2018 Texas Association of Physical Plant Administrators (TAPPA) Annual Conference

April 7-10, 2018 | Austin, Texas | AT&T Executive Education & Conference Center 

PRESENTATION: How Texas A&M Turned A Storm Drainage Problem Into An Amenity


Presented by Dan Miller - Senior Project Manager and Principal Water Resources Engineer; Water Global Operations

Texas A&M University is experiencing a huge growth spurt; new classrooms, residence halls, research facilities and sports venues are rapidly changing the size and shape of campus. This is especially true with the west campus, the formerly agricultural pastures and fields between Wellborn Road and the Harvey Mitchell Freeway. The area is drained, almost entirely, by several branches of White Creek, running through steep, heavily wooded ravines. The increased run-off from the rapid development has taken a toll on this natural corridor.


The stream bed has cut deep below the flood plain along several reaches, and there are bank stability concerns all along the stream. This presentation will present the measures that the Texas A&M Utilities and Energy Services Department has taken and is planning to take to protect White Creek in its natural state, and protect the infrastructure from further damage. The measures include stream and bank repairs and stabilization using natural restoration principles, regional detention to attenuate peak flow, and recreational trails that provide the community better connectivity with the natural environment. The goal is not to treat the stream as solely a problem that needs repair, but to preserve and enhance this beautiful natural resource as a permanent campus attraction by working with nature rather than trying to fight it.


About Dan

Professional experience since 1994 includes engineering and project management of water resources projects such as flood damage risk reduction, drainage, and ecosystem restoration. These projects have included such features as stormwater pumping stations, water control structures, earthen dams and levees, floodwalls, flood gates, protection and restoration of natural wetlands and channels, erosion control, sediment management, and energy dissipation. Engineering skills include hydrologic and hydraulic analyses, numerical modeling, GIS, and in-depth understanding of water resources design standards.