New website on the horizon for Woodlands Water Group

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Leaders of the One Water in the Woods task force will soon be able to communicate more effectively with residents through a new information website.

Bruce Rieser, Township Director and chair of the recently renamed and re-named task force for more than four years, told other council members on June 23 that a new information website for the entity would be posted live in the near future.

“Our One Water website is about to be launched and it is designed to be a one-stop-shop for all water-related issues (the public) that may be interested,” Rieser told the directors. “I think it will be a very good resource and will go a long way in educating the public. “

The website is designed by two companies, the Houston Advanced Research Center, also known as HARC, and an outside company called Geotechnical research institute. Rieser said the site is expected to be “live” by mid-July to the end of July.

The cost of the website, which will be called the Woodlands One Water Information Portal, is $ 60,000 in total.

Earlier at the June 23 meeting, the township directors approved an interlocal agreement with the GTRI $ 27,000 funding for the creation of the website in an undisputed consent agenda item. Other partner entities will finance the remaining $ 33,000 of the cost of the site.

The agreement with GTRI is backdated to April 1, 2021 and ends March 31, 2022. The company will create the website which has been described as offering information on water issues; relevant government and private entities focused on water, definitions of water terminology; maps of aquifers and watersheds; and other historical data and statistics relating to ground and surface water use.

The task force was initially formed in the summer of 2016 after a series of 100-year and 500-year flooding in the Houston area. The task force initially focused on the flooding and drainage issues that arose in the Township and southern Montgomery County following the April 2016 tax day floods and the flooding in the May 2016 Remembrance Day.

Since then, more and more entities have joined the group each year and its success has helped create a similar county-level task force under the leadership of Montgomery County Judge Mark Keough.

Sagging problem

As he has been doing for months, Rieser also highlighted his opinion that local residents and others should be very concerned about the subsidence of Montgomery Township and County.

Subsidence is a geological phenomenon of depression and sinking of land when aquifers below the surface become depleted and lose pressure. This process can result in the displacement of the foundations of buildings and cause damage, like what has been experienced in Woodlands Fire Station # 5.

“Sag is always a hot topic. I’m happy to see (Lone Star Groundwater Conversation District) funding a second (subsidence) study, ”Rieser said Wednesday. “I think it’s a step in the right direction.”

Rieser also warned of the ongoing legal issues facing the San Jacinto River Authority, noting that the possible future resolution of the legal dispute between the San Jacinto River Authority and the towns of Magnolia and Conroe could be closer.

“I can’t wait to have a decision. This could be a huge decision in favor of the SJRA, ”Rieser added.

the A working group on water meets monthly, with nearly 40 representatives gathered by online videoconference. Once restrictions on coronaviruses ease, the group plans to resume in-person meetings at the township administration building, located at 2801 Technology Forest Blvd.

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