Humble Mayor Pro Tem Norman Funderburk (far right) welcomes to the Humble BizCom (from left) Dr. Kendrick Watkins, family and sports medicine physician, and Christine Citizen, senior practice manager, both from Memorial Hermann’s Convenient Care Center in Kingwood; and Dr. Tejas Mehta, managing partner and internal medicine physician with Wellspire Medical Group. Photo by Tom Broad

–– Lake Houston Chamber organizes ‘Lives Over Levels’ campaign –

In the wake of past catastrophic flooding as well as potential future flooding, Lake Houston residents are organizing a massive email campaign, “Lives Over Levels,” requesting that the San Jacinto River Authority (SJRA) continue its recent policy of temporarily lowing Lake Conroe during 2020.

“We live in a massive watershed and, when it pours, all that water goes right through us on its way to Lake Houston,” Lake Houston Chamber President Jenna Armstrong said at the chamber’s Humble BizCom Jan. 9 at Humble High School.

“We fought hard last year to initiate a seasonal lake lowering program during the wettest months of the year and during the height of the hurricane season,” Armstrong said. “Lowering Lake Conroe 1 foot lower during the months of April and May, and 2 feet below normal elevation during August and September, is what we are requesting.”

The seasonal lowering program must be approved by the SJRA board each February. An organized group of home-owners on Lake Conroe has launched its own campaign to the SJRA board, Texas Governor Greg Abbott and their elected officials to stop the program.

“Lake Conroe residents claim that lowering the lake is a placebo effect and there’s no data to support that it is effective,” Armstrong said. “Well, we’ve got the data and we’ve got the science. Lowering the lake IS effective.”

Armstrong emphasized that the chamber campaign is not a Conroe vs. Kingwood debate because release of Lake Conroe water affects all of Lake Houston, including Humble, Atascocita and Huffman.

“This is temporary until the new gates, procured thanks to the efforts of Houston Mayor Pro Tem Dave Martin, are installed and working in August 2022,” Armstrong said.

To send an email to the river authority, go to the Recover Lake Houston website, lakehouston.org/recoverlakehouston, and follow the easy instructions.

“You can do it right now on your phone,” Armstrong urged as the 100 BizCom participants pulled out their phones, found the website, and sent the email to the SJRA.

The chamber is arranging for buses to take residents to the SJRA board meetings at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 21, and Thursday, Feb. 20 at the Lone Star Convention and Expo Center in Conroe. To attend, contact the chamber at 281-446-2128.

Additional Humble BizCom highlights:

- Quest Early College High School Principal Nashelle Scott bragged on her students. Ninety percent of the graduating class have applied for college, 70% have been accepted by at least one school, and the students have garnered $1.5 million in scholarships. Scott said three Quest students are Dell Scholarship finalists.

- Humble ISD School Superintendent Dr. Elizabeth Fagen unveiled the impressive new look of Humble High School when its $35 million renovation is completed in 2022, resulting in a new library, cafeteria, gym and major exterior makeover. An additional $10 million will be used to renovation Quest which is located inside Humble High.

- Fagen also previewed the new look for Lakeland Elementary which will be relocated to the east of Turner Stadium. Lakeland, currently the district’s oldest school, will be home to a unique performing arts center when the school is completed in time for classes in August 2021.

- Jennifer Wooden, director of Humble Civic Center and Bender Performing Arts Center, revealed major additions to Good Oil Days celebrating its 40th anniversary April 2-4. The festival opens on April 2 with a Community Health Fair at the Humble Civic Center, sponsored by the Northeast Hospital Authority. That evening, the first “Sip and Stroll” will encourage participants to stroll down Historic Main Street enjoying live music, exhibits, carriage rides, food trucks and beverages.

The annual Blowout Street Dance, at $15 a ticket, features live music and a beer and wine garden on April 3, 7-11 p.m., followed on April 4 with the 40th Annual Good Oil Days Festival, including more than 80 vendors.

The next Humble BizCom is May 7 at Humble High School. Attendance is free. Boxed lunches are served but registration is required. Visit lakehouston.org.

Tom Broad
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Besides being a proud graduate of The University of Nebraska-Lincoln and, therefore, a Cornhusker, I am retired from Memorial Hermann. I am a correspondent and columnist for Lake Houston's hometown paper, The Tribune, as well as a director of the Lake Houston Redevelopment Corporation, a member of the board of the Humble Area Assistance Ministries, and Volunteer Extraordinaire for the Lake Houston Area Chamber.

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