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Low Angle View of RiverRisk MAP Discovery

The Discovery process of FEMA’s Risk MAP program helps communities identify areas at risk for flooding and solutions for reducing that risk by working directly with the communities in the watershed to gather information about local flood risks.

The Goal

  • To work closely with communities;
  • To better understand local flood risk, mitigation efforts, and other topics; and
  • To spark watershed-wide discussions about increasing resilience to flooding.

Discovery Activities:

  • Gather information about local flood risk and flood hazards
  • Review mitigation plans to understand local mitigation capabilities, hazard risk assessments, and current or future mitigation activities
  • Support communities within the watershed to develop a vision for the watershed’s future
  • Collect information from communities about their flooding history, development plans, daily operations, and stormwater and floodplain management activities
  • Use all information gathered to determine which areas of the watershed require mapping, risk assessment, or mitigation planning assistance through a Risk MAP project

Discovery Watersheds:

Elm Fork

Risk MAP Discovery - Elm Fork Trinity WatershedLower West Fork Trinity Watershed

Located in North Texas, the Elm Fork Trinity Watershed is part of the Trinity River Basin. It has been identified by the federal government using a national standard hierarchical system which is based on surface hydrologic features. The Elm Fork is classified as a fourth-level (sub-basin) with a unique 8-digit Hydrologic Unit Code (HUC) - #12030103.

The Elm Fork Watershed covers an area of 1857.7 square miles and crosses into eight (8) counties. These counties include: Collin, Cooke, Dallas, Denton, Grayson, Montague, Tarrant, and Wise. The watershed either totally covers or partially spans across fifty-two (52) cities/towns. The Elm Fork contains about 5% of the State's total population with approximately 1,218,000 residents.

The Elm Fork of the Trinity River is the primary river in the watershed. Each of the four branches (the West Fork, the Clear Fork, the Elm Fork, and the East Fork) of the Trinity begins its journey near the Texas-Oklahoma border near the Red River. The Trinity River completes its journey at Trinity Bay (the northeast portion of Galveston Bay) in Chambers County.

The Elm Fork Discovery Project was completed in 2013, and the final report can be viewed below.

Elm Fork Trinity Watershed Locator Map - Click to openElm Fork Trinity Watershed Related Information

 

 

 

Lower West Fork

Lower West Fork Trinity WatershedRisk MAP Discovery - Lower West Fork Trinity Watershed

Located in North Texas, the Lower West Fork Trinity Watershed is part of the Trinity River Basin. It has been identified by the federal government using a national standard hierarchical system which is based on surface hydrologic features. The Lower West Fork is classified as a fourth-level (sub-basin) with a unique 8-digit Hydrologic Unit Code (HUC) - #12030102.

The Lower West Fork Watershed covers an area of 1513.7 square miles and crosses into seven (7) counties. These counties include: Dallas, Ellis, Hood, Johnson, Parker, Tarrant, and Wise. The watershed either totally covers or partially spans across fifty-five (55) cities/towns. The Lower West Fork contains about 9% of the State's total population with approximately 2,378,000 residents.

The West Fork of the Trinity River is the primary river in the watershed. Each of the four branches (the West Fork, the Clear Fork, the Elm Fork, and the East Fork) of the Trinity begins its journey near the Texas-Oklahoma border near the Red River. The Trinity River completes its journey at Trinity Bay (the northeast portion of Galveston Bay) in Chambers County.

Lower West Fork Trinity Watershed Locator Map - Click to openThe Lower West Fork Discovery Project was completed in 2013, and the final report can be viewed below.

Lower West Fork Trinity Watershed Related Information

 

 

 

Upper Trinity

Risk MAP Discovery - Upper Trinity Watershed

Located in North Texas, the Upper Trinity Watershed is part of the Trinity River Basin. It has been identified by the federal government using a national standard hierarchical system which is based on surface hydrologic features. The Elm Fork is classified as a fourth-level (sub-basin) with a unique 8-digit Hydrologic Unit Code (HUC) - #12030105.

The Upper Trinity Watershed covers an area of 1369.52 square miles and crosses into nine (9) counties. These counties include: Anderson, Collin, Dallas, Ellis, Freestone, Henderson, Kaufman, and Navarro. The watershed either totally covers or partially spans across forty-six (46) cities/towns.

The Trinity River is the primary river in the watershed. Each of the four branches (the West Fork, the Clear Fork, the Elm Fork, and the East Fork) of the Trinity begins its journey near the Texas-Oklahoma border near the Red River. The Trinity River completes its journey at Trinity Bay (the northeast portion of Galveston Bay) in Chambers County.

The Upper Trinity Discovery project was completed in 2013 by FEMA’s RAMPP team in conjunction with NCTCOG. The final report can be viewed below.

Upper Trinity Watershed Locator Map - Click to openUpper Trinity Watershed Related Information

 

 

 

 

Cedar

Located in North Texas, the Cedar Watershed is part of the Trinity River Basin. It has been identified by the federal government using a national standard hierarchical system which is based on surface hydrologic features. The Cedar Watershed is classified as a fourth-level (sub-basin) with a unique 8-digit Hydrologic Unit Code (HUC) - #12030107.

The Cedar Watershed covers an area of 1303 square miles and crosses into five (5) counties. These counties include: Henderson, Kaufman, Navarro, Rockwall, and Van Zandt. The watershed either totally covers or partially spans across twenty-eight (28) cities/towns.

Cedar Creek is the primary river in the watershed, and flows into the main stem of the Trinity River below Cedar Creek Reservoir. Each of the four branches of the Trinity (the West Fork, the Clear Fork, the Elm Fork, and the East Fork) of the Trinity begins its journey near the Texas-Oklahoma border near the Red River. The Trinity River completes its journey at Trinity Bay (the northeast portion of Galveston Bay) in Chambers County.

The Cedar Discovery project was completed in 2017 by Halff Associates in conjunction with NCTCOG. The draft Discovery Findings Report can be viewed below.

View the draft Cedar Creek Discovery Findings Report

Denton

Located in North Texas, the Denton Watershed is part of the Trinity River Basin. It has been identified by the federal government using a national standard hierarchical system which is based on surface hydrologic features. The Denton Watershed is classified as a fourth-level (sub-basin) with a unique 8-digit Hydrologic Unit Code (HUC) - #12030104.

The Denton Watershed covers an area of 719 square miles and crosses into six (6) counties. These counties include: Cooke, Dallas, Denton, Montague, Wise and Tarrant. The watershed either totally covers or partially spans across twenty-four (24) cities/towns.

Denton Creek is the primary river in the watershed, which flows into the Elm Fork Trinity below Grapevine Lake. Each of the four branches (the West Fork, the Clear Fork, the Elm Fork, and the East Fork) of the Trinity begins its journey near the Texas-Oklahoma border near the Red River. The Trinity River completes its journey at Trinity Bay (the northeast portion of Galveston Bay) in Chambers County.

The Denton Discovery project was completed in 2017 by Halff Associates in conjunction with NCTCOG. The draft Discovery Findings Report can be viewed below.

View the draft Denton Creek Discovery Findings Report

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For more information, please contact Kori Mullen at 817-695-9215 or kmullen@nctcog.org.

 

 
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