Spring - Klein Edition | November 2023



During an Oct. 25 town hall, o cials with the Cypress Creek Drainage Improvement District said they hope to have a comprehensive ood mitigation and funding plan created by 2024 or 2025. In June, Gov. Greg Abbott signed into law House Bill 5334, which created a special- purpose district to address ooding in the Cypress Creek watershed. The district: • Is governed by a temporary board of ‡ive directors and will require an election to select ‡ive permanent directors prior to Sept. 1, 2027 • Does not have the powers of eminent domain to impose a tax or issue bonds under current law District to create master drainage plan by 2024 25

Next steps

Current situation

Following the conclusion of the town halls, CCDID ocials said their next steps would be to host a series of public workshops to gather input from local stakeholders with the hopes of creating a comprehensive ood mitigation and funding plan by 2024 or 2025. The district then plans to hold its election for a permanent board of directors no later than May 2027. District milestones June 2023: Gov. Greg Abbott signs House Bill 5334 into law, creating the CCDID. October: CCDID hosts three town halls. Late 2023-early 2024: CCDID hosts public workshops throughout the watershed 2024-25: CCDID completes its comprehensive €ood mitigation and funding plan May 2027: CCDID voters elect a permanent board of directors, con‚rming the creation of the district.

After establishing a temporary board of direc- tors this summer, district ocials said they are completing the rst of three phases toward their goal of creating a comprehensive ood mitigation and funding plan for the Cypress Creek watershed. The plan includes: • Phase 1: Review prior studies and identify potential projects • Phase 2: Evaluate potential projects for ood benets and cost • Phase 3: Prepare nal report with master drainage plan The district held three town halls in October to provide an overview of previous watershed studies and ongoing ood mitigation projects. According to district ocials, the Cypress Creek watershed has been the subject of at least 15 studies dating back to the 1980s. “We’ve had so many plans and what good is all this planning if the plans are not actually implemented?” CCDID Secretary/Treasurer Clara Lewis said. “Our vision is to tackle these challenges more e’ectively through a unied voice for the Cypress Creek watershed.” Additionally, while Precinct 3 Commissioner Tom Ramsey noted there are roughly $150 mil- lion in ood mitigation projects planned and funded to be completed in the Cypress Creek watershed over the next three years, district ocials said that only scratches the surface of the watershed’s complex ooding issues. “Our watershed has not had sucient funds to alleviate ooding and that’s one of our chores—to be there as that squeaky wheel to try to get funding for you,” CCDID board member Barbara Schlattman said.


District boundaries More than 500,000 people reside within the CCDID’s boundaries—a vast portion of unincorporated northwest Harris County.

Get involved

CCDID ocials encourage Cypress Creek watershed residents to attend the upcoming workshops and to help advocate for funding at the local, state and federal level. To provide input or submit questions to the district, email cypresscreekdid@gmail.com or visit www.cypresscreekdid.org.








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