Background

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On August 11, 2020, Harris County Commissioners Court reshaped the Harris County Flood Control District Task Force into the Harris County Community Flood Resilience Task Force to reflect a more holistic and inclusive approach to the infrastructure challenges and opportunities in our community. Equity, health, safety, meaningful community engagement, and transparent and open communication are critical to these efforts.

The purpose of the CFRTF is to serve in an advisory capacity to the Harris County Infrastructure Resilience Team (IRT) and, as applicable, Commissioners Court, to promote collaboration among stakeholders and encourage equitable resilience planning efforts and flood resilience projects that:

  • Support holistic, innovative, and nature-based solutions to building flood resilience and mitigating flood risks;
  • Achieve multiple short- and long-term benefits for as many Harris County communities as possible;
  • Take into account the needs and priorities of the community and promote equitable community-level outcomes in the face of flooding; and
  • Protect communities, homes, and businesses across Harris County from flood-related hazards.

The Guiding Values of the CFRTF, developed by the first five members of the Task Force are:

  • Diverse Collaboration
  • Holistic Solutions
  • Paradigm Shifting
  • Inclusive Community Engagement
  • Ethical Foundation
  • Commitment and Accountability
  • Social Understanding
  • Nature and Environment
  • Emphasis on Action and Momentum

CFRTF Bylaws

The Community Flood Resilience Task Force Bylaws serve as a governing document and lay out the purpose, structure, scope, and procedures for the CFRTF. The Office of Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo hosted a community outreach effort to hear thoughts and ideas on the draft bylaws while they were in development. The final bylaws aim to strike the best balance among the diverse range of comments received.

For additional information on the development of the CFRTF bylaws, visit https://cjo.harriscountytx.gov/Community-Flood-Resilience-Task-Force