Water Control: Flooding Issues in Houston, Texas
The purpose of this paper is to analyze and discuss the flooding problems in Houston, Texas. As a part of this analysis, this paper will assess the economical, political, and legal implications of Houston’s flooding. It will also explain the relationship that psychology has to environmental preservation, and will create a solution to the issue at hand. In the process of proposing a conceivable solution, this paper will discuss the economic, political, and legal barriers of the solution, how they can be overcome, and why this solution will be successful.
Flooding Issues in Houston, Texas
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There are three sections of government liable for the city’s storm water drainage; flood damage lessening and water worth: the City of Houston, Harris County Flood Control District (HCFCD), and Harris-Galveston Coastal Subsidence District (Publics Works, 2013).
The City of Houston’s overall agenda is to provide a variety of services to local residents, which includes the accountability for preserving community curbs, gutters, and drainage ditches. The Harris County Flood Control District and Harris-Galveston Coastal Subsidence District’s purpose is to be responsible for flood damage lessening and developments that are suitable for the public and its natural values. Primary effects could be physical destruction fluctuating from bridges, cars, buildings, sewer systems, roadways, canals, and several varieties of structures. Fatalities from flooding include, but are not limited to individuals and livestock who perish because of becoming submerged underwater. Secondary effects would affect water supplies as impure water can cause plagues and viruses, and the purity of uncontaminated drinking water becomes threatened. Viruses can cause unhygienic conditions, and the outbreak of water-borne diseases, which can also cause agriculture and food supply scarcity due to the loss of entire harvests. The tertiary and long-term effects of floods can cause economic hardship due to short-term drops in tourism, rebuilding costs, and pricing increases as a direct result of shortages.
The City of Houston’s political persons include the Mayor of Houston, City Council members, and the Depart of Public Works and Engineering. Our Mayor, Anise D. Parker and City Council members are in charge of creating choices in regards to city plans, goals, and the applicable quantity of city capitals to pledge toward flood reductions. They are also responsible for creating regulations in regards to floods and drainage within the city. The Public Works Department is in charge of executing the choices made by the mayor and council members. The Department of Public Works and Engineering’s primary focus is storm water management. Within that broad platform, the department focuses on a number of things, which include: storm water condition and capacity, detention supplies, plat and plan authorization, present-day and extended varieties fundamental development, synchronization with the Harris County Flood Control District (HCFCD) on public works and engineering productions, shareholder announcements, and flood awareness for the city (Harris County Flood Control District, 2010).
The City of Houston, Harris County, and the State of Texas appropriated a number of stages to generate a legal outline for unexpected flood relief. In 1937, Harris County Flood Control District (HCFCD) was created by the Texas Legislature initially to be a local partner with the Federal Corps of Engineers for these two flood control reservoirs and other flood control developments in and around...