Exploration Green Detention Facility – Clear Lake City Water Authority

Houston Texas

LAN provided planning, design, and construction phase services for Exploration Green, a $49 million project that converts a former golf course into five detention ponds to protect communities from flooding, while also serving as a state-of-the-art nature park. In addition to providing drainage solutions, Exploration Green serves as a 200-acre urban green space which will ultimately include 6 miles of 10-foot wide hike and bike trails, two athletic fields, open spaces, and 105-acres of natural habitat. Native plants and 800 trees have been planted to enhance landscaping and wetlands, and nearly 400 species of birds, plants, insects, and reptiles have been verified at Exploration Green since its construction.

Phases 1 – 4 are completed and open for public use. When all five phases are completed, Exploration Green will hold half a billion gallons of water and protect 3,000 homes from flooding.

Phase 1 was awarded the 2020 Gold Medal in Engineering Excellence by the Texas Council of Engineering Companies (TCEC) and is nationally recognized by the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC).

Above Photo Credits – Lecon, Inc & Jerry Hamby

At a glance

3,000 homes protected from flooding

0.5 billion gallons of water storage

178-acre former golf course

Awarded 2020 Engineering Excellence Gold Medal by the Texas Council of Engineering Companies


Hike, bike & pedestrian trails

Athletic fields

Native plants & trees


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Clear Lake City Water Authority

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