Gov. Greg Abbott appoints three new people to the SJRA Board of Directors

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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott appointed two Kingwood residents and one person from Montgomery to vacant positions on the San Jacinto River Authority’s Board of Directors on Feb. 5.

Montgomery resident Charles ‘Ed’ Boulware of Montgomery was appointed to the board. He retired in 2014 after 38 years working at Shell Oil Company.

Kingwood resident Kaaren Cambio is the recently retired as president of Caymus Resources. Cambio is a former president and current member of the Kings Trails Chapter of the National Charity League and a member of the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo’s Scholarship & Tours Committees.

Kingwood resident Mark Mitcheletti serves as the executive director for Berkeley Eye Center, a Texas-based eye clinic. Mitcheletti is also a Certified Public Accountant and serves as as chairman of the Lake Houston Economic Development Council.

Mitcheletti and Boulware will serve terms that expire on Oct. 16, 2023, while Cambio’s term will conclude on Oct. 16, 2019. SJRA General Manager Jace Houston said the candidates will begin their term as soon as they are sworn in.

The appointment comes on the heels of the Plea For 3 campaign following Hurricane Harvey. More than 16,000 homes and 44 percent of businesses were damaged during the storm this fall, said Jenna Armstrong, CEO of the Lake Houston Area Chamber of Commerce. The campaign calls for remediation, reduction and representation on the SJRA board after the devastating flooding during Hurricane Harvey, Armstrong said.

Houston said he is excited to work with the new board members.

“Governor Abbot has always sent us qualified appointees,” Houston said. “We look forward to getting to know them and bringing them up to speed on our activities and getting them oriented into their new positions as quickly as possible.” 

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  1. Mary Wheatley

    Dear Mr. Shelton,
    Has there been any discussion of a scientific study on water flow rates or timing of water releases? I understand this is a well-researched area for many electric power companies and even oil producers.
    Has there been any discussion of an Environmental Impact Statement? I have read that The Woodlands changed some building plans because of a Bald Eagle pair. Lake Conroe has at least one mated pair of Bald Eagles. The Park Service probably keeps records of their other indigenous species of wildlife at the North End of the Lake.
    I hope you have the time to research these questions as the new SJRA Board goes forward.
    Thank you for your time.

  2. Dr. Carl Hogue

    Dear Mr. Shelton,
    As a new resident to this area, and homeowner in the Seven Coves neighborhood, I find it odd, but not surprising that there is an overreaction to the lack of preparation for the eventuality of an extraordinary event, such as befell us this rainy season. There is always some short-sightedness in the reaction to an event like that. I would rather see a reorganization of the governing body of those responsible for the preparation for such an occurrence, than a drastic measure in a rush to an action, that would change the landscape and function of what has been an acceptable lake industry and water use so far. Not only would it change the landscape of those residents who have purchased property here for that reason but would cause undue expense to the lakeside community collectively. Pre-preparation by those in charge of lake levels in the event of an unusual event like that which befell us, would in my estimation, be a much better and logical choice; both aesthetically and financially. So, in hiring the right people, and those qualified to do that job, would be a better choice, not a rush to prevent what could have been avoided. That is my opinion on the subject.
    Dr. Carl Hogue D.Th

    • Don Shankleton

      Agree with statements above. Appears we are getting knee jerk reactions to lowering Lake Conroe from 201 ft. The development of Montgomery County has revolved around Lake Conroe. The area development and property tax base is intertwined with this Lake at the level of 201 ft. Also many businesses and local employment are depedent at these present lake levels. Seems to many of us that SJRA needs to update operating procedures and stop relying on procedures that do not mirror the 100 and 500 year rainfalls. When the weather service states 25-30 inches of rain and weather radar indicates that such an event appears to be real then a steady pre release several days upfront may help in avoiding a deluge release from the dam. Folks need to remember that this Lake is not a flood control lake but yet water has been held back or operated as such until the Lake is several feet over the bulk heads (201 ft) destroying property and entering homes around the Lake as well. Further additional dams both upstream and downstream needs to finally get developed so water flow can be regulated.
      Developers have contributed to these flooding events and home building land regulations must be improved!! Additional Lake dredging to remove sand/silt to increase Lake Houston, SJ River and Lake Conroe depth levels should take place/ Holding pounds, huge water tanks may also be something we should evaluate before anyone even attempts to reduce area lake levels. Realize that this is not an easy answer as there are many factors that need to be addressed resulting in any IMPROVEMENT in any area that was impacted by 100-500 ft rainfall events.

  3. I would hope that the committee to look into flood prevention and lake elevations would also include people who reside around Lake Conroe!! And not just from Kingwood and further south on the river. I think more research needs to be conducted before anyone starts lowering lakes and doing more harm to the tax payers than they already did by mismanaging the lake situations during Harvey.

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