Development of the Hydrology Criteria Manual for Harris County, Texas

by Martha F. Juch, Harris County Flood Control District, United States,
Gary L. Struzick, Harris County Flood Control District, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: National Water Conference


The Harris County Flood Control District (HCFCD) was created in 1937 with the primary objectives of reducing potential damages from flooding in the Harris County area and of providing protection for future development. As part of these objectives, the District developed a 'Design Criteria Manual' to guide and assist area engineers in preparing drainage analyses, designs, and plans for submission to and subsequent approval by the District. A comprehensive hydrologic study of the entire County was performed by HCFCD from which a standardized hydrologic methodology was developed. The preparation of a document to present the hydrologic methodology, the District's policy and criteria, and the required preparation and format for submittals to the District involved months of intense researching, writing, and editing on the part of the team of engineers assigned to the task.

Subject Headings: Hydrologic models | Floods | Hydrology | Damage (structural) | Drainage | Hydraulic design | Writing skills | Flood plains | Texas | United States

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