SJRA Board of Directors Hold Special Meetings to Discuss Seasonal Lowering of Lake Conroe

Conroe, Texas—Due to an overwhelming response, the San Jacinto River Authority’s (SJRA) Board of Directors will hold special meetings January 21, 2020, at 6:00 P.M. and February 20, 2020, at 6:00 P.M. at the Lone Star Convention and Expo Center located at 9055 Airport Road, Conroe, Texas 77303 to hear public comment on the temporary flood mitigation strategy of lowering Lake Conroe on a seasonal basis.

The SJRA Board of Directors will receive a presentation from staff at the January 21st special meeting and any vote on the strategy would take place at the February 20th special meeting.  The special meetings are exclusively for addressing the lake lowering strategy.  No other items are planned for the special meeting agendas, and the board does not intend to consider the lake lowering strategy at its regular board meetings in January or February.

SPECIAL MEETING DATES, TIME, AND LOCATION

The SJRA Board of Directors will hold a Special Meeting at 6:00 P.M., Tuesday, January 21, 2020, at Lone Star Convention and Expo Center located at 9055 Airport Road, Conroe, Texas 77303.

 The SJRA Board of Directors will hold a Special Meeting at 6:00 P.M., Thursday, February 20, 2020, at Lone Star Convention and Expo Center located at 9055 Airport Road, Conroe, Texas 77303.

If you would like to address the board at either of the above special meetings, we have attached the Comment Registration Form below to fill out ahead of time for your convenience.  If you decide to fill out the form ahead of time, please bring a hard copy with you and turn it in to staff at the venue.  Unfortunately the form cannot be mailed, emailed, or dropped off prior to the meeting date.

Comment Registration Form
February 2020 Board Presentation
January 2020 Board Presentation

The SJRA Board of Directors welcomes input regarding the seasonal lake lowering strategy.  To contact the Board please visit: https://www.sjra.net/about/board/ or email floodmanagementdivision@sjra.net.

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.