San Jacinto River Authority to hold special meetings in January, February following 'overwhelming response' on Lake Conroe lowering

San Jacinto River Authority board members listen to resident feedback at a Dec. 12 meeting. (Eva Vigh/Community Impact Newspaper)
San Jacinto River Authority board members listen to resident feedback at a Dec. 12 meeting. (Eva Vigh/Community Impact Newspaper)

San Jacinto River Authority board members listen to resident feedback at a Dec. 12 meeting. (Eva Vigh/Community Impact Newspaper)

Due to an "overwhelming response," the San Jacinto River Authority will hold two special meetings to hear public comment on the temporary flood mitigation strategy of lowering Lake Conroe on a seasonal basis, according to a Dec. 18 SJRA news release.

The special meetings will be held Jan. 21 at 6 p.m. and Feb. 20 at 6 p.m. at the Lone Star Convention and Expo Center located at 9055 Airport Road, Conroe.

The board will receive a presentation from staff at the Jan. 21 special meeting, and any vote on the strategy will take place at the Feb. 20 special meeting, according to the SJRA.

"The special meetings are exclusively for addressing the lake lowering strategy," the news release stated. "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."

SJRA's call for two special meetings follows the Dec. 12 SJRA meeting, where Lake Conroe residents showed up in full force demanding an end to the lake lowering.


According to the SJRA, the lowering of Lake Conroe one foot in the spring and two feet in the fall is intended to provide flood mitigation benefits for downstream residents by increasing capacity to catch rainfall and runoff in the lake.

The strategy is reviewed annually and is currently authorized by both the SJRA board of directors and the city of Houston, as the two entities each own water rights in Lake Conroe.
By Eva Vigh
Eva Vigh joined Community Impact Newspaper in 2018 as a reporter for Spring and Klein. Prior to this position, she covered upstream oil and gas news for a drilling contractors' association.


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