Since 2018, the SJRA and the City of Houston have collaborated on a temporary flood mitigation strategy of lowering Lake Conroe and Lake Houston at certain times of year to create additional storage capacity to catch rainfall during storms. The program has generated division between upstream and downstream communities over the perceived burdens and benefits of the program.

Achieving meaningful results in terms of flood mitigation requires numerous strategies in addition to lake level monitoring. Large infrastructure projects (detention reservoirs and improving drainage channels), regulatory changes (enhanced building codes and increased flood plain management), land use controls (including best practices for sand and gravel operations), wetland protection, and preservation of natural areas along streams and rivers are all important strategies to consider.