DOWNSTREAM WERE NOT DONE WITH THE NEW ATLAS 14 RAINFALL DATA.

SO ONCE THAT WAS USED WE ARE LOOKING AT POSSIBLE IMPACT.

WE ARE HAVING A SNAG IN THAT EFFORT, BUT HOPE TO HAVE SOME MORE INFORMATION NEXT MONTH ON THAT ONE.

BOB, LEILACH OR -- BOB LEILACH OR BRUCE DID A REPORT AND WE FOUND OUT THE DEVELOPMENT COMPANY NEEDED SOME PROPERTIES ON RED SABLE THAT WE KNOW THEY WON'T BE BUILT ON WITH RESIDENTIAL STRUCTURE SO THAT'S VERY GOOD NEWS.

WE HAVE A POSITIVE IMPACT TO DRAINAGE.

IT IS JUST NOT BUILDING ON THOSE.

THERE MAY BE OPPORTUNITY TO EVEN IMPROVE DRAINAGE IN THAT AREA THAT WE WILL BE LOOKING AT WITH THE TOWNSHIP.

THAT CONCLUDES MY REPORT, MR. CHAIRMAN.

>> OKAY.

GREAT.

I DON'T HAVE ANYTHING TO ADD.

JIM AND I ACTUALLY TALKED PROBABLY ABOUT 10 DAYS AGO AFTER THE BOARD APPROVED THE TRANSFERS OF THOSE LOTS IN GROVENCE .. AND -- POINT.

WE WILL TAKE A LOOK AND SEE IF THERE IS ANYWAY WE CAN USE THOSE TO IMPROVE THE DRAINAGE ORIE DEUCE -- OR REDUCE STRUCTURAL FLOODING DOWN THERE.

>> I WOULD REALLY LIKE TO COMPLIMENT THE DEVELOPMENT COMPANY FOR DOING IT.

WE HAVE BEEN DOING ALL KINDS OF PLANNING ON WHERE WE WOULD GET THE MONEY TO BUY THOSE PROPERTIES FOR THE -- FOR THEIR ASSESSED VALUE WHICH WOULD BE CLOSE TO A QUARTER TO $300,000.

WE HAVE JUST REALLY GRATEFUL AND APPRECIATIVE OF THE DEVELOPMENT COMPANY.

>> ALWAYS NICE TO SAY A COUPLE -- YOU -- TO SAVE $2 MILLION.

I AM GLAD THEY DECIDED TO DO THAT AS WELL, BOB.

ANYTHING ELSE? GREAT.

IN THAT CASE WE WILL GO TO MUD386.

EMIL DO YOU HAVE ANYTHING?

>> I HAVE NOTHING ELSE TO ADD.

>> SAN JACINTO RIVER AUTHORITY.

>> IN ADDITION TO OUR SPRING CREEK GRANT WE TALKED ABOUT WE SUBMITTED A HANDFUL OF GRANT APPLICATIONS TO THE BOARD.

A COUPLE ARE RELATED TO ALSO LOOKING TO SUBMIT ON A CDGB GRANT.

AN ON GOING PROJECT WE HAVE OUR RESERVOIR FORECAST RICK AND -- AND THAT IS NEARING

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COMPLETION.

WE SHOULD HAVE IT COMPLETE AND WE ARE WRAPPING THINGS UP WITH THE WATER BOARD DEVELOPMENT PLANT.

WE HAVE A FINAL MEETING IN EARLY SEPTEMBER AND SO IF YOU INTERESTED IN THAT, YOU CAN BE LOOKING FOR THAT.

AND WE HAVE A SAND TRAP LOOKING AT PUTTING A POSSIBLE TRAP AND WE ARE DOING A CONCEPTUAL DESIGN ON THAT AND WHERE THAT MIGHT BE FEASIBLE.

THAT'S WHAT WE HAVE GOING ON.

>> YOU KIND OF BROKE UP WHEN YOU SAID YOU WERE WORKING ON JOINT RESERVOIR PROJECT.

>> YES.

JOINT RESERVOIR OPERATIONS STUDY FOR LAKE COMET AND LAKE HOUSTON.

ONCE INSTALLED AT LAKE HOUSTON YOU CAN LOOK AT JOINT OPERATIONS.

>> WHAT IS THE TIMETABLE ON THOSE NEW GATES, ALLEN? CAN YOU ENLIGHTEN US? SJRA, CAN YOU ENLIGHTEN US ON THAT?

>> I CAN SPEAK A LITTLE ABOUT THIS.

I AM JANE WITH FLOOD CONTROL.

I HAVE BEEN SITTING IN ON THEIR WEEKLY, BI-WEEKLY AND MONTHLY MEETINGS.

THEY ARE ABOUT TO START THE PROCESS, BUT THEY ARE WORKING ON FEASIBILITY AND FINAL MODELING.

THROUGHOUT THIS MONTH AND ALL THE WAY THROUGH OCTOBER THEY ARE WORKING ON FLOOD PROPOSAL ALTERNATIVES INTO THESE MODELS AND LOOKING AT WHAT SORT OF UP STREAM AND DOWNSTREAM BENEFITS AND IMPACTS THEY WILL BE LOOKING AT.

AFTER THAT THEY SHOULD BE READY TO START THE PR PROCESS WHICH TAKES ABOUT A YEAR.

AND A DESIGN PLAN WILL FINISH, I THINK, END OF 2021.

IF EVERYTHING GOES TO PLAN AND IF THE BCA OR BCR, THE RATIO, MEETS THE, YOU KNOW, THE MINIMUM OF 1, THEY SHOULD GET FUNDING TO PROCEED WITH FITTING THE DESIGN PLANS AFTER THAT.

>> GREAT.

>> THANK YOU, JANE.

ALL RIGHT.

ANYTHING ELSE? ANY QUESTIONS FOR SJRA OR ANY OTHER CLARIFICATIONS? HARRIS COUNTY FLOOD CONTROL DISTRICT.

ALLEN, YOU'RE UP.

DO YOU HAVE ANYTHING ELSE TO ADD?

>> I THINK WE HAVE SAID ALL WE NEED TO SAY.

UNLESS SOMEBODY HAS QUESTIONS.

>> DOES ANYBODY HAVE ANY QUESTIONS FOR ALLEN? GREAT.

WE WILL GO TO AGENDA ITEM 7 WHICH IS UPDATES FROM THE TASK FORCE MEMBERS.

DO ANY OF THE TASK FORCE MEMBERS HAVE A REPORT?

>> NOTHING FURTHER FROM ME.

>> OKAY.

ALL RIGHT.

PUBLIC COMMENT.

WILLIAM, DO WE HAVE ANYBODY FOR PUBLIC COMMENT?

>> NO, SIR, NOT AT THIS TIME.

>> GREAT.

JUST AS AN ASIDE I THINK IT STRUCK ME TODAY, EARLIER TODAY WHEN WE DO THE AGENDA FOR THE NEXT MEETING, WE WILL -- WE'LL MOVE PUBLIC COMMENT BACK TO THE FRONT OF THE MEETING SO PEOPLE WILL KNOW APPROXIMATELY WHAT TIME THAT WILL BE.

SO THAT WILL BE A CHANGE FROM OUR NORMAL AGENDA UNTIL WE GO BACK TO MEETING IN PERSON.

OKAY.

CONFIRM THE DATE AND TIME FOR THE NEXT MEETING.

[9. Confirm date and time for the next meeting – Tuesday, September 22, 3:30 p.m.]

THE NEXT MEETING WILL BE TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 22ND AT 3:30 P.M.

HOPEFULLY, YOU KNOW, IT WON'T BE VIRTUAL.

WE WILL BE ABLE TO MEET IN PERSON IN THE TOWNSHIP OFFICES.

OTHERWISE WE WILL BE ON ZOOM.

IF THERE IS NOTHING ELSE, I SUGGEST THAT WE ADJOURN.

IN THAT CASE WE ARE ADJOURNED.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

* This transcript was compiled from uncorrected Closed Captioning.