Wetlands

As you may be aware, the Clean Water Act creates federal jurisdiction over certain types of waters in the U.S. Under federal law, those jurisdictional waters may include wetlands, which then become subject to additional federal regulation and control.

Prior to development within LID 19, small areas within LID 19 were identified as potentially jurisdictional wetlands. Accordingly, the developer requested approval from the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) to develop the area, subject to certain requirements in a permit issued by the USACE.

Under the USACE wetlands permit, certain small wetlands that may have been impacted by the development of LID 19 were required to be preserved as natural wetlands sites (see map). The LID’s ability to modify these natural wetlands is somewhat limited, and the Board works with environmental specialists to identify limited maintenance that is permissible under the permit. However, the LID may have some ability to remove dead or decaying trees and other vegetation that may impede drainage or otherwise pose an unreasonable public health and safety risk. If you are concerned about any of the wetlands sites, please feel free to contact the LID through the “contact me” tab. Please be aware that these wetlands sites are not intended as public recreational sites, and we encourage the exercise of caution near these areas.

2020 Tax Rate

As part of the September LID 19 Board of Directors Meeting, the board voted to lower the LID tax rate from 68 cents down to 56 cents per $100 of assessed value for the 2020 tax year. This change will be a total tax rate reduction of approximately 18% for residents.

The District is primarily responsible for overseeing storm drainage and maintaining the levee system that protects homes from rising water. The District is also working to implement major capital improvements that increase resilience against flooding. The lowered tax rate will still allow the District to continue to provide these improvements and services while also paying down the District’s debt.

District residents are encouraged to stay tuned to www.fblid19.com for news in the District and follow the District Facebook page for updates.

Tropical Storm Beta

Tropical Storm Beta made landfall early Sunday morning and will be providing rains over the next five days. There is some concern over the slow-moving nature of the storm. At current projections, we expect 4-6″ falling during that time.

The Brazos River is still below action stage (14ft), allowing the district to maintain gravity flow. Maintaining gravity flow means that the rain will flow from the district and out of the district to the river without the need to pump water. At this point, we believe that status will last during the water event.

As with all high rain potential events, there may be street ponding or flooding when the storm drains back up. When the rain lessens, the storm sewers will catch up, and any water in the streets will recede. Never drive into high waters.

Summation

At current projections, the district resources will be able to absorb this rain event fully. We will update this information if the forecast changes.