Humble City Council approves resolution supporting Lake Conroe seasonal lowering

Humble City Council approved a resolution supporting Lake Conroe being seasonally lowering on a temporary basis. (Kelly Schafler/Community Impact Newspaper)
Humble City Council approved a resolution supporting Lake Conroe being seasonally lowering on a temporary basis. (Kelly Schafler/Community Impact Newspaper)

Humble City Council approved a resolution supporting Lake Conroe being seasonally lowering on a temporary basis. (Kelly Schafler/Community Impact Newspaper)

Humble City Council unanimously approved a resolution at its Jan. 23 meeting that supports the San Jacinto River Authority continuing to lower Lake Conroe seasonally, a measure intended to lessen flooding in communities, such as the city of Humble, that are downstream of the dam.

The temporary strategy, which began in 2018 as a response to Hurricane Harvey, annually lowers Lake Conroe 1 foot in April and May and 2 feet in August and September. Lake Conroe residents have argued the lowering makes accessing the lake difficult and reduces lakefront property values. Lake Houston residents have asked for the initiative to continue until the Lake Houston dam gates are completed in August 2022.

Humble Mayor Merle Aaron said Humble residents should attend the SJRA vote on Feb. 20 to show support for the lake lowering strategy.

"Our city actually drains very good, our infrastructure is just as good as we can get it," he said. "The problem is, when the river back-floods into our city, we have no control—we can't stop it. So [the resolution] is one way we can have our say."

During Harvey, floodwater from the West Fork of the San Jacinto River flooded nearly 400 homes and more than 60 businesses in the city of Humble, Aaron said. He said Humble businesses will not be able to recover if another flood event like Harvey happens again.


"If we don't get major rain—if we don't get storms—then we won't have any problems," Aaron said. "But if we do, these businesses can't reopen. If they ever flood again, they're probably not going to reopen. There's just no way that they can."

Council Member Charles Cunningham agreed with Aaron and said he attended the SJRA's special meeting on Jan. 21 at which Lake Conroe and Lake Houston residents approached the board of directors with their varying opinions on the lake strategy. SJRA staff also gave a presentation on the benefits and risk of the strategy.

"I just want to say that [the SJRA's presentation] was a good presentation," Cunningham said. "I just don't know if the folks on Conroe were listening to the presentation."

The SJRA board will vote on the issue at its Feb. 20 special board meeting, which is set to be at the Lone Star Convention and Expo Center at 9055 Airport Road, Conroe. Click here to read more coverage about the issue.

Other agenda items:

  • City Council unanimously approved City Manager Jason Stuebe's employment contract. Stuebe took the city manager position in January 2017, and his contract must be reapproved every two years by council.

  • City Council unanimously approved street closures along Main Street for Humble's upcoming Good Oil Days on April 2-4. The annual celebration includes a sip and stroll April 2, a street dance April 3 and a festival April 4. Main Street will be closed between roughly Avenue A and Avenue E from 5-9 p.m. April 2; between Avenue B and Avenue C from 3 p.m. April 3 to the end of the festival April 4; and between Avenue A and Avenue E from 5 a.m.-6 p.m. April 4, according to the board agenda packet.

By Kelly Schafler

Editor, Lake Houston | Humble | Kingwood

Kelly Schafler is the editor for the Lake Houston, Humble and Kingwood edition of Community Impact Newspaper, covering public education, city government, development, businesses, local events and all things community-related. Before she became editor, she was the reporter for the Conroe and Montgomery edition for a year and a half.



MOST RECENT

Texas Commissioner of Education Mike Morath announced in a June 30 State Board of Education meeting that students will be taking the STAAR in the 2020-21 school year. (Courtesy Pixabay)
Education organizations call for STAAR requirements to be waived another year

Gov. Greg Abbott waived the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness, or STAAR, testing requirements in March of earlier this year in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

With a clinical background in internal, pulmonary and critical care medicine, Corry has been with BCM for 20 years. He now focuses primarily on inflammatory lung diseases, such as asthma and smoking-related chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases. (Graphic by Ronald Winters/Community Impact Newspaper)
Q&A: Baylor College of Medicine's Dr. David Corry discusses immunity, vaccine production amid COVID-19 pandemic

Rapid development and distribution of a vaccine worldwide and successful achievement of herd immunity will be key players in determining the lifespan of the COVID-19 pandemic, said Dr. David Corry, a professor of Medicine in the Immunology, Allergy and Rheumatology Section at Baylor College of Medicine.

The county's active case count rose July 10 after three straight days of declines. (Community Impact staff)
Montgomery County adds 40 active COVID-19 cases, reaches 3,000 cumulative cases July 10

Five new hospitalizations and 87 new recoveries were also reported July 10.

The new partnership will provide on-site, same-day testing and results for assisted-living facility staff and their residents. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
State announces partnership for increased COVID-19 testing for patients, staff at assisted-living facilities, nursing homes

These test sites will help the state work toward the goal of processing up to 100,000 tests in the first month.

Texas Medical Center reports only 4% uptick in ICU bed use despite continued COVID-19 case increases

Compared to 1,350 total intensive care units in use June 30, Texas Medical Center has seen only a slight uptick in occupancies since then, with 1,394 reported July 9.

When interest rates are low, homeowners may look to save money by refinancing, which means getting a new mortgage with a better term or interest rate to lower payments. (Source: Matt Frankel/Community Impact Newspaper)
Refinancing a home, police departments address protests: Popular news this week from Greater Houston

Read popular stories from the Greater Houston area on Community Impact Newspaper’s website.

Lone Star College had almost 3,000 foreign students attend in the spring semester this year. (Andrew Christman/Community Impact Newspaper)
Immigration and Customs Enforcement rules could affect thousands of Lone Star College students

Lone Star College is currently unsure how a recent ICE rule will be affected its foreign student population.

Coronavirus cases continue to rise in Harris County. (Community Impact Staff)
Harris County coronavirus count: 907 cases, 12 deaths confirmed July 9

The 12 deaths—the largest single day total in Harris County since the pandemic began—brings the total COVID-19 death count in the county to 423.

The city of Humble's May sales tax revenue took an 8% hit year over year amid the coronavirus pandemic. (Kelly Schafler/Community Impact Newspaper)
May sales tax data shows city of Humble closing gap from coronavirus

The city of Humble's sales tax revenue is slowly rebounding from the early months of the coronavirus pandemic.

Firefighters, police officers, solid waste collectors and bus drivers in Houston have all been affected by coronavirus exposure. (Courtesy Pexel)
From solid waste collectors to firefighters, Houston’s public workers facing strain from coronavirus exposures

Houston’s core city services are being strained by coronavirus exposures, city leaders report.

The Texas Republican State Convention was set to be held July 16-18 at the George R. Brown Convention Center. (Courtesy Visit Houston)
Two new lawsuits aim to reverse GOP convention cancellation

The lawsuits come the day after the contract for hosting the event was terminated.