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3 parts of effective water resource management

  1. We are NOT elected officials. Nor do we seek to act as if we are.
  2. Our mission is to bring fact development, analysis and education on findings (including status and gaps) to the community and to the public arena.
  3. We are therefore committed to the continuous research and discernment necessary for a valid understanding of the complex elements that comprise water resource management and other critical factors that impact regional economic development (including: annexation, taxes, education, transportation).

Transformational Growth for Montgomery County and its Greater Lake Conroe Region

Click Here for Map of Montgomery County, TX

Even prior to the onset of Exxon Mobil’s new 485 acre campus project (10,000 white collar workers begin moving in later in 2014; Click Here for Aerial View), forecasts for population growth and water demand were dramatic:

motgomery county population growthmotgomery county population growth

Source of population figures: extrapolation of growth rates from 1980-2010. Source of water demand figures: 2010 per capita consumption applied to population growth estimate. Source of water availability figures: published data from LSGCD and SJRA.

Updating these projections for the now anticipated series of such projects (yet to be reported by planners) produces transformational scale growth and unprecedented water demand. Newly released data show that Montgomery County is now growing at more than 20,000 persons per year, a rate greater than that assumed in the chart above. See “Recent News: April 3, 2014.”

With the Woodlands approaching population saturation, many in this new workforce will settle in the Greater Lake Conroe Region. Water resource management is a critical lynchpin in the equation for coping with and achieving effective economic development on such an unprecedented scale.

LCCN began focusing on economic development issues 7 years ago, including water. It has stepped up its effort in the face of recent evidence of increased challenges to successful economic development, notably the rising complexities of viable water resource management in the face of recent drought conditions that have magnified falling and fluctuating Lake Conroe water levels – reaching 8 feet at the end of 2011.

2011 drought in lake conroe and refueling station

History

The Lake Conroe Communities Network (LCCN) was established in 2007 as a 501.c.4 non-profit organization by a group of concerned citizens and the leaders of several of the largest POA/HOA’s on Lake Conroe. Under the IRS tax code, 501.c.4 organizations are “operated exclusively for the promotion of social welfare [and they are] primarily engaged in promoting in some way the common good and general welfare of the people of the community.” LCCN has been actively serving since 2007 as the community’s voice in critical economic development affairs ranging from water to transportation to taxes and from best management practices in POA’s to annexation and education.

2014 Strategic Plan

During the fall of 2013, LCCN developed a plan – the 2014 LCCN Strategic Plan -- to expand its reach and narrow its first priority focus:

This represents both a renewal of and a sharpening/prioritizing of the organization’s near term focus and role going forward. It seeks to insure that LCCN is achieving maximum effectiveness as the community voice and advocate in key critical economic development related processes and decision making. It seeks to keep pace with accelerating challenges facing Montgomery County as a whole and the greater Lake Conroe Region specifically.

2015 Focus and Goals

2015 is a pivotal year for the county and its water resource development future. As things stand, Lone Star Groundwater Conservation District (LSGCD) groundwater regulations will become effective in 2016 that cap groundwater production throughout Montgomery County at 70% of 2009 levels. At the present time, the only available alternative source for water to make up for this reduction let alone to address new demands is Lake Conroe water.

LCCN is focusing major resources on analysis of the basis for these impending groundwater regulations, education of the community on its findings, and advocacy on behalf of the community for a moratorium on the implementation of the groundwater regulations before they become effective in 2016. It presented a summary of its findings to the Board of Directors of the LSGCD on January 28, 2015 (click here to see and/or download a copy of LCCN Remarks to Lone Star Board) . It plans to conduct one or more community-wide Town Hall meetings this year – the first at the end of April – to be led by experts and focused on the Case for/against Lone Star’s Groundwater Regulations for Montgomery County. To insure ease of access to this critical information, arrangements are being made to repeat this Town Hall meeting at strategic venues across our region:

LCCN will also report on its continuing analysis of the ramifications of the SJRA program for the withdrawal, treatment and distribution of drinking water beginning in 2016. If appropriate, it will conduct a Town Hall Meeting on this subject to educate the community and lay the groundwork for advocacy of the community’s interests.

Past Accomplishments

Over the past 7 years, LCCN has partnered with various organizations throughout the Lake Conroe Region to raise awareness and affect change. Among its specific accomplishments have been:

  1. Taxes: Helped to block an increase in the scope of the Lone Star College System District to encompass the Montgomery Independent School District. This prevented the residents of MISD from becoming subject to the substantial annual taxes for the support of the Lone Star College System. Only a handful of residents actually attended LSCS, so the per capita tax rate would have been prohibitive.
  2. Mandatory Participation in SJRA GRP: Helped to block mandatory participation by Montgomery County MUD’s in the surface water solution promoted by the SJRA in response to the LSGCD’s mandate for 30% reduction in Jasper groundwater aquifer use beginning in 2016. LCCN fully supported alternative solution efforts by MUDs involving the use of the Catahoula aquifer. Multiple MUD’s have now drilled and tapped quality water which will be used to offset mandated Jasper aquifer reductions.
  3. Economic Impacts of Lake Conroe Water Losses: LCCN led the effort to form a. consortium of organizations and private contributors and fund the first study of the “Impacts of Lake Level Reductions on the Lake Conroe Area…”. The study was performed by TAMU with a Final TAMU Report delivered in July 2012. Although many more and varied studies are needed, major TAMU study findings included:
    • The GRP scenarios are likely to impact lake-levels significantly.
    • Residents in lakefront communities expect a 28% decline in residential property values, in which case losses in real estate values would amount to $1.1 billion in the area.
  4. Town Hall Forums for Community Awareness: LCCN conducted several well attended major forums that brought the community together with State and County public officials to air out water management issues surrounding the SJRA’s GRP.

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