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Lake Conroe Seasonal Lowering, Renewed #13446827 02/21/20 05:56 PM
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Full pool is 201'

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The San Jacinto River Authority voted 5-1 at a special meeting Feb. 20 to continue temporarily lowering Lake Conroe until December 2022, with some modifications.

After listening to four hours of public comment—with Lake Houston/Kingwood residents urging a continuation of lowering, and Lake Conroe residents asking for an end to it—board members then debated for nearly an hour, changing their proposal multiple times. The board ultimately voted to change the fall lowering while keeping the spring lowering the same.

Fall lowering would begin Aug. 1, lowering the lake to 200 ft. Beginning Sept. 1, it would be further lowered to 199.5 ft.—instead of 199 ft. as has been in effect.

“That way, it doesn’t impact people on the lake so much,” SJRA President Lloyd Tisdale said.

If a storm enters the region, the city of Houston may initiate an additional prerelease to 199 ft. by notifying the SJRA in writing of their call for prerelease.

In the spring, the lake will be lowered 200 ft. above mean sea level beginning April 1 through May 31, with recapture beginning June 1.

The program is to continue until December 2022.

The seasonal lowering of Lake Conroe is intended to act as a preventative measure, preventing downstream flooding by increasing the capacity of Lake Conroe to capture water during massive rainfall events, according to the SJRA. However, Lake Conroe residents said lower lake levels negatively impact their businesses, property values, livelihood and safety as exposed sandbanks can be dangerous on boats.

Over 1,000 residents attended the special meeting, including elected officials.

“I think we all know now that there will be delays, or project extensions, or other excuses, to continue to renew the seasonal lake lowering policy for Lake Conroe,” said state Representative Will Metcalf.

Houston Mayor Pro Tem Dave Martin emphasized the policy will only continue until modifications to Lake Houston can be completed, such as the construction of new flood gates that will allow the release of water at a faster rate.

“Once we get our construction projects completed, all of this will go away,” Martin said. “We already have done the procurement process to construct flood gates on Lake Houston--the gates, from design to construction, should be completed by 2023.”


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Re: Lake Conroe Seasonal Lowering, Renewed [Re: Monty Wright] #13446862 02/21/20 06:21 PM
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Looks like it is what it is so for me that means just go fish!

It is tough for residence and lake front property. A lot of the canals that were dug out in the backs of creeks to offer lake front property are pretty difficult to get around in.

Re: Lake Conroe Seasonal Lowering, Renewed [Re: Monty Wright] #13446920 02/21/20 07:29 PM
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How long have they been doing this for?


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Re: Lake Conroe Seasonal Lowering, Renewed [Re: Medinalakeguy] #13446931 02/21/20 07:46 PM
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Originally Posted by Medinalakeguy
How long have they been doing this for?


I believe it started in 2018, after Harvey.


Re: Lake Conroe Seasonal Lowering, Renewed [Re: Monty Wright] #13447129 02/21/20 10:37 PM
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Lots of homes flooded downstream during Harvey. Then again a few months ago. Simple flood mitigation. Before the watershed experiences another flooding event. Sucks for the homeowners around Conroe.


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Re: Lake Conroe Seasonal Lowering, Renewed [Re: Monty Wright] #13447187 02/21/20 11:21 PM
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They are the same homeowners that got the hydrilla eliminated. I don't feel sorry for them. Ruined a good lake.

Re: Lake Conroe Seasonal Lowering, Renewed [Re: Alan] #13447255 02/22/20 12:36 AM
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Originally Posted by Alan
They are the same homeowners that got the hydrilla eliminated. I don't feel sorry for them. Ruined a good lake.


I agree...


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Re: Lake Conroe Seasonal Lowering, Renewed [Re: Alan] #13447384 02/22/20 03:04 AM
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Originally Posted by Alan
They are the same homeowners that got the hydrilla eliminated. I don't feel sorry for them. Ruined a good lake.



Hate to say it because a lot of the homeowners responsible for killing off the hydrilla have mostly probably moved or died, but yea, me too.


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Re: Lake Conroe Seasonal Lowering, Renewed [Re: Monty Wright] #13447387 02/22/20 03:07 AM
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They can do all they want but as Houston grows and there is more concrete, asphalt and less soil to absorb some of the water it will continue to flood. If you take to much from mother nature she will sooner or later reclaim her on.

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Originally Posted by D1988
They can do all they want but as Houston grows and there is more concrete, asphalt and less soil to absorb some of the water it will continue to flood. If you take to much from mother nature she will sooner or later reclaim her on.


Exactly

Re: Lake Conroe Seasonal Lowering, Renewed [Re: Neal G] #13448212 02/23/20 01:50 AM
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They can do all they want but as Houston grows and there is more concrete, asphalt and less soil to absorb some of the water it will continue to flood. If you take to much from mother nature she will sooner or later reclaim her on.


Exactly

All the king wood people are making sjra out to be heroes after tropical storm emelda claiming that the lowering of Conroe saved them from flooding but it only rained enough to bring the lake up .2 feet and no water would have been released anyway

Re: Lake Conroe Seasonal Lowering, Renewed [Re: Monty Wright] #13448299 02/23/20 04:09 AM
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Dredge the San Jacinto and Lake Houston and you'll solve some of the problems. The other problem is the guys developing subdivisions
around Kingwood now bringing in extra dirt to build up where they are building and rerouting the normal flow of rain water and that is causing flooding in areas
that didn't flood in the hurricane

Re: Lake Conroe Seasonal Lowering, Renewed [Re: Monty Wright] #13448455 02/23/20 02:19 PM
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Not good for docking the boat. It’s about 2 ft low.


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Re: Lake Conroe Seasonal Lowering, Renewed [Re: Monty Wright] #13448570 02/23/20 04:13 PM
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They are only lowering it 1 foot to start, the dropping it another .5 feet. Right now its lower than that at -1.63.

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I attended the last meeting in Conroe. I knew within the first fifteen minutes how the vote would go when one speaker stated "the City of Houston owns 2/3's of the water in Lake Conroe and can do with it as they see fit". Well, when he said that, I got up and left. The details were unimportant to me once I knew how the deck was stacked.

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