Greetings to all of our Water User Coalition (WUC) members. We want to share with you some very important information concerning Harris County, see link below. For some time now the WUC has been aware that Harris County is seeking to “Cost Share” and/or “Partnership” with the MUDs to upgrade roads and drainage. Furthermore, those MUDs that have Strategic Partnership Agreements, (SPA) should be concerned, see items #9 and #15 in the article linked below. The WUC will be scheduling a general meeting on this topic in the near future.
15 ways Harris County Judge Ed Emmett wants to mitigate flooding
Below is an example of a newsletter sent out by Harris County FWSD 61 to help inform and educate their constituents on drainage issues in Harris County, within their District.
Hurricane Harvey in 2017 led to serious flooding within Harris and the surrounding counties
Many residents are very concerned with the recent flooding that has occurred in our general area over the past several years and have some questions about this problem. Unfortunately, Harris County representatives are actively attempting to shift drainage responsibility over to the MUD Districts, seeking a cost sharing agreement that will lead to double taxation. This has happened on several occasions regarding existing drainage facilities that are in need of maintenance. The County and/or the Harris County Flood Control District (as administered by the County) is responsible for, among other things, the control, regulation, and distribution of the storm and flood waters within its jurisdiction. The Drainage Facilities are within the County’s jurisdiction. Several governmental entities have responsibility for different infrastructures. Harris County Precinct 3, www.pct3.com , (281)-463-6300 maintains and owns the roads, storm sewers and drainage ditches. Harris County Flood Control, www.hcfcd.org, (713) 684-4000 is a department of Harris County and maintains some detention ponds and all major drainage bayous and creeks. Harris County Fresh Water Supply District 61, www.harriscountyfwsd61.org , (281) 469-9405 maintains and owns the water and sanitary sewer systems along with some detention ponds. Questions pertaining to flooding issues should be directed to Harris County Precinct 3 and Harris County Flood Control. Harris County FWSD 61 from time to time works with these other agencies to help solve problems that involve the District facilities, such as relocation of a conflicting water or sewer line and detention ponds owned by Harris County FWSD 61. The District desires nothing more than to work harmoniously with the County and Flood Control in furtherance of the entities separate and distinct responsibilities. It is the District’s sincere hope that this goal can and will be achieved.
Jerry F. Homan