Sims Bayou: The Public Speaks—The Corps Listens

by Don R. Allen,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: North American Water and Environment Congress & Destructive Water


After about ten years of coordinating, planning, engineering, and design, advertising the first construction contract for the Sims Bayou flood control project was only months away. At this eleventh hour, a segment of the public banded together and said, No! This is not the project we want! Changes to the project were proposed and brought together everyone from local citizens to the local Congressman. A modified plan for improving the Sims Bayou channel was developed which eliminated poured-in-place concrete and created in its place a flood bench berm where trees could be planted. Thus, what once was considered the final design of the project was significantly changed, resulting in a more environmentally sound, aesthetically pleasing, and publicly acceptable project.

Subject Headings: Project management | Floods | Hydraulic design | Berms | Trees | Construction management | Contracts and subcontracts | Legislation

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