FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 16, 2019

Contact: Jessica Beemer (832) 393-3008

This Week: San Jacinto Regional Watershed Master Drainage Plan Open House
 
Houston, TX - Council Member Dave Martin would like to make Kingwood and Lake Houston area residents aware the  San Jacinto Regional Watershed Master Drainage Plan (SJMDP), led by the Harris County Flood Control District, along with other local partners Montgomery County, the City of Houston, and the San Jacinto River Authority (SJRA), will host a series of public open houses this week. The purpose of the public open houses is to encourage public participation and input in the SJMDP and provide information about other study efforts in the San Jacinto River Watershed.

The SJMDP study effort began in April 2019 to identify future flood mitigation projects that can be implemented in the near and long-term to reduce flood risks to people and property throughout the San Jacinto River regional watershed. The SJMDP is jointly funded with 75 percent from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Hazard Mitigation Planning Program and 25 percent from the four local partners. Overall, the SJMDP aims to provide an up to date technical basis to identify flooding vulnerabilities for existing infrastructure and impacts from future growth to improve flood resiliency within the watershed. The SJMDP is expected to be complete in fall 2020. The SJMDP study area covers nearly 3,000 square miles located in seven different counties and includes approximately 535 miles of stream.

Public input and participation will be encouraged throughout the duration of the study. The first series of public open houses for this study effort will be held on the following dates and locations in the Kingwood/Lake Houston area:

Tomorrow, Tuesday, December 17, 2019
3:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Kingwood Community Center
4102 Rustic Woods Drive
Kingwood, Texas 77345

Thursday, December 19, 2019
3:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
May Community Center
2100 Wolf Road
Huffman, Texas 77336

Materials, presentation, and format will be the same at all three meetings. Each open house will include information about the following projects, studies, and efforts in the region:
  • San Jacinto Regional Watershed Master Drainage Plan
  • Kingwood Area Drainage Analysis
  • Huffman Area Drainage Analysis
  • Spring Creek Watershed Planning Study
  • Luce Bayou Watershed Planning Study
  • Willow Creek Watershed Planning Study
  • Jackson Bayou Watershed Planning Study
  • Cedar Bayou Tributary Analysis
  • SJRA-led Projects
  • City of Houston-led Projects
  • Harris County Permit Office
  • Harris County Engineering Department - Recovery and Resiliency Division
  • Hurricane Harvey Repair Efforts
  • Information about services provided by Harris County Flood Control District, Harris County and Montgomery County
The open houses will last from 3:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Informational displays will be available for public viewing, and study representatives will provide information and answer questions. The open house format is intended to provide attendees with the opportunity to arrive and participate at their convenience. No formal presentation will be made.

Comments will be accepted at the public open houses and throughout the duration of the study. Comments may also be mailed to the Harris County Flood Control District, 9900 Northwest Freeway, Houston, Texas 77092, Attn: San Jacinto Regional Watershed Master Drainage Plan, or submitted online at  www.sanjacstudy.org/contact-us/.

For more information about the San Jacinto Regional Watershed Master Drainage Plan, visit  www.sanjacstudy.org.

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