Precautions Regarding COVID-19 (Lake Conroe open to families at this time)

Conroe, Texas—With the issuance by Montgomery County of an order directing citizens to “stay home, stop the spread,” the San Jacinto River Authority (SJRA) and Montgomery County wish to clarify that the order does allow individuals to go to “public parks and outdoor recreation areas,” therefore Lake Conroe will still remain open to visitors.  The community is strongly urged to observe federal, state, and local COVID-19 guidelines if visiting the lake, especially guidelines related to social distancing.

While visiting Lake Conroe, please observe the following guidelines:

  • Follow CDC recommendations on social distancing.
  • Gatherings of any number of people outside of a family unit are prohibited.
  • Follow recommended hygiene practices including frequent hand washing when visiting any common spaces such as marinas, gas stations, or boat launches.
  • Review Montgomery County emergency proclamations for information related to county parks, including the Lake Conroe Park off of SH 105.

“It’s important that people take personal responsibility for their health and the health of those around them,” stated County Judge Mark Keough.  “We are working with the SJRA to keep Lake Conroe open for recreation, just like our county parks, but we need cooperation from the public.  Any recreational use of Lake Conroe should strictly adhere to the CDC guidelines and the County’s recent ‘stay home, stop the spread’ order.”

“Our highest priority is for the health and well-being of Lake Conroe visitors and businesses, so it’s important that people take the County’s order and CDC guidelines very seriously,” said SJRA General Manager Jace Houston.  “However, we still want people to be able to get outside with their families and enjoy the lake.  We just need people to do it in a way that keeps them safe and healthy.  As long as people are courteous to each other and follow the guidelines, we plan to keep the lake open.”

“Precinct 1 advises everyone to enjoy Lake Conroe but make sure that you are following best practices and social distancing while on the water,” said Lt. Cade Montgomery County Precinct 1 Constable’s Office.  “Make sure to keep your party to family units only, wash your hands, and for more information regarding COVID-19 visit www.mctx.org.”

For additional information on SJRA visit our website at www.sjra.net, like SJRA on Facebook @SanJacintoRiverAuthority, follow us on Twitter @SJRA_1937, or find us on Instagram @SanJacintoRiverAuthoritySJRA.

Press Releases and Other Messages Regarding COVID-19
PDF version of the Joint Press Release above
SJRA Precautions Regarding COVID-19 Press Release (sent on 03-20-20)
Message from SJRA on COVID-19: Caring for our Customers and Employees (sent via Constant Contact 03-16-20)

The San Jacinto River Authority (SJRA) is a public entity created by the Texas Legislature whose mission is to develop, conserve, and protect the water resources of the San Jacinto River basin. Covering all or part of seven counties, the organization’s jurisdiction includes the entire San Jacinto River watershed, excluding Harris County. The SJRA is one of two dozen river authorities in the State of Texas, and like other river authorities, its primary purpose is to implement long-term, regional projects related to water supply and wastewater treatment.

The SJRA boundaries include the entire watershed of the San Jacinto River and its tributaries excluding Harris County. This includes all of Montgomery County and parts of Walker, Waller, San Jacinto, Grimes, Fort Bend, and Liberty Counties. SJRA serves many customers in the Houston area and is authorized to operate in East Harris County through an agreement with the City of Houston, which allows the SJRA to operate east of the San Jacinto River.

SJRA receives no money from the state, nor does it collect any type of taxes. Income is primarily derived from the sale and distribution of water and treatment of wastewater. This revenue covers the cost of operation and maintenance as well as outstanding debt. Revenue bonds are sold to finance projects.

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SJRA OPERATIONS

Highlands

Highlands Division

The Highlands Division delivers raw water from Lake Houston and the Trinity River through an extensive 27-mile system of canals and a 1,400-acre staging reservoir. The Highlands Division delivers more water each day than all of SJRA’s other operating divisions combined.

Lake Conroe

Lake Conroe Division

The Lake Conroe Division’s primary functions include: Municipal and industrial raw water supply, reservoir operations, water quality and source water protection, invasive species management, navigational safety, and regulation of structures on the reservoir.

Woodlands

Woodlands Division

The Woodlands Division provides wholesale water supply and wastewater treatment services to The Woodlands through three regional wastewater treatment plants, a wastewater conveyance system with thirty plus lift stations, five water plants, thirty eight water wells, six elevated and eight ground storage tanks, and miles of wastewater collection and potable water distribution lines.

GRP

GRP Division

The Groundwater Reduction Plan Division (GRP Division) is responsible for implementing a countywide program that will meet the requirements of the Lone Star Groundwater Conservation District to substantially reduce future groundwater usage from the Gulf Coast Aquifer by ensuring a reliable, long-term diversified portfolio of alternative water supply sources for all of Montgomery County.

Flood Management

Flood Management

The Flood Management Division’s primary functions include: developing short-term and long-term regional flood management strategies within the Authority’s portion of the San Jacinto River Basin;  building partnerships with federal, state, and local government entities; identifying funding sources and opportunities; and coordinating, collaborating, and potentially partnering with other flood management entities throughout the entire San Jacinto River basin.