Houston Mayor Pro Tem Dave Martin is calling on the community to help protect the Lake Houston Area from future flooding. Martin is launching a “Lives Over Levels” email campaign to the San Jacinto River Authority (SJRA) Board of Directors requesting the approval of temporary, seasonal lowering of Lake Conroe in 2020. The SJRA Board meets on Jan. 21 to hear comments and again on Feb. 20 to call the vote.
The Lake Houston area fought hard to initiate a seasonal lake-lowering program during the wettest months of the year and in the height of hurricane season. The lake-lowering program calls for Lake Conroe to be lowered 1 foot below Lake Conroe’s normal pool elevation during the months of April and May and by 2 feet below normal pool elevation in the months of August and September. The seasonal lowering program must be approved by the SJRA Board each February.
An organized group of homeowners on Lake Conroe has recently launched a campaign to the SJRA Board and a petition to Texas Gov. Greg Abbott to stop the temporary and seasonal lowering program. They contend the temporary, seasonal lake-lowering program impedes lakefront residents’ ability to get their boats from their slips during months with lower lake levels. They also claim that the lake-lowering program has no scientific basis of flood protection and is thus merely offers a “placebo effect” for Lake Houstonians.
However, as residents and business professionals in Lake Houston, Martin stated Lake Houston residents know the benefits the seasonal and temporary lowering of Lake Conroe has had on our area and he also has data which proves seasonal lowering mitigated flooding.
Here is how community members can help. Send an email to the SJRA Board Members through the RecoverLakeHouston.com site.
Share the RecoverLakeHouston.com site with employees, coworkers, friends, neighbors and customers so they can also participate in the campaign.
Spread the campaign on social media using #LivesOverLevels #SJRA #RecoverLakeHouston.
Show up to the SJRA Board meetings at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21 and Thursday, Feb. 20 at the Lone Star Convention and Expo Center located at 9055 Airport Road in Conroe. The opposition group in Lake Conroe will have several hundred people attend.
The future of the Lake Houston area depends largely on the community rallying together, fighting for action to prevent flooding. Martin sent a letter of support for this effort to the SJRA Board and ask that everyone does.