Lawsuit on Lake Conroe lowering continues; Katy ISD to return to standard operations and more top Houston-area news

A judge has dismissed the city of Houston from a lawsuit in which a Lake Conroe nonprofit sought to file a restraining order against the San Jacinto River Authority and the city. (Vanessa Holt/Community Impact Newspaper)
A judge has dismissed the city of Houston from a lawsuit in which a Lake Conroe nonprofit sought to file a restraining order against the San Jacinto River Authority and the city. (Vanessa Holt/Community Impact Newspaper)

A judge has dismissed the city of Houston from a lawsuit in which a Lake Conroe nonprofit sought to file a restraining order against the San Jacinto River Authority and the city. (Vanessa Holt/Community Impact Newspaper)

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Lake Houston-Humble-Kingwood

Court dismisses city of Houston from lawsuit that seeks to stop Lake Conroe lowering

A judge has dismissed the city of Houston from a lawsuit in which a Lake Conroe nonprofit sought to file a restraining order against the San Jacinto River Authority and the city. The city was dismissed from the lawsuit April 9, but all matters concerning the SJRA are still pending, according to court documents.

Montgomery County



Private property rights at heart of Montgomery County’s groundwater dispute

Private property rights are at the center of a debate waging over groundwater regulations in Montgomery County, and recent regulatory decisions have highlighted differences in opinion on how groundwater should be managed.

Fort Bend County

Fort Bend County transportation bond to fund ‘unique’ downtown Fulshear project

To improve mobility in downtown Fulshear for both cars and pedestrians, the city, along with Fort Bend County, is working to convert Wallis and Main streets into a one-way pair.

Tomball-Magnolia

Smitty's Meat Market & Smokehouse to relocate to larger space in Tomball

Smitty’s Meat Market and Smokehouse is planning to relocate to a new facility at 22621 Hufsmith-Kohrville Road, Tomball, from its existing Mahaffey Road site, according to Tomball Economic Development Corp. information. Owner Blake Smith said the relocation is anticipated by year’s end.

Katy

Katy ISD to return to standard operations in June

As of June 1, Katy ISD students and staff will no longer be requiring face masks or offering virtual school, Superintendent Ken Gregorski said in an email on April 16.

Kelly Schafler, Eva Vigh, Claire Shoop, Anna Lotz and Laura Aebi contributed to this report.



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