Authority Contacts

WHO SHOULD I CONTACT TO VOICE MY CONCERN?…

Write/call one or more of the officials below. Tell them we can’t wait for problems to overwhelm us. We must act before things get out of hand.

SAN JACINTO RIVER AUTHORITY

Jace Houston, General Manager
P.O. Box 329
Conroe, Texas 77305
936-588-3111
936-588-1114 (fax)
Email:    Jhouston@sjra.net

Bret Raley, Lake Conroe Division Manager
P.O. Box 329
Conroe, Texas 77305
936-588-1111
936-588-1114 (fax)
Email:    braley@sjra.net

SJRA BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Lloyd B. Tisdale, President
Fred Koetting, Vice President
Gary Renola, Secretary
Ronnie Anderson, Treasurer
Jim Alexander, Assistant Secretary

You may contact any San Jacinto River Authority Board Member by addressing your comments or questions to their attention and forwarding your request to the Authority’s mailing address: P. O. Box 329, Conroe, Texas 77305.

TEXAS PARKS AND WILDLIFE OFFICIALS

Carter Smith – Executive Director (512-389-4802)
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
4200 Smith School Road
Austin, Texas 78744
512-389-4814 (fax)
Email: Carter.smith@tpwd.texas.gov

Craig Bonds – Director Inland Fisheries (512-389-4643)
4200 Smith School Road
Austin, Texas 78744
512-389-4394 (fax)
craig.bonds@tpwd.state.tx.us

Dave Terre – Management and Research Branch Chief, Inland Fisheries (512-389-4855)
4200 Smith School Road
Austin, Texas 78744
Email: dave.terre@tpwd.texas.gov

Spencer Dumont – Regional Director Inland Fisheries Division Region 2 (903-566-1615)
Email: spencer.dumont@tpwd.texas.gov

John Findeisen – Aquatic Invasive Species Biologist, Inland Fisheries (409-698-9121, ext. 236)
900 CR 218 Brookeland, Texas 75931
Email: John.findeisen@tpwd.texas.gov

Mark Webb – College Station – Houston District Supervisor (979-272-1430, ext. 225)
P. O. Box 427
Snook, Texas 77878
Email: mark.webb@tpwd.state.tx.us
Email: mark.webb@tpwd.state.tx.us

TEXAS PARKS AND WILDLIFE COMMISSION BOARD MEMBERS

Petr M. Holt, Chairman (210-648-8928)
3302 South W. W. White Road
San Antonio, Texas 78222
210-648-0078 (fax)

Joseph C. Fitzsimons (210-828-5600)
1920 Nacogdoches, Suite 203
San Antonio, Texas 78209
210-828-5091 (fax)

John D. Parker
1407 Woodland Drive
Lufkin, Texas 75904
936-632-4503 (fax)

Phillip Montgomery (972-455-4900)
P. O. Box Montgomery & Co.
5550 LBJ Freeway, Suite 380
Dallas, Texas 75240
972-490-4905 (fax)

J. Robert Brown (915-772-4246)
6949 Market Street
El Paso, Texas 79915
915-772-4246 (fax)

Mark E. Bivens (806-376-7279)
414 S. Polk Street
Amarillo, Texas 79101
806-373-3557 (fax)

Donato D. Ramos (956-722-9909)
P. O. Box 2009
Larado, Texas 78045-2009
956-727-5884 (fax)

F. Dan Friedkin, Jr. (713-580-3220)
109 N. Post Oak Lane
Houston, Texas 77024
713-580-5220 (fax)

Lee Marshall Bass (817-390-8400)
Chairman-Emeritus
201 Main
Fort Worth, Texas 76102
817-390-8408 (fax)

MONTGOMERY COUNTY OFFICIALS

County Judge Craig Doyal (936-539-7812)
501 North Thompson, Suite 401
Conroe, Texas 77301
936-760-6919 (fax)
Email: cojudge@mctx.org

County Commissioner Mike Meador (936-856-4851)
510 Highway 75 North
Willis, Texas 77378
936-539-7874 (fax)
Email: susan.bingham@mctx.org

STATE OF TEXAS OFFICIALS

Governor Greg Abbott (512-463-2000)
Office of the Governor
P. O. Box 12428
Austin, Texas 78711-2428
512-463-1849 (fax)
Web: www.gov.texas.gov/contact

Senator Robert Nichols (512-463-0103)
PO Box 12068
Capitol Station
Austin, TX 78711
Email: Robert.nichols@senate.texas.gov

Representative Will Metcalf (512-463-0726)
PO Box 2910
Austin, TX 78768
512-463-8428 (fax)
Email: will.metcalf@house.texas.gov

LONE STAR GROUNDWATER CONSERVATION DISTRICT

Kathy Turner Jones, General Manager (936-494-3436)
655 Conroe Park North Drive
Conroe, Texas 77303
936-494-3438 (fax)
Email: Lonstargcd.org/contact-us-1

Photo Gallery

Weeds Indentified on the Lake

These are weeds that have been identified by the San Jacinto River Authority as potentially spreading throughout the lake and your shoreline.

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HYDRILLA

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BUSHY POND WEED

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GIANT SALVINIA

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WATER HYACINTH

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ILLINOIS POND WEED

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Musk Grass

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Wild Celery

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Clearing Stumps From Lake Conroe

At the end of last year (12/13/11), local Fishing Organizations, The Lake Conroe Association, San Jacinto River Authority, Texas Parks and Wildlife, US Forestry Service, E-Z Boat Storage and the Palms Marina began working together in an effort to eliminate stump hazards located in the main parts of the lake (not creeks, tributaries, or dry lake beds). The approved area extended from the dam on the south to the southern point of Cape Malibu, being about 3 miles north of the FM 1097 bridge. The Lake Conroe Association, in conjunction with E-Z Boat Storage and Palms Marina began organizing and privately funding the stump removal part of the project at the beginning of the year. A GPS reading of the stump locations were taken in December while the lake was at it lowest level.

By the time the cutting began on 1/16/12, the lake had already risen 9″ to a 193.81 ft pool level. Local teams worked with the cutting contractors to locate and mark stumps for the contractors to cut. One member mentioned several times his worry that even a slight rise in water level might make some of the stumps unfindable. He praised the GPS program for directing the boats right over their targets. Fortunately, the weather held and the job was completed before anymore rains came. Four days later the lake rose to 194.2 ft , a level that would have made this project impossible to complete.

Encouraging for fishermen, about 95% of the cut-offs sank to the bottom in deep water, creating even better horizontal structure for fish habitat. Since these stumps are generally in the river and stream beds that fed the river, locating good fishing spots should prove easier than before.

FACTS ABOUT THIS PROJECT

  • Stumps were cut a minimum of 8 feet below the lake level.
  • Approximately 400 stumps were cleared.

Related Articles:

SJRA Weekly Lake Conroe Report: http://www.slideshare.net/sanjacriver/the-lake-report-012412

Lake Conroe Advisory Meeting: http://www.lakeconroe.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/LC-Advisory-Mtg-12.13.11.pdf

Dock Line Magazine: http://sjra.net/lakeconroe/stump-removal/TPW%20Stump%20removal%20article.pdf

SJRA Report: http://sjra.net/lakeconroe/stump-removal/index.html

Conservation method of choice for 19 Lone Star GRPs

Posted: Thursday, June 16, 2011 12:00 am

Conservation method of choice for 19 Lone Star GRPs

By Howard Roden Houston Community Newspapers

Of the 19 plans approved by the Lone Star Groundwater Conservation District Tuesday, a dozen groups chose conservation as their primary strategy for attaining the mandated 30 percent reduction in groundwater usage.

While the majority of those Groundwater Reduction Plans were presented either by golf courses or homeowners associations, LSGCD board members were pleased the GRP sponsors embraced any method to reach the district’s Jan. 1, 2016, deadline.

“Our goal at the groundwater district was to see a reduction in the over-pumpage of the aquifers within Montgomery County,” Richard Tramm, LSGCD president, said.

He admitted being “pleasantly surprised” at the number of GRP sponsors relying on conservation.

“It showed a number of permittees were committed to what worked best for them,” Tramm said.

But there were other GRPs and Joint GRPs that followed a different route to acceptance.

Most notably is the San Jacinto River Authority’s Joint GRP that includes 141 large-volume groundwater users. The SJRA’s plan features development of a surface-water treatment plant on Lake Conroe and a pipeline system that will distribute that water to the city of Conroe, The Woodlands and high-growth areas along the Interstate 45 corridor.

A number of water systems in Montgomery County have pursued alternative water services. Municipal Utility Districts 8 and 9 entered into a two-faceted Joint GRP in which their contract allows them to draw surface water from Lake Conroe through a contract with the city of Huntsville.

A bed and banks permit from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality is pending.

The MUDs’ other proposed water source is that from the Catahoula formation. Roy McCoy Jr., president of MUD 8, announced after the LSGCD board meeting that the two Walden MUDs will drill a test well in the Catahoula in the “very near future.”

“We think we will prevail on the bed and banks permit, and we’re going to do both,” he said. “We’re not worried about it. We can prevail on one or the other, but we think we’ll be successful with both.”

McCoy said all wells drilled so far in “our particular area” have contained less than the total dissolved solids required by the state. The temperature of test wells are around 105 degrees.

“Most likely, the temperature will have to be treated in some manner,” he said.

Commenting that the Catahoula aquifer is an “unproven source” of groundwater, SJRA General Manager Reed Eichelberger — an LSGCD board member — questioned whether the conservation district was “comfortable” enough to yield the necessary power to those whose alternative projects do not prevail.

LSGCD attorney Jason Hill said the GRP resolutions approved Tuesday become regulatory documents.

“Certification became the goal,” he told the board.

Eichelberger said the LSGCD viewed the SJRA as the “safe harbor” GRP, and its duty is to accept other entities that struggled.

“We’re willing to do that if they pay the pumpage fees and other financial responsibilities,” he said.

LCA PRESIDENT’S UPDATE

We’re hoping our LCA Members are enjoying 2011 and dealing with the multitude of extreme weather conditions being thrown at us by Mother Nature.  We’ve seen repeated record temperatures throughout June and an extended drought that has browned our grasses, damaged our trees and dropped our lake level more than three (3) feet.  Would you like some good news from your friends at the Lake Conroe Association?

 First, invasive weeds such as Hydrilla, Giant Salvinia and Water Hyacinth are well under control on Lake Conroe.  The primary activity of the LCA since its inception in 1977 has been the review of invasive weeds on Lake Conroe and organizing funding raising activities to raise private money for the control of those invasive weeds.  Thanks to the generosity of our donors, monies contributed by the San Jacinto River Authority (SJRA), and time invested by a combination of the LCA, SJRA and the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department, we find our reservoir to be virtually invasive weed-free at this time.  This certainly beats a 2008 which saw infestations of Hydrilla at 2,052 surface acres, Giant Salvinia of 628 surface acres and Water Hyacinth of 68 surface acres.  To fund this effective reduction of invasive weeds, our donors contributed in excess of $600,000 and SJRA “matched” this $600,000 in donations.  The primary use of these funds was the purchase of 123,765 White Amur Grass Carp to combat the explosive growth of Hydrilla.  It is estimated that 32,000 White Amur Grass Carp remain alive in Lake Conroe today.

Second, the study being conducted by Texas A&M University to review the economic and social impact of reducing lake levels on Lake Conroe is more than 50% complete at this time and should be completed by the end of 2011.  An important survey measuring Montgomery County resident opinions on reducing lake levels will be mailed out within the next month to 1 out of every 10 households within a 4 mile radius of Lake Conroe.  Should you receive this survey, please do your best to complete and return the survey on a timely basis as your opinion counts!  Our LCA donors contributed $66,000 towards the total study cost of $142,000.  The LCA believes the study will support our opinion that lowering lake levels (due to the ever-increasing water use in Montgomery County) will negatively affect our local economy and property values, and that alternative water sources for our County should be explored immediately.

Third, we’re NOT asking you for money this year!  We are all aware of how a slowing economy, budget shortfalls and increasing unemployment have hurt so many families and friends.  In light of how important a dollar is to everyone, the LCA Board of Directors has elected to pass on soliciting funds through our Annual LCA Membership Campaign and decided to extend 2011 LCA Membership to all 2010 donors.  We believe our current balance (checking account plus certificates of deposit) is sufficient to meet our financial needs for the upcoming year and see no need to request money from you at this time.   Of course, should an unforeseen emergency occur in 2011 in our community which falls under the objectives of the LCA, we would initiate a fund raiser specific to that cause.  We anticipate renewing our Annual LCA Membership Campaign again in 2012.   For any newcomers interested in joining the LCA or for current LCA Members preferring to make a tax-deductible donation in 2011, donations to our Section 501(c) (3) non-profit organization can be mailed to:  Lake Conroe Association, P.O. Box 376, Willis, Texas  77378.  By our mission statement, the LCA “acts as a civic organization for the purpose of over-seeing, directing, initiating and promulgating programs that directly affect the control, use, and enjoyment of Lake Conroe for the benefit of Montgomery County, Texas.”

With a current lake level of 197.71 feet (over 3 feet below average pool elevation 201.0) and 2011 rainfall totals of only 6 inches (compared to an average 24 inches of rain by this date), we all look forward to some extended rain showers to replenish our reservoir, feed our grasses, plants and trees, and drop our temperatures.  We can all hope, can’t we?  We wish you and your families an enjoyable and prosperous summer of 2011.

Mike Bleier, President

Lake Conroe Association