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Cypress Creek Rehab Project is Underway


April 11, 2006
The Harris County Flood Control District has begun a $1 million rehabilitation project along a quarter-mile segment of Cypress Creek near Meyer Park that has experienced severe erosion and slope failure. The project began in January and is expected to be completed in July, weather permitting.

Over the years, erosion of the creek has infringed on the 286-acre park in northwest Harris County and has caused the creek's banks to form a vertical drop. Erosion also has killed a number of trees by exposing their roots and caused sediment from the slopes to drop into the creek, affecting water quality and habitat for fish and other aquatic life.

Work continiues on extensive rehabilitation of Cypress Creek near Meyer Park. Completion is scheduled for July 2006.

New Gentler Slopes Will Reduce Erosion
The current rehabilitation project includes constructing more gentle side slopes (a 1-foot drop for every 4 feet of slope) to reduce future chances of erosion. The completed project also will contain a "bench" or plateau built into the banks to control erosion.

To maintain the natural look of the creek, the District hired a fluvial geomorphologist (a scientist that studies the natural flow of water on land) to help design the project.

When the rehabilitation project is complete, the District has plans for an extensive vegetation and tree-planting program to establish a thick canopy of trees and other plants along the creek. Trees and other types of vegetation help stabilize a channel's banks to reduce the future risk of erosion.

> Learn more about flood damage reduction in the Cypress Creek watershed

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