Recover Lake Houston

Recover Lake Houston Update:
November 28, 2018

 

Facebook Live Chamber Chat with guest, Houston City Council Member Dave Martin

 

 

Recover Lake Houston Timeline

August 2018
  • SJRA began gradually reducing the level of Lake Conroe with a goal of reaching 200’ msl (one foot below normal pool) by Aug. 15
  • Final list of Harris County Flood Bond projects were presented and passed at Commissioner’s Court. List included projects to help the San Jacinto Watershed with Dredging, Detention and Gates.
  • Chamber Board endorses Harris County Flood Control Bond
  • Chamber launches #VoteYesLakeHouston campaign.
  • On the first day of early voting for the Harris County Flood Bond Chamber/EDP hosts Facebook Live with Commissioner Morman to inform the Lake Houston Area about the bond and the importance of it passing on August 25
  • Chamber attends meetings with Senators Cruz and Cornyn’s staff to discuss extending emergency dredging operations to include the “mouthbar” sandbar
  • Army Corps of Engineers commence emergency dredging operations in the San Jacinto River
  • Harris County Flood Bond Passes
July 2018
  • Plea For DDG is launched. Plans for a Get Out The Vote campaign are underway.
  • HCFCD Hosts San Jacinto Community Watershed meeting at Kingwood Park High School. 710 people attend – highest attendance for any community watershed meeting
  • HCFCD adds a potential partnership project to the Harris County Flood Bond Project List committing $10 million for dredging in the San Jacinto watershed.
  • Houston Water, San Jacinto River Authority & Coastal Water Authority release Joint Reservoir Operations Plan to lower water levels to prevent flooding
June 2018
  • Chamber hosts State of Lake Houston Luncheon: Army Corps of Engineers speaks about emergency dredging; Dr. Lester King from Rice speaks about the Lake Houston Resiliency Plan
  • Jenna Armstrong and Mark Mitchell meet with Commissioner Morman, Matt Zeve and Jeremy Phillips to discuss projects on the bond proposal. Following the meeting, Zeve adds additional projects to the list including $ for atascoctia, allocation for gates, and rewords the detention projects in Little Cypress Watershed, Spring Creek Watershed and Cypress Creek Watershed to reflect detention areas will also be sediment basins to help mitigate sand and silt from travelling downstream into our area
  • City of Houston and SJRA receive approval from TCEQ to seasonally lower Lake Conroe
  • New location at KW Park HS for Bond Meeting for San Jacinto Watershed announced
  • Harris County Flood Control adds $20 million partnership project for gates on Lake Houston to bond project list
May 2018
  • Harris Co. Commissioners approve multi-billion flood control bond referendum for Flood mitigation projects August 25; date approved by Governor Abbott
  • Army Corp of Engineers aim to begin dredging SJR in June
  • Chamber Board approves partnering with Rice University and Univ of Houston to create an area resiliency plan. Studies and work to span over a couple of years. Funding will come from grants.
  • Rep. Huberty sends a letter to TCEQ requesting expedient approval of the SJRA/CoH agreement to lower Lake Conroe
  • CM Martin hosts Sen. Creighton, CC for Rep. Huberty, TCEQ, SJRA, HCFCD and members of the Texas Aggregate & Concrete Association
  • Judge Emmett and HCFCD Russ Poppe announce details of Harris County 2018 Bond Election Package for August 25, 2018, Bond Election. 23 community meetings are scheduled throughout the region
April 2018
  • Reps from FEMA, USACE, TDEM, Abbott, HCFCD & CoH meet in Austin to discuss Emergency Dredging initiative for West Fork of the San Jacinto River
  • SJRA announces the hiring of Director of Flood Management, Chuck Gilman
  • SJRA takes on regional flood management role; hires director Chuck Gilman as head of Flood Management
  • Lt. Governor Patrick visits Lake Houston and wraps up Plea 2 See campaign
  • Harris County Commissioner’s Court vote to put out two RFQ’s for flood mitigation (dredging of the west fork of the SJR and multi
  • Harris County issues RFQ’s sets due date of May 29, 2018 at 2 PM for bids to dredge
  • DC Legislative trip
  • Governor Abbott announces emergency dredging to begin in San Jacinto in May-June
  • EDP hosts third LiftFund workshop offering 0% interest loans to businesses at Lone Star Kingwood campus
  • SJRA Board Meeting. Board Members vote to lower Lake Conroe on a seasonal basis (1 foot in the spring and 2 feet in the fall)
  • Grant program from Chamber of Commerce/EDP/HAEDF announces more than $220K of grant funds available to Lake Houston area businesses affected by Harvey
  • Chamber officials lobby for LHA in DC
  • SJRA proposes lowering of Lake Conroe up to 2 ft on a seasonal basis
March 2018
  • LiftFund and LHARF recipients speak at Atascocita BizCom
  • Meeting with TXDot to discuss I-69 highway bridge section replacement and lane closures due to Harvey damage
  • Plea 2 See Lake Houston is launched
  • Council member Dave Martin requests the Long Term Recovery Task Force begin a second letter writing campaign to get Governor Abbott, Lt. Gov. Patrick and GLO Commissioner Bush to tour our area. Chamber Staff moves quickly to create Plea To See Campaign.
  • Dave Martin hosts Town Hall meeting. During meeting he encourages Governor Abbott, Land Commissioner George P. Bush and Lt Gov. Dan Patrick to tour the San Jacinto River
  • Chamber and EDP announces new small business assistance funds in the form of Small Business grants
  • Judge Ed Emmett acknowledges dredging the San Jacinto as a flood protection “priority”
  • EDP Hosts second LiftFund workshop offering 0% loans to businesses at Lone Star Kingwood campus
  • Governor Abbott visits Kingwood and tours SJR
  • Governor Abbott announces new flood prevention efforts in Kingwood including money allocated to kick start construction of more gates on Lake Houston
  • PRESS CONFERENCE: Governor Abbott hosts SJRA Roundtable at Kingwood Community Center and charges board members to find solutions
  • KHS re-opens
  • LHACC and EDP host US Chamber of Commerce delegation. Provide presentation and tour of impacted LH areas. Attend evening event with US Chamber companies and City of Houston officials.
  • City of Houston Flood Czar Steve Costello presents 13 projects to City Council – names additional 10 flood gates at Lake Houston Dam as a top 4 priority
  • Commissioner George P Bush visits Lake Houston and tours SJR
  • Sen. Creighton, CM Martin, and reps from Rep. Huberty, TCEQ and Gov. Abbott meet at Kingwood Community Center. CM Martin hosts Sen. Creighton and staff from Rep. Huberty, Gov. Abbott & TCEQ on Boat Tour of SJR
  • Dave Martin and Mayor Turner lower Lake Houston prior to heavy rain over the weekend, subjectively prevents flooding in Kingwood
  • SJRA announces closure of Lake Conroe due to high water waits to release until Lake Houston level lowers
  • SJRA announces Flood Management Initiative
February 2018
  • Governor Abbott appoints three to San Jacinto River Authority Board of Directors including two Lake Houston residents (Mark Michelleti and Kaaran Cambio)
  • Governor Abbott tweets regarding the announcement of SJRA board appointees stating “I have heard your Plea for 3” and “more will be announced soon to help you with remediation”
  • President Trump signs bill which included $90Bil in disaster relief funding
  • PRESS CONFERENCE: Governor Abbott joins with Judge Emmett & Mayor Turner to announce the $89 Billion relief package
  • Initial mtg w/ Merlin Law Group at TEDC conf to discuss natural disaster insurance workshop
  • SJRA Board Meeting attended by staff from Rep. Huberty & CM Martin’s office
  • Sen. Creighton, Rep. Huberty & CM Martin meet with Mayor Turner & Director Haddock. Mayor tells Director Haddock to lower Lake Houston
  • Initial mtg w/ Rebuild Texas Fund to discuss matching grant for Lake Houston Harvey Small Business Grant Program
January 2018
  • Rep. Huberty sends letter of support for the Plea for Three to Governor Abbott
  • Harris County Okays deal with Montgomery Co. to Seek funds for dual flood control study of the San Jacinto River
  • LTRTF reps meet with SJRA Executive Director at Woodlands Chamber of Commerce to discuss purpose of Plea For 3
  • HEB Kingwood re-opens
  • Rep. Huberty and CM Martin meet with SJRA Board Members and General Manager at SJRA
  • EDP attends and supports LiftFund HCC/MBDA event
  • Chamber CEO and EDP President attend LiftFund press conference and speak to Governor Abbot and request SJRA representation and dredging. Gov Abbott mentions Plea For 3 by name and says he has heard the people of Lake Houston
    SJRA Board Meeting attended by staff from Rep. Huberty & CM Martin’s office
  • Lake Conroe residents announce campaign to protect Lake Conroe water levels
  • Jenna, CC & Jill Buillion meet re: sand mining legislation
  • Alan Potok hosts Town Hall Meeting at Kingwood Community Center
  • Kingwood HOAs Host Internal Drainage Meeting at Kingwood Community Center. Senator Creighton, CM Martin and CC (on behalf of Rep. Huberty) attend
December 2017
  • Plea For 3 letter writing campaign is launched.
  • Rep. Huberty & CM Martin present about recovery at BizCom Kingwood
  • City of Humble passes resolution to support Plea for 3 Lake Houston
  • SJRA Board Meeting attended by staff from Rep. Huberty & CM Martin’s office
  • Dave Martin encourages participation in Plea For 3
  • Texas House Natural Resource Chairman Lyle Larson sends letter to Governor Abbott and SJRA Jace Houston to acknowledge Plea For 3 Lake Houston
  • Rep. Huberty & CM Martin send letter to SJRA to request a meeting with board members
November 2017
  • EDP Hosts first LiftFund workshop offering 0% loans to businesses
  • LHARF reaches $240,000; Whataburger, Best Buy re-open in Kingwood and Humble
  • FEMA extends deadline for assistance to November 30th
  • Dave Martin states that SJC river silt contributed to Kingwood flooding
  • Chamber President Jenna Armstrong speaks in D.C. to U.S. Chamber Board of Directors annual foundation meeting regarding small businesss recovery challenges
  • Loaned EDA/IEDC executive arrives. Nov 13-17. Executive assisted with small bus gap funding strategies, chamber outreach, resiliency planning
  • Rep. Huberty calls Texas House Public Education Committee Hearing on Harvey at Texas Capitol
  • Houston City Council member Dave Martin requests the Chamber Board approve creating a letter writing campaign to as for representation, remediation and reduction of Lake Conroe. Efforts to be run through the Lake Houston Area Long Term Recovery Task Force
  • US Secretary of Education, Betsey DeVos, visits Summer Creek High School and Kingwood High SchoolDeVos hosts roundtable with educators and administrators at Kingwood Park High School
  • First LiftFund Loan is awarded to Texas Tom’s Pools in Kingwood
October 2017
  • Conf call with Intl Economic Development Council re grant funding for loaned ED disaster executive for LHA
  • Texas House Appropriations Committee hosts a public hearing at University of Houston
  • Texas House Natural Resources Committee hosts a public hearing at George R. Brown Convention Center. CM Dave Martin reserves buses from Kingwood Community Center for witnesses to testify. Jace Houston, SJRA General Manager, testifies
  • Chamber President visits elected officials in Washington D.C. to discuss relief efforts
  • Rep. Huberty calls Texas House Public Education Committee Hearing on Harvey at Texas Capitol. Dr. Fagen testifies to the full extent of damage within Humble ISD
  • EDP promotes Express Bridge Loan Pilot Program for small business impacted by natural disasters. Included list of Texas lending institutions eligible to provide program funding
  • Chamber adds Andrew Cardenas to the staff as Business Recovery Coordinator
  • EDP meeting with Ernst & Young tax partner re program and funding programs likely to be utilized for Hurricane Harvey
  • First wave of businesses begin to re-open featured in the Chronicle
  • SJRA explains to Senate committee decision to release water featuring Brandon Creighton and other officials.
  • Texas House Natural Resources Committee Chairman, Lyle Larson, visits LHA for Town Hall Meeting w Rep. Huberty, CM Martin and Mayor Aaron
  • Hiring After Harvey workshop focused on existing and recently passed federal legislation designed to help business pre and post natural disasters
  • Chamber and EDP partner with LiftFund to launch disaster recover loans for Lake Houston Area businesses
    Ongoing basis, provided large area employers (retailers, healthcare, etc) with federal filing forms related to HR 3823, Employee Retention Tax Credit
  • SJRA Board Meeting attended by staff from Rep. Huberty & CM Martin’s office
  • EDP approved for loaned executive grant, signs MOU with IEDC
  • Dr. Guy Sconzo holds first Long Term Recovery Task Force Meeting. Group to meet on a monthly basis
September 2017
  • SJRA issues video response to questions about Lake Conroe Dam operations
  • FEMA announces estimates that Harvey will be the second costliest disaster in US History
  • Chamber/EDP begins surveying and assessing area businesses
  • PRESS CONFERENCE: Mayor Turner speaks from Kingwood re: City of San Antonio Solid Waste Agreement to pick
  • Humble ISD approves plan to combine KHS and SCHS
  • SJRA issues a “Response to Kingwood Officials” Statement
  • Humble Area Assistance Ministries joins Insperity and Chamber to partner on Lake Houston Area Relief Fund
  • LHA Chamber requests help from other chambers for small businesses after Harvey flooding and begins supply drive and donations to the Lake Houston Area Relief Fund on Facebook
  • Meeting with Kraft Custom cabinets to assist with community aid
  • CM Martin’s office opens and runs a supply distribution center at Kingwood Community Center (runs through September 14th)
    (approximately) #humbleisdstrong initiative announced
  • Attend GHP Hurricane Harvey strategic planning meeting with regional EDC, state and Federal officials
  • Insperity announces funding plan to support Hurricane Harvey recovery. Sets goal at $2 million for the Lake Houston Area Relief Fund
  • Chamber & EDP host Business Recovery Workshop
  • EDP provided LHA tour to Galveston EDP president. Discussed bridge gap funding strategies for impacted business.
  • Lake Houston Chamber and Economic Development Partnership encourages Lake Houston businesses to apply for and seek help from multiple resources
  • Rep. Huberty & CM Martin speak at the #kingwoodstrong event at the old HEB parking lot
  • Chamber/EDP meeting with Congressman Poe’s office to discuss disaster related tax relief for impacted business.
  • Chamber Board approves creation of Long Term Recovery Task Force and Back To Business Campaign
  • Chamber Received first shipment of office supplies for our Harvey Office Supply Drive from US Chamber’s IOM Staff
  • Rebuild Texas hosts working group meetings with local officials, including Judge Emmett, Rep. Huberty, CM Martin & Mayor Aaron
  • Meeting with Citizens Bank to discuss program gap funding program for impacted small business.
  • HR 3823 Disaster Relief legislation signed into law. Congressman Brady bill sponsor
  • Lake Houston Area Relief Fund begins evaluating first wave of grant applications
  • Congressman Poe provided point of contact for EDA grant funding through IEDC. Initiated dialogue with IEDC via email
  • Disaster recovery loan program conf call with Citizens Bank, Moody Bank, and Galveston EDP
  • SJRA Board Meeting attended by staff from Rep. Huberty & CM Martin’s office
  • Chamber launches Back to Business campaign #LHABack2Biz
  • PRESS CONFERENCE: Mayor Turner & Judge Emmett Announce $50 Million Grant from Governor Abbott’s Disaster Relief Fund
August 2017
  • Harvey makes landfall
  • San Jacinto floods out of its banks into part of Kingwood and Humble
  • Humble puts curfew into effect; high water reformed at Northpark at Hidden Pines, Kingwood at Royal Foest, Woodland Hills Dr north of River Grove Park, Belleau Wood Dr and Moonshine Hill Loop. Hamblen is shut down from Loop 494 due to high water\
    Humble receives notice from SJRA that Lake Conroe is releasing record amount of water to raise river to 65.6 ft (at 61.34 ft at this time)
  • Voluntary evacuation ordered to parts of Humble expected to receive flooding after SJRA announcement
    Kingwood Dr becomes completely covered in water. Dave Martin encourages all residents to return to their homes. Rescues underway as high water vehicles are deployed.
  • Ronda Trow, PR manager of SJRA, says water levels are beginning to drop at 2:30 PM. Release of water is at 79,141 cfs. Claims effect of dam release will be on the area will be difficult
  • Transportation from KHS is discontinued due to increased flooding in the school
  • Rescue efforts are underway in Kingwood across West Lake Houston Parkway bridge at Kings Lake Estates
  • Chamber partners with Insperity to create Lake Houston Area Relief Fund and begins accepting donations to the Lake Houston Area Relief Fund on Facebook
  • Conf call with CMS out of CT to discuss federal disaster relief presentation/workshop

News Updates

Archived News

July 6, 2018: Texas needs a sand plan for preventing floods

July 2, 2018: Mining along river may worsen floods

July 1, 2018: Dredging of San Jacinto’s west fork to begin soon

June 27, 2018: New Location: San Jacinto River Watershed Community Meeting

June 15, 2018: City of Houston and SJRA receive approval from TCEQ to seasonally lower Lake Conroe

May 18, 2018: Kevin Roberts, Texas State Representative of Dist. 126 sends letter to SJRA President in support of the seasonal lowering of Lake Conroe.

May 1, 2018: San Jacinto River Authority creates a flood management division at April 26 meeting – Community Impact Newspaper Conroe|Montgomery

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.

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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.
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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.

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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.

REMEDIATION Update

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.
REDUCTION Update

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.
REPRESENTATION Update

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.

ONGOING RECOVERY/REMEDIATION WORK AND NEWS
  • 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.

HOW CAN YOU HELP?

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.

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