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Congressional Support Achieved for Additional Dredging

11/5/2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

November 4, 2019

Contact: Jessica Beemer (832) 393-3008

[email protected]

Congressional Support Achieved for Additional Dredging

Houston, TX - Council Member
Dave Martin would like to make District E residents aware that he has achieved
support for additional dredging on the Lake Houston mouth-bar in the form of a signed letter from Congressman Dan Crenshaw, Congressman Kevin
Brady, Senator Ted Cruz, and Senator John Cornyn
to the Acting Director of
the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA). This is a rare
accomplishment for the City of Houston to have all interested parties of a
project at the local and state level signed on in agreement working together to
make sure those at the highest level know that this project is not just
necessary but required for our community.


Council Member Martin has worked
hard over the last year and several months taking multiple trips to Austin and
Washington, D.C. in order to solidify support at the state and federal level.
Council Member Martin is happy to fight for the residents of District E and is
glad to have this signed letter as proof of our hard work supporting the
additional dredging. Council Member Martin has worked tirelessly to gain the
support for this project from Mayor Sylvester Turner, Governor Greg Abbott, Congressman
Dan Crenshaw, Congressman Kevin Brady, Senator Ted Cruz, and Senator John
Cornyn.


As many in the Kingwood community
are aware the first mission assignment modification to address partial removal
of the mouth-bar concluded earlier this year. The mission assignment
modification provided the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE)
authorization, acting at the direction of FEMA, to remove an additional 497,400
cubic yards of debris from the confluence of the San Jacinto River and Lake
Houston, known locally as the "mouth-bar". Council Member Martin has
never accepted the amount of debris included in the mission
modification and continues to fight that number today. Council Member
Martin made the community aware of our plea to federal officials early September 2019.

Overall the dredging efforts in the
San Jacinto River have removed roughly 2 million cubic yards of debris from the
river alone, which has been tremendous to return the flow and depth in the
river. The 500,000 cubic yards removed from the mouth-bar, while helpful, does
not achieve the goal of Council Member Martin to further reduce the
effects of potential future flooding while protecting lives and property of
those living in Kingwood and the Lake Houston area. Council Member Martin wants
to achieve complete removal of the mouth-bar and will not stop fighting until
that is achieved.


An update was provided to thecommunity by Chief Recover Officer Costello at the Kingwood Town Hall
Meeting on October 17, in his presentation that covered Recovery and Flood
Mitigation Strategies. Thanks to this congressional letter of support
delivered to FEMA on October 24 the City of Houston is in the final steps for
solidifying an additional mission modification, which we hope to hear about
soon.


Please contact the District EOffice with any questions by emailing [email protected].




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