Maintenance of Steep Bank Creek Reserve

As many of you are aware, Steep Bank Creek is a natural waterway running through the middle of LID 19.  However, many of you, particularly those whose homes are adjacent to Steep Bank Creek, have inquired as to the maintenance of this area.

Prior to the development of Riverstone, the United States Army Corps of Engineers placed numerous restrictions on Steep Bank Creek, requiring it to be largely maintained as a natural waterway.  Under the USACE requirements, the LID’s ability to maintain Steep Bank Creek is very limited.  The area cannot be maintained in the same manner as a manicured public greenspace within Riverstone – as mowing and tree pruning are heavily restricted.  Therefore, grass stands often appear higher than what you might see in other parts of Riverstone, as LID 19’s ability to mow is limited to only a few times per year.

Public access to Steep Bank Creek is strictly prohibited.  Due to the preservation of Steep Bank Creek in its natural state, the area has not been developed for public recreational purposes and may pose many safety risks.  In addition, Steep Bank Creek is home to local wildlife, such as wild hogs, snakes, nutria, and other biting insects.  We request your cooperation in keeping out of Steep Bank Creek.

If you have any other questions or concerns regarding the maintenance of Steep Bank Creek, please feel free to reach out to the Board by filling out the online form here.   Contact Us – Fort Bend County Levee Improvement District 19 (

Potential Upcoming Significant Rainfall

As you may be aware, local weather forecasts are currently projecting potentially significant rainfall in our region.  The LID 19 Board and operational team is closely monitoring the weather.  Recent models indicate the potential for anywhere from 3″ to as much as 12″ of total rainfall in the coming week, with potential bursts of intense rainfall in a short amount of time.  Thankfully, Brazos River levels are currently low, and the ground is dry and should be able to absorb rainfall efficiently, at least initially.

All LID 19 pumping facilities, including supplemental pumps, are fully operational and ready to be deployed if necessary.  Your LID management and operators are monitoring the situation very closely and will take appropriate actions to manage the situation to the best of our hardware capabilities.

We encourage all residents to monitor the local forecast and take appropriate precautions, such as moving any parked cars off of the street prior to projected rainfall, and to never drive into high water.

Steep Bank Creek Pump Station Expansion Update August 2021

You may be aware that groundbreaking for the expansion project took place in April this year. Please see the link below for that article.

This article outlines the update of the progress for this project as of last week of July 2021.

Installation of the new pump discharge water duct is well under way. A cut in the levee was needed to initiate this work. However, after installing the required civil work for the new duct outlet, the levee is rebuilt to about 70% of the original height and thus LID is not exposed to the riverside of the levee. In near future, the levee will be built back to 100% of the original height, above the newly installed duct.

The pictures below will give you a visual indication of the work under progress as of last week of July 2021.

Please feel free to inquire if you need further information.