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Montgomery County Residents Push Back Against Lowering of Lake Conroe

The San Jacinto River Authority and the City of Houston are temporarily reducing the level of water in Lake Conroe, as part of a project to reduce flood risks on the river.


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This file photo shows Lake Conroe. A temporary flood mitigation plan for it, as well as for Lake Houston, will be in place until the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers finishes a dredging project on the lower West Fork of the San Jacinto River.

Some Montgomery County residents are furious about a plan to lower water levels on Lake Conroe. Starting this week, the San Jacinto River Authority has begun temporarily lowering the water in lake as part of a project to reduce flood risks on the river.

Mike Bleier is president of the Lake Conroe Association, an environmental nonprofit made up of local property owners. Bleier wasn't happy with the plan to start with. Then he saw the announcement by Houston's city government that the project would take up three years to finish.

"It's not what the San Jacinto River Authority voted for," Bleier says. "They voted for a reduction of 1 foot in the spring and 2 foot in the fall in order to facilitate the dredging and completing that contract on the West Fork of the San Jacinto River. Well, they've got a contract completion date set of May 3, 2019."

Lake Conroe is an artificial lake, built to supply the region with fresh water. Bleier says that water needs to be preserved as a hedge against drought, instead of being flushed into the Gulf of Mexico.


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Andrew Schneider

Andrew Schneider

Politics and Government Reporter

Andrew Schneider is the senior reporter for politics and government at Houston Public Media, NPR's affiliate station in Houston, Texas. In this capacity, he heads the station's coverage of national, state, and local elections. He also reports on major policy issues before the Texas Legislature and county and city governments...

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