Stormwater, in relation to public works, refers to the water that originates from rainfall or rising waterways and flows over land, roads, rooftops, and other surfaces. As it flows, stormwater picks up pollutants, such as oil, chemicals, sediment, and litter, before eventually entering storm drains or natural water bodies like rivers and streams.
In the context of public works, managing stormwater is an essential aspect of infrastructure planning and development. The Public Works department is responsible for implementing stormwater management strategies to mitigate flooding, reduce pollution, and protect the environment.
Some critical components of stormwater management in public works include:
Overall, stormwater management within public works focuses on preventing water-related issues, improving water quality, and safeguarding the natural environment while promoting sustainable and resilient infrastructure for the community.
This watershed project is for Highland Bayou, Marchand Bayou, the Highland Bayou Diversion Canal, Moses Bayou, and an unnamed tributary of Moses Bayou, locally known as Bayou Pierre. The goal was to create a Watershed Protection Plan (WPP) to address water quality issues in these waterbodies and identify projects and actions that can mitigate these issues. According to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) Texas Integrated Water Quality Report published in 2014, segments of Highland Bayou have elevated levels of bacteria and depressed levels of dissolved oxygen. Marchand Bayou has elevated levels of bacteria and depressed levels of dissolved oxygen. The Diversion Canal, Moses Bayou, and the Unnamed Tributary (Bayou Pierre) all have elevated bacteria levels. These water bodies are listed on the TCEQ 303(d) list as impaired.