About the District

General The District is a political subdivision of the State of Texas, created by order of the Fort Bend County Commissioners’ Court, adopted on July 9, 2002, and operates pursuant to Chapter 49 and 57 of the Texas Water Code.

The District is a conservation and reclamation district created pursuant to the provisions of Chapter 57, Texas Water Code and Article XVI, Section 59 of the Texas Constitution. The principal functions of the District include constructing and maintaining levees and other improvements on, along and contiguous to rivers, creeks and streams within and adjacent to the District; reclamation of lands within the District from overflow from these streams; the control and distribution of the waters of rivers and streams within and adjacent to the District by straightening and otherwise improving them; the provision of proper drainage and other improvements of the reclaimed land within the District and developing and maintaining recreational facilities.

The District contains approximately 2,331 acres of land and is located approximately 22 miles southwest of the central downtown business district of the City of Houston and lies wholly within the boundaries of the City of Sugar Land. The District also lies within the boundaries of the Fort Bend Independent School District. Access to the District is provided by U.S. Highway 59 (Interstate 69) to University Boulevard

Weather Update

The NWS has upgraded the low pressure system off the coast to Tropical Storm Imelda. TS Imelda has made landfall over Brazoria County and is forecast to move northward across the Houston metropolitan region over the course of the next few days and will bring moderate wind and significant rainfall to the area.

Your LID 17 team will continue to monitor the situation and respond as necessary should any issues arise.

For your part, please be mindful of the situation and exercise caution if you encounter heavy rainfall or ponding on the streets. As we observed in the May 7th rainfall event some streets, such as portions of Telfair Avenue, Westcott, Meadowcroft or Chatham Avenue, are more susceptible to ponding. Please avoids those areas to minimize your risks.

For up-to-date weather information, please visit the National Weather Service: NWS Forecast for Sugar Land, TX.

Ditch “H” Sloughing Repairs

Residents in the Avalon at Telfair may have noticed some work in the big ditch (known as Ditch H). The Fort Bend Drainage District is repairing the side slopes of the ditch to fix some naturally occurring erosion. The ditch is close to the FBCLID 17 East Levee so we wanted to give our residents an update of the work.

Natural erosion of Ditch “H” seems to be caused by multiple sand layers within the side slopes of the ditch. When water levels rise in the ditch, the fine sands get saturated and are carried away when the water levels recede in the ditch creating voids that result in erosion or “sloughing” of the side slopes. The District has been watching the erosion because of its proximity to the bottom of the District’s levee.

Although this erosion repair project is being done by the Fort Bend Drainage District, our FBCLID 17 worked closely with the Drainage District on possible options for repair. We helped to prioritize this erosion repair project by purchasing the timber pile material used for the project. In return, the Drainage District provided the labor and equipment to install the timber piles and to re-establish the side slopes. This work will be ongoing for a while to protect the side slopes of Ditch H and reduce erosion into our levee.