Drainage Districts are special purpose districts created by the Texas Legislature in 1905 serving as political subdivisions of the State of Texas. On January 10, 1919, an election was held in Jefferson County to determine the formation of Drainage District No. 6 and also to determine if bonds could be issued for making drainage improvements to said District, as well as taxes levied to pay for such bonds. On January 21, 1920, Drainage District No. 6 was established after the Commissioner’s Court met in a special session and found that the election was duly and lawfully held and that 84% of the votes cast were in favor of the creation of the District. Drainage District No. 6 is governed by a 5-member board in accordance with statutory legislation who are appointed by the Jefferson County Commissioners Court. This 5-member board has elected to hire a General Manager to oversee all operations for the District.
The District’s jurisdictional boundaries are set in the Northern area of Jefferson County and include Beaumont, Bevil Oaks, China, and Nome as well as the communities of Fannett, Northwest Forest, Hillebrandt Acres, Cheek, and LaBelle and all the farm and timberland in between. Within this area, there are over 1070 linear miles of streams, channels, and outfalls, along with 38 detention basin facilities all under the jurisdiction and control of the District. The other boundaries in which we operate – those provided by nature – are of the 5 primary watersheds within Drainage District No. 6 and each presents unique challenges. All incorporated and unincorporated areas rely heavily on the District to provide outfall drainage and flood relief.
Since its creation, the role of Drainage District No. 6 has become increasingly complex. In 1961, the District was enlarged under Section 59, Article XVI of the Texas Constitution in House Bill No. 1063, which also created and established said enlarged District as a Conservation and Reclamation District. As a Conservation and Reclamation District, the jurisdictional authority was expanded to include, among other things, eminent domain. The Texas Legislature ruled that the powers granted under House Bill No. 1063 were an urgent necessity for effective drainage throughout the District. It was further detailed that the creation of the Conservation and Reclamation District would result in the conservation of the natural resources of the state and eliminate health and safety hazards.
Accordingly, the continuing mission of Jefferson County Drainage District No. 6 is to:
Provide flood damage reduction projects that work, with appropriate regard for community and natural values.
The District accomplishes its mission by:
- Devising Hazard Mitigation Plans
- Implementing the Plans
- Maintaining the Infrastructure