Lake Houston Temporarily Lowered One Foot 

Houston, TX – Council Member Dave Martin would like to make Lake Houston Area residents aware that Houston Public Works is lowering the level of Lake Houston by one foot. Since heavy thunderstorms are predicted later this evening Lake Houston is being lowered from 42.5 feet to 41.5 feet. It is predicted that there will be widespread rainfall of 1 to 2 inches with higher possible totals of 3 to 4 inches in some areas.

The lowering of the Lake began this morning. This will be a temporary lowering while we are under this possible severe weather watch. Property owners should make arrangements for boats and other items along the shoreline for a  lowering of Lake Houston by one foot.

Please keep in mind that the Lake will only be lowered to 41.5 feet until the threat of today’s severe weather passes. Once the threat of severe weather leaves our area the Lake will be allowed to fill back up to the normal pool level of 42.5 feet. The level of Lake Houston can be monitored by visiting the Coastal Water Authority website.

For more information please contact the District E office by calling (832) 393-3008 or by emailing DistrictE@houstontx.gov.

Clarification: Temporary Reduction to the Level of Lake Houston

Houston, TX – To clarify a press release that went out yesterday regarding the reduction of Lake Houston, the level of the Lake is temporarily being reduced for seasonal rain events until the river, lake, and interior channels can be dredged. Harris County has approved the request for qualifications for engineering and environmental permitting to support the dredging of the West Fork of the San Jacinto River.

Once the lake is lowered to 40 feet it is the City of Houston’s plan to adjust the spillway gates to maintain a level of 40 feet temporarily moving forward this rainy and hurricane season. The lake is currently releasing 7,600 cubic feet per second, and the elevation is 40.52 feet. No major changes in policy have been made. This temporary reduction addresses the immediate concerns of the Lake Houston Community, including Kingwood, Humble, Atascocita, and Huffman.

This lower lake level will continue to be observed while the City works with area partners to address siltation and other coordination efforts with Lake Conroe. The City of Houston will continue to monitor and evaluate water demand, weather patterns and other mitigation activities.

In the event, the City of Houston has a need for additional water, the City has the ability through existing water rights to call water from Lake Conroe and Lake Livingston to meet high demand. For more information, please contact the District E office at (832) 393-3008 or via email at districte@houstontx.gov.

Effective Immediately the Level of Lake Houston is Being Reduced

Houston, TX – Houston City Council Member Dave Martin would like to announce that after a meeting held yesterday with Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, the daily pooling level of Lake Houston will be reduced from 42.5 feet to 40 feet, effective immediately. Last night, Houston Public Works Director, Carol Haddock, directed the Coastal Water Authority to start lowering the level of Lake Houston in advance of Wednesday’s predicted storms. Council Member Martin has confirmed that all gates at Lake Houston are open and the level of Lake Houston is anticipated to reach the desired 40 foot mark by Wednesday evening.

Once the lake is lowered to 40 feet it is the City of Houston’s plan to adjust the spillway gates to maintain a level of 40 feet moving forward on a long-term basis. This will address the immediate concerns of the Lake Houston Community, including Kingwood, Humble, Atascocita, and Huffman. This lower lake level will continue to be observed while the City works with area partners to address siltation and other coordination efforts with Lake Conroe. The City of Houston will continue to monitor and evaluate water demand, weather patterns and other mitigation activities.

This morning, Harris County Commissioner’s Court will vote to authorize requests for qualifications (RFQ) for engineering and other services to identify watershed-wide flood risks, evaluate food mitigation strategies that address those risks and develop recommendations to enhance the flood warning system and action plans used by the emergency managers in the San Jacinto River Basin from its headwaters in Lake Houston across Harris County Precincts 1, 2, and 4. Harris County will be working with the San Jacinto River Authority as well as other municipalities to accomplish this task which was a part of Governor Greg Abbott’s charges for the region.

Additionally, Harris County will also be requesting authorization for RFQs for engineering, environmental permitting, and other services in support of dredging the West Fork of the San Jacinto River from IH-59 to Lake Houston Parkway. This was another of Governor Abbott’s charges during his visit to the Kingwood Area. All parties are committed to working together to swiftly move the dredging project forward in preparation for this year’s hurricane season.

Council Member Martin has been working diligently over the last few weeks to make sure the efforts of dredging are not short lived. The visit of Texas Land Commissioner, George P. Bush, and continued communication with the Governor’s office have allowed us to partner with the Aggregate Production Operators (APO) and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. The continued interest and participation of statewide leaders helps local efforts by assisting us in identifying red tape and providing solutions to these obstacles. Next Tuesday, April 3, we anticipate a visit from Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick who has expressed an interest in touring the San Jacinto Watershed by air and water.

These state partnerships allow us the opportunity to closely evaluate existing regulations for sand mining as well as the ability to increase the strength of these existing policies. The regional APOs have stepped up to the table and want to be a part of the solution. Texas Senator Brandon Creighton and Texas State Representative Dan Huberty continue to be champions for stricter sand mining regulations to protect our watershed.

The problem of flooding within the San Jacinto Watershed is a difficult one to tackle due to the size of the watershed and many jurisdictions involved but Council Member Martin is creating relationships where none have existed before and knows that working together will get us further along the path to a long term solution.

For more information, please contact the District E office at (832) 393-3008 or via email at districte@houstontx.gov.

 

City of Houston Public Input Needed: Changes to Chapter 19 Floodplain Ordinance

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 14, 2018

Contact: Jessica Beemer (832) 393-3008
jessica.beemer@houstontx.gov

Public Input Needed: Changes to Chapter 19 Floodplain Ordinance

Houston, TX – City Council Member Dave Martin is requesting residents participate in providing public input on proposed changes to Chapter 19 of the City’s Code of Ordinances. The City of Houston is considering revisions to Chapter 19 to ensure new dwellings are built high enough to save lives and property in the event of future flooding. As District E will be heavily impacted by new regulations, participation from residents is highly encouraged.

APPROACH
The City of Houston will reduce the risk of flood loss for future development and redevelopment by ordinance revisions, new regulations, building codes and design guidelines. Existing development will be improved through Capital Improvement Projects, buyouts, home elevations and demo-rebuilds.

RECOMMENDATIONS
Houston’s current code only applies to property in the 100-year floodplain and protects 1 foot above 100-year flood elevation. The proposed revisions would include property in the 500-year floodplain and protect “X feet” of 500-year flood elevation. It would also include no net fill in the 500-year floodplain.

“X feet” in the proposed revisions is still to be determined following the public input period.

The 100-year floodplain is land that is predicted to flood during a 100-year storm, which has a 1% chance of occurring in any given year. The 500-year floodplain has a .2% chance of occurring.

PUBLIC INPUT AND NEXT STEPS

Public input on proposed changes to Chapter 19 can be made:

The ordinance will be presented to Council on February 28, 2018.

RESOURCES

For more information, please contact the District E office at (832) 393-3008 or via email at districte@houstontx.gov.

City of Houston Solid Waste Management Department

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 14, 2018

Contact: Jessica Beemer
jessica.beemer@houstontx.gov

Solid Waste Management Department (SMWD) City Crews Return to Regular Tree/Junk Schedule on Thursday, March 1, 2018

  Houston, TX – The Solid Waste Management Department will temporarily suspend city crews collecting Hurricane Harvey storm debris effective February 28, 2018. Contracted storm debris crews will remain in place until further notice. City Junk Waste/Tree Waste crews will resume the regularly scheduled Tree Waste and Junk Waste collections effective March 1, 2018.

Mayor Sylvester Turner stated, “Houstonians should be very thankful and proud of the hard work of their Solid Waste Management employees who worked tirelessly to relieve them of the debris burden and immediate stress created by the ravages of Hurricane Harvey.  City debris crews were on the ground immediately after the floodwaters receded and homeowners began their road to recovery.”

Solid Waste Director Harry Hayes was also very thankful and proud of the work of the department’s employees and noted that “Houston’s solid waste team is extremely dedicated to serving its community especially in their time of extreme need.  Many solid waste employees suffered Harvey damage, but were on the job from day one ensuring that the community quickly recovered.”

  • Thursday, March 1, 2018:  Regular Tree Waste Schedule
  • Monday, April 2, 2018:  Regular Junk Waste Schedule 

Remember odd months are Tree Waste and even months are Junk Waste.

Tree Waste months:  January, March, May, July, September, and November.

Junk Waste months:  February, April, June, August, October and December.

Harvey Storm Debris is still being collected, continue to place debris at the curb. Report uncollected storm debris to the City of Houston 3-1-1 service line.
For more information about the City of Houston Solid Waste Management Department and its services, residents may check online at www.houstonsolidwaste.org, like their page on Facebook at www.facebook.com/houstonsolidwaste, follow them on twitter @houstontrash or call 3-1-1, (713-837-0311), the City of Houston’s Customer Service Helpline.

Harvey Committee Hearing

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 25, 2018

Contact: Jessica Beemer (832) 393-3008
jessica.beemer@houstontx.gov

Public Invited to Attend Texas Senate Agriculture, Water, and Rural Affairs Harvey Committee Hearing

Houston, TX – The Texas Senate Committee on Agriculture, Water, and Rural Affairs will host a committee hearing on Monday, January 29, 2018, at 9:00 a.m., located at Wharton County Junior College, 911 E. Boling Hwy, Wharton, Texas 77488.

The committee will hear invited and public testimony regarding the impact to agriculture and rural communities from Hurricane Harvey, along with the following charge:

1) Study and make recommendations on how to move forward with water infrastructure projects in the State Water Plan that will help mitigate floods through flood control, diversion, and storage projects. Evaluate plans for a possible third reservoir in addition to Addicks and Barker to control and alleviate additional flooding in the region. Additionally, review the current status of reservoir projects in Texas. Examine opportunities for coordination between federal and state agencies to develop flood mitigation infrastructure, and the ongoing maintenance and restoration of critical dam infrastructure.

To find a complete summary of the 2017 Interim Legislative Charges: Hurricane Harvey Response, issued by the Lieutenant Governor, click here.

While the conversation will focus on rural and agricultural Harvey related issues, both Council Member Dave Martin and Senator Brandon Creighton want to make sure residents are notified of all opportunities to make comments related to Lt. Governor Dan Patrick’s interim charges for the Texas Senate.

Public testimony will be limited to 2 minutes per person. Written testimony will be accepted at the event. Additionally, should you not be able to attend the hearing, testimony can be submitted by email to Lauren Murray, Committee Clerk, lauren.murray_SC@senate.texas.gov as well as Senator Brandon Creighton at brandon.creighton@senate.texas.gov.

For more information, please contact Rusty Smith, Committee Director, at (512) 463-0340.

Lane Closure at West Lake Houston Parkway and Northpark Drive

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 5, 2018

Contact: Jessica Beemer (832) 393-3008
jessica.beemer@houstontx.gov

SCHEDULED: Lane Closure at West Lake Houston Parkway and Northpark Drive

Houston, TX – Council Member Dave Martin would like to make Kingwood residents aware that the northbound inside left turn lane on West Lake Houston Parkway at Northpark Drive will be closed tomorrow, Saturday, January 6. The lane is expected to reopen by 6:00 a.m. on Monday, January 8, weather permitting.

This lane closure is part of phase one of the Lake Houston Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone (TIRZ 10) intersection improvements at West Lake Houston Parkway and Northpark Drive, which are expected to be complete Spring 2018.

Intermittent delays are expected during construction. As a result, Council Member Martin has alerted the Houston Police Department’s Kingwood Substation and has asked that officers help with traffic mitigation when possible. Additionally, traffic control measures will be in place on site including traffic barrels, traffic cones, directional signage and flagmen.

For more information, please contact the District E office by calling (832) 393-3008 or by emailing districte@houstontx.gov.