One Year After Harvey

After experiencing the major rain event of Hurricane Harvey last year (categorized between an 800 – 1,000 year event), the Board of Directors has been reviewing several possible projects that would result in better drainage of internal water detention. They range from improvements solely within First Colony LID to partnering with the County and other Districts on projects that would benefit several Districts and municipalities in the overall levee system. In every case, the Board will be leveraging FCLID members’ tax dollars to their best use ensuring FCLID continues to be a safe and dry District.

Currently a survey is underway for an additional detention lake by the south outfall structure. Progress and updates can be reviewed in the meeting minutes, posted on the website.

Where Does Stormwater Go?

Did you know that the stormwater currently receives no treatment?

Water that flows into your storm water drainage system goes directly into our creeks, bayous, rivers, and bays. Because standards of water quality affect every resident in your District, remembering “only rain down the drain” and adhering to this approach will help improve the water quality of our streams, rivers and lakes.

Non-allowable discharges, such as out waste, grass clippings, tree trimmings, oils and grease are a violation of a state-issued stormwater permit. Making an illegal discharge into the storm sewer may be punishable by fines and/or water service termination, per your District’s rate order.

Remember, whatever is put down the storm drain is untreated and flows into the Waters of the USA!

If you see any spills or illegal dumping into the storm drains, your District Operator, or Storm Water Solutions should be contacted as soon as possible. Call the Storm Water Solutions 24-hour phone number at 713.935.1044, or you can use cleanbayous.org to file a report.

To find additional information about stormwater quality, please visit www.cleanbayous.org.