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We need to stave off any more developments along our bayous. Our new reality is bleak enough as it is.
01/19/2018
Residents Against Flooding aka MCDDC

We need to stave off any more developments along our bayous. Our new reality is bleak enough as it is.

"That analysis by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which looked at rainfall data stretching back decades, up to and including Harvey, shows the amount of rain that defines a "100-year storm" -- one that has a 1 percent chance of occurring in any given year -- has risen by 3 to 5 inches in Harris County since the last estimates were put in place in 2002.

Instead of expecting 12 to 14 inches in a day during a 100-year storm, the preliminary data show the county should expect 15 to 18 inches."

For most area watersheds, the current rate is 13.2" or 13.4" in 24-hours. Harris County requires that developers hold 55% of that stormwater runoff. Clearly 55% of 18" would be more water detained.

Unless the City of Houston rewrites their Infrastructure Design Manual's Chapter 9 on Stormwater, Houston won't require more water to be held in detention. That's because Houston requires 0.5 acre-feet per acre of increased impervious cover and is not related to the 100-year rainfall rate. That's equivalent to 45% and would be reduced to 33% if the new rainfall rate will be 18".

Worse still, the City "grandfathers" concrete already on the ground. If concrete has been on the ground anytime in the last millenium, even if it's been green for the last 20 years, a developer doesn't need to mitigate for stormwater runoff.

To be fair, former Mayor Parker "fixed" grandfathering. During her term Steve Costello's firm came up with new requirements requiring a small amount of detention. For example, if a 10-acre property was ever completely covered in concrete, the developer is required to install detention of 0.4 acre-feet, or 4%. Of course, the developer can still elevate the same property a foot and a half, displacing 15 acre-feet of water, then install the 0.4 acre-feet and repave the whole thing. Seems reasonable, huh?

Rice University Kinder Institute for Urban Research
09/13/2017
Rice University Kinder Institute for Urban Research

Rice University Kinder Institute for Urban Research

The Kinder Institute launched its Houston Community Data Connections dashboard, an interactive mapping tool with a wide range of datasets for community organizations, policymakers and others to make sense of Houston.

We took it for a test run, looking at how Harvey's flooding hit Houston's uninsured population, school-age kids and neighborhoods without much park space.

Just had her washed and waxed and we're fixin' to go cruising for some hotties.
02/01/2017

Just had her washed and waxed and we're fixin' to go cruising for some hotties.

Posted this one a while back, but it's cool enough for a repeat :)

1970's Camaro Z28.

A very sobering read.
01/28/2017
Homeowners puzzled after increase in floods

A very sobering read.

[...] some research recently compiled by Rice hydrologist Phil Bedient sheds needed light on one very important piece to this puzzle. According to Bedient's numbers, the amount of water that exited the region through this watershed increased 204 percent, nearly eight times faster than rainfall has i...

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