Grass Clippings and Leaves

Debris can cause clogging of storm drains.

When storm drains (also known as catch basins) clog with leaves and/or other debris, water can no longer drain from the street. This water can then pool along streets and flood intersections and homes.

Contrary to popular belief, pet wastes, oil and other materials dumped into catch basins do not go to the wastewater treatment plant, but instead flow directly into streams and rivers. Dumping grass clippings, debris and other material into the storm drain is not only illegal, but contributes pollution to our waterways and causes localized flooding.

It is important to keep catch basins free of obstructions to prevent street flooding, property damage, and hazards to the traveling public.

How should I dispose of leaves and debris?

When you are clearing your sidewalk or driveway, please do not rake or blow the leaves from your yard into the street. One option would be to sweep, collect, and bag grass clippings and leaves. Another option is to blow grass clippings back onto the lawn where they can become a mulch and a natural fertilizer. Further, consider raking or blowing leaves/debris into a compost pile, where they can decompose.

Telfair District Owned Playgrounds Closed

In accordance with Fort Bend County’s “Stay Home to Save Lives Order,” Fort Bend County Levee Improvement District No. 17 has closed all of its playgrounds in the Telfair neighborhood.

Per the Fort Bend County Judge, this Order began on March 25, 2020 and will remain in effect until 11:59 p.m. on April 3, 2020, unless otherwise amended. The District’s playground facilities will remain closed through the duration of the Order and any future amendments that may extend the Order.

Please do not access or play on any playground equipment during this time. Open spaces and trails will remain available for residential use, provided residents comply with social distancing of at least six (6) feet in accordance with the Order and CDC guidelines.

Below is an excerpt from the Order for further clarification:

Section 4(A) Essential Activites

(iii) To engage in outdoor activity, (for example, walking, biking, hiking, or running). Individuals may go to public parks and open outdoor recreation areas. However, playgrounds may increase spread of COVID-19, and therefore shall be closed.

To view the full Order, please click the link below:

https://www.fortbendcountytx.gov/home/showdocument?id=53583