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Action Requested: Campaign to Lower Lake Conroe

1/13/2020

Dear District E Residents,

I
am calling on you, once again, to help us protect the Lake Houston Area from
future flooding. We are launching a “Lives Over Levels” email campaignto the San Jacinto River Authority (SJRA) Board of Directors requesting their
approval of temporary, seasonal lowering of Lake Conroe in 2020. The SJRA Board
meets on January 21 to hear comments and again on February 20 to call the vote.

As
you may recall, our area fought hard to initiate a seasonal lake lowering
program during the wettest months of our year and in the height of hurricane
season. The lake lowering program calls for Lake Conroe to be lowered 1 ft.
below Lake Conroe’s normal pool elevation during the months of April and May
and by 2 ft. below normal pool elevation in the months of August and September.
The seasonal lowering program must be approved by the SJRA Board each February.

An
organized group of homeowners on Lake Conroe has recently launched a campaign
to the SJRA Board and a petition to Governor Abbott to stop the temporary and
seasonal lowering program. They contend the temporary, seasonal lake lowering
program impedes lakefront residents’ ability to get their boats from their
slips during months with lower lake levels. They also claim that the lake
lowering program has no scientific basis of flood protection and is thus merely
offers a “placebo effect” for Lake Houstonians.

However,
as residents and business professionals in Lake Houston, we know the benefits
the seasonal and temporary lowering of Lake Conroe has had on our area and we also
have data which proves seasonal lowering mitigated flooding.

HERE IS HOW YOU CAN HELP:

SENDan email to the SJRA Board Members through our RecoverLakeHouston.com site.

SHARE the RecoverLakeHouston.com site with your
employees, co-workers, friends, neighbors, and customers so they can also
participate in the campaign. Forward this email and engage their participation.

SPREAD the campaign on social
media using #LivesOverLevels #SJRA #RecoverLakeHouston. To make it easy, simply
share posts from our Lake Houston Area Chamber social media pages.

SJRAOn Twitter: @SJRA_1937

SJRAOn Facebook: @SanJacintoRiverAuthority

SJRAon Instagram: @sanjacintoriverauthoritysjra

SHOWUP to theSJRA Board Meetings at 6:00 pm on Tuesday, January 21 and Thursday*, February 20 at the Lone Star
Convention and Expo Center located at 9055 Airport Road, Conroe, Texas 77303.
The opposition group in Lake Conroe will have several hundred people attend.

The
future of the Lake Houston Area depends largely on our community rallying
together, fighting for action to prevent flooding. I have sent
myletter of support for this effort to the SJRA Board and ask that you do the same.Please join me in support of this campaign.

Sincerely,


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