Harrington Creek Basin

Drainage Master Plan Project

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harrington basin

The Harrington Basin, located in Shelby County, TN, is approximately 7,300 acres total, 3,690 acres existing within the City of Memphis and Memphis Reserve. The basin is drained via both natural channels and channelized ditches. This basin extends north to Ellendale and Bartlett Park and drains into the Wolf River. There is limited known flooding in the basin. Smith Seckman Reid, Inc., Geodesy, and Younger and Associates are conducting a drainage masterplan study to determine the flooding impacts on the basin, its residents, and its businesses.

Harrington Drainage Basin Map.PDF

Data Collection


Surveying is a major part of the study. Without the data that comes from surveying, we would not be able to effectively map and model the basin. Geodesy’s teams of surveyors are collecting and georeferencing every drainage structure in the Harrington Basin to ensure the most accurate modeling possible. Not only will we fully understand how the basin functions, we will also know which structures are no longer in use and which need to be fixed.

Public Outreach

The public outreach effort will focus on informing the public of the impending drainage projects, providing a platform for citizens to inform the City of existing drainage-related issues, and aggregation of any such data for use in modeling and planning purposes. To participate in the gathering of information, please take our survey.


Once the surveying is completed, a computer model of the Harrington Drainage Basin will be created. The model will simulate real world storms and runoff situations based on collected rain and stream gauge data, as well as information from community input. After the model is completed, drainage improvement scenarios will be applied to the system to find the best solutions to the drainage issues in the basin.


Field Study - Ongoing

Steam & Precipitation Monitoring - Ongoing

Model Development & Analysis – To begin upon completion of field study

Present Possible Solutions to City

Public Virtual Meetings

Progress Updates

The Project Team

Smith Seckman Reid, Inc.

Geodesy Surveying, Surveying Services

Younger and Associates, Public Relations

Contact Information

Ben Ledsinger
Project Manager
Smith Seckman Reid, Inc. (SSR)
[email protected]