SJRA Board Approves the Temporary and Seasonal Lowering of Lake Conroe
On February 20, the SJRA Board approved the temporary and seasonal lowering of Lake Conroe through December 2022.
The temporary seasonal lowering will begin in the spring on April 1 with SJRA gradually reducing the lake to an elevation of 200 ft-msl. This strategy is no different to 2019 Spring Mitigation Strategy.
In the fall, SJRA voted to continue at the elevation of 200 ft-msl from August 1 to August 31. Then after September 1, SJRA will lower the elevation to 199.5 ft-msl until September 30. The SJRA also voted that the City of Houston has the option to lower the lake level 6 more inches in the event of a named storm. This is effective through December 2022.
The Lake Houston Area Chamber has been advocating to renew the temporary, seasonal lowering of Lake Conroe to increase capacity in the lake and reduce the need for high volume releases which flow into the embattled West Fork of the San Jacinto River. The Chamber has worked in conjunction with area elected officials through its Long Term Recovery Task Force since 2017 on the strategy and has twice been successful, securing the lowering protocol in 2018 and 2019.
On January 6 the Chamber launched their #LivesOverLevels campaign requesting for the SJRA Board to once again approve the seasonal lowering for 2020. The campaign was in response to a group of homeowners around Lake Conroe who began advocating against the lake lowering strategy.
FIVE REASONS WHY
Lowering the pool level is the responsible course of action for the following reasons:
Lowering Lake Conroe reduces the risk of downstream flooding
It is a reasonable TEMPORARY solution while work continues on permanent infrastructure
It prioritizes the protection of life and property above access to recreation
The temporary, seasonal lowering of Lake Conroe satisfies Governor Abbott’s March 2018 directives
It complements Harris County’s and the City of Houston’s efforts to mitigate flooding in the Lake Houston Area through numerous infrastructure improvements
The City of Houston is doing its part by also lowering Lake Houston in order to mitigate flooding. In the past two years, Lake Houston has lowered ahead of rain events on nine separate occasions. Much like residents who live on Lake Conroe, residents on Lake Houston are frequently inconvenienced by not being able to use the lake recreationally.
Area officials rallied to secure the funding for the Lake Houston gates and reduced the initial implementation timeline of 10 years down to three years. They’ve also continuously worked to secure dredging operations on the West Fork of the San Jacinto River and Lake Houston as well as advocating for upstream detention.
The SJRA has also been a partner throughout this process. The SJRA has participated, engaged and collaborated with our Lake Houston Area, working alongside our officials to secure projects.
Business Resources for Disaster Relief
Air Conditioning and Heating
Contractor – Commercial
Contractor – Electrical
Contractor – General, Home Improvement
Swimming Pool/Spa Service and Supply
Waste and Recycle Services
Water Damage Restoration
February 24, 2020: Outcome of SJRA Vote to Lower Lake Conroe
February 20, 2020: SJRA Board Approves the Temporary and Seasonal Lowering of Lake Conroe
February 20, 2020: Lake Houston Area Chamber Board Issues Joint Resolution with Conroe/Lake Conroe Chamber of Commerce Calling for Civil Discourse Regarding the February 20, 2020 SJRA Special Board Meeting
January 30, 2020: City of Humble Resolution Support for Temporary, Seasonal Lowering of Lake Conroe
January 21, 2020: Commissioner Cagle’s Letter of Support
January 21, 2020: Chamber Requests Change of Venue for SJRA Board Meeting February 20
January 16, 2020: Chamber Change of Venue Request to the SJRA Board of Directors
January 16, 2020: TWBD Approves $30 Million Grant for Lake Houston Dredging Program
January 10, 2020: TWBD Set to Approve $30 Million Grant for Lake Houston Dredging Program
January 9, 2020: Chamber Launches Lives Over Levels Campaign
February 13, 2019: Harris County awarded $2.7 million for San Jacinto River drainage plan
December 6, 2018: The Temporary Lowering of Lake Houston has Begun
September 6, 2018: Kingwood voters were ‘political force’ on flood bond
August 26, 2018: Lake Houston area gets recovery boost after $2.5 billion bond passes
July 29, 2018: Support Proposition A because there’s no Plan B
July 11, 2018: When it comes to DDG, we need all three
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
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 14, 2017: City of Humble passes resolution to support Plea For 3 Lake Houston
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