Harrison Rogers is running for re-election as Commissioner, Place 3, Brazoria Drainage District #4. A lot has happened in the District jurisdiction since he took the position in January, 2011.
One of the responsibilities of Brazoria Drainage District #4 is to maintain the six major creeks and channels in the northern part of Brazoria County, namely Clear Creek, Hickory Slough, Mary’s Creek, Cowarts Creek, Chigger Creek, and a portion of Mustang Bayou. The District’s mission is to “detain, control, preserve, and distribute the storm and flood waters within its jurisdiction”. When rain and floodwater leaves your neighborhood, it migrates through a series of ditches, channels, detention ponds, and eventually downstream to one of those six major channels. Some of the smaller facilities are maintained by your city or your homeowners association, but most of the larger facilities are maintained, and even built by, the drainage district. For instance, this past year the District completed a five mile bypass to Cowarts Creek to alleviate present flooding and to provide additional capacity for the future, like the planned widening of Bailey Road. It was also recognized that additional detention was needed on Hickory Slough, so the drainage district partnered with the City of Pearland to construct a combination detention facility with soccer fields on Max Road.
Mr. Rogers is retired, after a long engineering career with Schlumberger Technology Corp. For eight subsequent years he provided engineering services for several major oil and gas clients on deepwater wells in the Gulf of Mexico, and some onshore supervisory work in Louisiana. “I have been an engineer most of my life, and I still consider myself more an engineer than a politician. I think it is important for the people of the Pearland area to have an engineering representative on the drainage district board”, he said. He first developed an interest in flooding issues as a city council member for Brookside Village. Since then FEMA, Harris County Flood Control District, and Brazoria County collaborated on the issuance of new Flood Insurance Rate Maps. He started attending FEMA information meetings, and drainage district meetings, and later flooding conferences and engineering workshops. He then became a representative on the Clear Creek Watershed Steering Committee, a multi-city liaison committee to work with the Galveston district of the US Army Corps of Engineers. Any major flooding improvements made on Clear Creek must have the Corps approval.
Mr. Rogers has lived in the Pearland area for 15 years. He and his wife, Mary Helen, a Pearland native, have four children and nine grandchildren. They attend Fellowship Bible Church, and are active in gardening, fishing and beekeeping.
“If the taxpayers of the Pearland area want an experienced engineer on the board, that will not raise their property taxes, then I would be honored to represent them”, he said.
More information about Harrison Rogers can be found at www.harrison4dd4.com