Recover Lake Houston

What is #PleaForDDG?

The purpose of our #PleaForDDG campaign is to show our county commissioners that we are in full support of the proposed projects currently on the on the Harris County Flood Control Bond program and to make sure they know how vital those projects are for the quality of life in the Lake Houston Area.

It’s as easy as ONE-TWO-THREE!


If you weren’t able to make it to the Flood Bond Meeting on July 10, copy and paste the text below into the comments section of the Harris County Flood Control District’s website.



    • DREDGING to restore the San Jacinto River, Lake Houston and surrounding drainage ditches and channels to the capacity of the 1980’s level flood risk. This will eliminate backups, increase the river gradient, and protect homes, businesses and infrastructure from water breaching the banks. We need dredging in:
      • West Fork and East Fork of the San Jacinto River
      • Lake Houston
      • Drainage ditches and channels around Lake Houston including the East Fork, West Fork, Atascocita, Summerwood, Kingwood, Huffman etc. > We further request HCFCD to assume responsibility for internal ditches around the Lake Houston Area
    • DETENTION/SEDIMENT BASINS west and north of Highway 59. Detention will divert water from flowing downstream into the San Jacinto River and Lake Houston. The detention sites should also serve as sediment retention basins which will trap sediment from clogging and filling up our waterways.
      • Little Cypress Watershed
      • Spring Creek Watershed
      • Cypress Creek Watershed
      • Lake Creek in Montgomery County
    • GATES: 10 Tainter gates on Lake Houston Dam. The additional gates will allow for a pre-release strategy to be put in place for our watershed. Gates will also discharge water faster to reduce flood levels and eliminate a bottleneck on the river.


You must be registered to vote for the bond by Thursday, July 26. 

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Election Day is Saturday, August 25

Early Voting begins August 8.

We will provide more information about polling locations as it becomes available.



Contact your County Commissioner via letter, email, and/or social media and request their support for the #PleaForDDG.

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We’ve made it easy for you to email the letter we’ve prepared through the forms below this section!

Please only send the letter to YOUR commissioner. You should only be filling out one form.




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News Updates

Archived News

April 30, 2018: Post-Harvey: What has happened since Gov. Abbott visited Kingwood? – the Tribune

April 27, 2018: SJRA proposes lowering Lake Conroe up to 2 feet, on a seasonal basis – The Courier of Montgomery Co. 

April 27, 2018: Grant program to distribute more than $220K to Lake Houston area businesses affected by Harvey – Houston Chronicle 

April 27, 2018: Chamber officials lobby for Lake Houston Area during visit with legislators at Capitol Hill – Houston Chronicle

April 24, 2018: In Harvey’s Wake: Business slowly returns to normal in Kingwood – Patch 

April 17, 2018: Gov. Abbott: Dredging of the San Jacinto could begin next month – Houston Chronicle 

April 5, 2018: Letter of support from Congressman Ted Poe to William Long, Administrator of FEMA

April 4, 2018: Lt.Gov Patrick’s Lake Houston visit wraps-up Plea to See campaign – Houston Chronicle

April 3, 2018: SJRA takes on regional flood management, hires director at $180k a year – Houston Chronicle

March 29, 2018: Neighborhoods near Humble, Liberty could see homes flood again – Houston Chronicle 

March 29, 2018: Homeowners nervous about flooding as San Jacinto River creeps higher – KTRK-TV

March 29. 2018: Flood Warning: Homes at risk as San Jacinto River rises out of its banks – KHOU

March 27, 2018:  Temporary Reduction of Lake Houston – Councilman Dave Martin Press Release 

March 22, 2018: George P Bush becomes second elected official to visit Lake Houston – Houston Chronicle 

March 15, 2018:  New Flood Prevention Efforts in Kingwood, TX – Governor Abbott Press Release 

March 14, 2018: Abbott to discuss Harvey Recovery at Kingwood Community Meeting – Houston Chronicle 

March 7, 2018: Campaign invites officials to see  Lake Houston’s continued post-Harvey needs – Houston Chronicle

March 7, 2018: Dredging San Jacinto for flood protection a “priority” – Houston Chronicle

March 2, 2018: Dave Martin Schedules Kingwood/Lake Houston Area Town Hall Meeting – Press Release

February 26, 2018:  Significant Progress Made in Response to Immediate Needs of the Lake Houston Area – Dave Martin Press Release

February 5, 2018Lake Houston Residents Appointed to SJRA Board of Directors – Houston Chronicle

February 5, 2018: Governor Abbot Appoints Three to the San Jacinto River Authority Board of Directors – Governor Abbott Press Release

January 9, 2018: Preparing Lake Houston area for the next Harvey – Community Impact

December 19, 2017: Q&A: SJRA General Manager Jace Houston talks Harvey – Community Impact

December 18, 2017: Natural Resource Chair Lyle Larson Letter to Jace Houston

December 18, 2017: Natural Resource Chair Lyle Larson Letter to Gov. Greg Abbott

December 15, 2017: Dave Martin Encourages Lake Houston Area Residents to Participate in the Recover Lake Houston Plea For Three – Press Release 

December 14, 2017: City of Humble passes resolution to support Plea For 3 Lake Houston

December 9, 2017: Lake Houston recovery campaign relies on community involvement – Houston Chronicle 

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Archived Campaigns

Plea2See Campaign

#Plea2SeeLakeHouston Wrap Up

The Plea 2 See Campaign launched March 6th and since then a lot has happened in response. The Lake Houston community gathered and in an all out effort sent over 1,000 emails from over 800 email addresses in the area. Within a week, we had a response from Land Commissioner George P. Bush,a visit from Governor Greg Abbott to the Lake Houston area to observe the situation in the San Jacinto River, and opened communications with Lt Gov. Dan Patrick’s office for his visit. The rate at which emails were sent was terrific and feedback was flowing in both encouraging and constructive. As we move forward with the Recover Lake Houston initiative, we hope to see the State’s actions on flood mitigation take shape and continue our communication with elected officials as a community to ensure the prevention of future flooding in Lake Houston. The Lake Houston Chamber of Commerce encourages the community to thank our elected officials for their service to our community.


On Thursday, March 8, Governor Abbott took an aerial tour of theSan Jacinto River and Lake Houston and met with community leaders at Kingwood Community Center. There he announced several flood mitigation measures for immediate relief including:
  • Using the Texas Department of Emergency Management (TDEM) has authorized $3 million to jumpstart the engineering and permitting process to determine where dredging should on the San Jacinto River.
  • Using Hazard Mitigation Funds, TDEM has authorized $2 million for a regional study focused on the San Jacinto River watershed to prevent future flooding.
  • Using Hazard Mitigation Funds, FEMA has approved over 900 voluntary buyouts in Harris County.
  • Instructing the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to investigate and take action against sand mining operations violating regulations.
  • Directing the San Jacinto River Authority (SJRA) to immediately identify what can be done to prevent flood events along the West Fork of the river.
  • Directing the SJRA to implement immediate and long-term solutions to protect lives and property of Texans living in the watershed.
  • Directing the SJRA to identify funding to implement a long-term plan that better protects areas downstream of Lake Conroe.
It was the first time the Governor addressed flood mitigation specific to the Lake Houston area and the call for action gives the Recover Lake Houston initiative optimism going forward to establishing more concrete flood mitigation action such as lowering Lake Conroe from the original Plea For 3 campaign and addition of Tainter gates to the Lake Houston Dam.

Commissioner George P. Bush visited the Lake Houston community Thursday, March 22. He toured the San Jacinto River via boat with community leaders. His visit is in response to the many tweets and emails received by his office pleading for a visit to the area and tour the damage left by Hurricane Harvey. More information about his visit will be announced soon.


Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick visited the Lake Houston Area on April 3, wrapping up the Plea2See Lake Houston Campaigh. Thanks to all Plea 2 See participants for their hard work and persistence on having our elected officials witness our immediate issues first hand.



PleaFor3 Campaign

THANK YOU. Thank ALL of you for your fervent support of the Plea For Three campaign. We have made great progress because of our community’s resilience and passion.


We have wrapped up our Plea For Three Campaign and are hard at work on our next big step towards recovery. Below is a recap on the campaign and a look at what’s ahead.

OUR WORK IS NOT DONE! Even though the Plea For Three campaign resulted in meaningful progress for the Lake Houston area, the work ahead of us has only just begun. The feedback, ideas and support we’ve received from our area residents, businesses and elected officials has been amazing. Please stay engaged and stay tuned as much hard work still lies ahead for the Lake Houston Area.

On February 26, 2018, Houston City Council Member Dave Martin, State Representative Dan Huberty, and State Senator Brandon Creighton met with City of Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner to follow up on previous discussions regarding the immediate needs of the Lake Houston Area. These discussions happened to coincide with the rain that occurred over this past weekend which further highlighted the urgency of needed  remediation. To read more about this, click here.


Our Remediation Plea: Full funding for dredging the San Jacinto River and Lake Houston and stricter regulation enforcement of legal and illegal sand mining operations along the river.

Remediation Update: Governor Abbott has indicated Lake Houston will be included in flood mitigation plans with funding from the federal government. We are currently working on our specific asks and to which entities we should make our appeal.

Remediation Efforts:

  • Council Member Martin’s Office has been instrumental in mobilizing Harris County Flood Control District to address sand clogged waterways, bayous, and ditches internally contained in Kingwood. As a result HCFCD announced their plan of action on January 31.
  • Council Member Martin has requested the use of current City contracts to conduct studies of certain portions of the West Fork of the San Jacinto River and Lake Houston to compare water levels and capacity of the river/lake to a previous study performed in 2011. To get these studies done, the City of Houston is working to secure funding to complete these studies in the very short term.
  • Harris County, Montgomery County and the San Jacinto River Authority are working together to submit a grant application to the Texas Water Development Board to study flood control in the entire San Jacinto Watershed.

Sand Mining Regulation:

  • Huberty’s office, The Chamber and The Lake Houston EDP met with Bayou Land Conservancy to begin collaborating on legislation regarding sand mining operations.
  • Huberty’s office confirmed with TCEQ that aerial surveillance of sand mining operations on the San Jacinto River was performed in October and citations and fines were given. TCEQ will be performing aerial surveillance again this Spring with likely ongoing monitoring to be established going forward.

Our Reduction Plea: A temporary Reduction of the pooling level of Lake Conroe from 201 feet above sea level to 198 feet above sea level.

Reduction Update:

  • City Councilmember Dave Martin recently met with the Governor’s office regarding lowering the level of Lake Conroe.
  • Long Term Recovery Task Force had meetings to discuss the specifics of temporarily lowering the lake and other flood mitigation possibilities with Jace Houston of the SJRA and with Montgomery County Judge Craig Doyal. The Chamber and Lake Houston EDP has had many conversations with the Lake Conroe Association, The Woodlands Chamber of Commerce and The Conroe Chamber of Commerce since December discussing our plea for lowering Lake Conroe. The purpose was to educate the entities on exactly what the need is and finding opportunities to partner for a regional approach to flood mitigation in the San Jacinto watershed
  • The Lake Conroe Association recently launched a letter writing campaign to counter the “permanent” reduction of Lake Conroe. We are currently working to educate Lake Conroe area residents that our lake reduction request is not a permanent request or viable solution. It is solely to assist in the mitigation of immediate future rain events given the level of sand, sediment and debris that have now created completely new blockages that did not exist pre-Harvey.

Our Representation Plea: on the San Jacinto River Authority Board – three governor appointed interim board members representing downstream communities to serve until legislation is passed to address the issue.

Representation Update:  On February 5, Governor Abbott  appointed Mark Micheletti and Kaaren Cambio, both Kingwood residents, to the San Jacinto River Authority board of directors.

  • On February 6 Governor Abbott tweeted that more will be announced soon regarding help with remediation for the Lake Houston Area.
  • On February 9 the federal government passed a bill including $90 billion in federal relief funding
  • On February 13 Governor Abbott announced allocation of funding from FEMA will provide an estimated $1 billion for hazard and flood mitigation projects designed to help Texas rebuild and reduce the risk of future damage from flooding and Hurricanes.
  • Huberty’s office is working on San Jacinto River Authority legislation regarding governance policies and emergency action plans.
  • Huberty’s office is working to create legislation to establish a water authority which would have overarching regional authority over the entire San Jacinto watershed.
  • City Council Member Dave Martin discussed with the Governor’s office the addition of an emergency storm water storage basin off lake Houston and other flood control measures.
  • Harris County Engineer just completed a study on Lake Houston water surface reduction alternative that he provided to the City of Houston. The study reviewed the possibility of additional gates.
LOOKING AHEAD: What are we doing now?

The Long Term Recovery Task Force is preparing and coordinating our next “PLEA” to the help remediate our area and prevent future flooding. WE ARE WORKING HARD to determine specific asks and to which agency/organization to make these asks.

We feel the Plea For Three campaign has accomplished several goals towards its intended purpose of enacting initial, immediate action. Certain unanswered requests of the Plea For Three, will now be evaluated for inclusion in a more comprehensive plan.


The Long Term Recovery Task Force is preparing and coordinating our next “PLEA” to the help remediate our area and prevent future flooding. WE ARE WORKING HARD to determine specific asks and to which agency/organization to make these asks.

We feel the Plea For Three campaign has accomplished several goals towards its intended purpose of enacting initial, immediate action. Certain unanswered requests of the Plea For Three, will now be evaluated for inclusion in a more comprehensive plan.

Information current as of February 26, 2018.

Commissioner's Contact Information

You can also contact your commissioner through social media, or by physically mailing them a letter:

Precinct 1 – Commissioner Rodney Ellis

Rodney Ellis – Harris County Commissioner Pct. 1
1001 Preston St, Ste. 950 Houston, TX 77002


Facebook:  @CommissionerRodneyEllis

Twitter (@RodneyEllis)

Precinct 2 – Commissioner Jack Morman

Jack Morman, Harris County Commissioner Pct. 2
1001 Preston St, Ste. 924 Houston, TX 77002


Facebook:  @harriscountyprecinct2

Precinct 4 – Commissioner R. Jack Cagle

Jack Cagle, Harris County Commissioner, Pct. 4
1001 Preston St, Ste. 950 Houston, TX 77002


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