Lake Livingston Water Levels - Trinity River Authority Negligence

Lake Livingston Water Levels - Trinity River Authority Negligence

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Beginning in 2015, the Trinity River Authority (TRA) became negligent with regard to managing the discharge levels at Lake Livingston Dam, directly impacting residents along the Trinity River and causing never before seen flood levels in areas established since the 1980s.  Coinciding with the construction of a new hydroelectric plant at the dam, this change in operations has detrimentally affected many subdivisions up river from the "main" Lake Livingston including, but not limited to Green Rich Shores, Trinity Plantation, Lakeside Village, and Harmon Creek.  TRA claims that they are restricted from lowering the lake levels due to a contract with the City of Houston, however this is an unfounded claim as no such clause exists in documents provided by TRA for review.  During an 18-month period beginning in April of 2015, the aforementioned communities were flooded for a total of EIGHT MONTHS, collectively, and at one point were flooded for approximately 6 weeks straight.  Trinity River Authority's own General Manager, Kevin Ward, states the following on their website:

"We understand that safe, clean water is a necessity; in fact, water is the single-most essential element to life as we know it.  We have made it our mission at TRA to make access to clean water a reality for the residents of the Trinity River basin."  

The practice of TRA however, does not echo Mr. Ward's statements.  Each time our communities get flooded, approximately -15-20 times since 2015, septic systems overflow and raw sewage pours into the flood waters, which then flows into Lake Livingston and ultimately, into the homes of thousands of residents.  Many residents have expressed their concerns with this unsanitary event to Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) but were referred back to TRA, writing that it was an issue with TRA, not TCEQ, confusing many.    

TRA continues to ignore the pleas from residents and we have no choice but to appeal to a higher authority or move forward with class action lawsuits, similar to those filed after Hurricane Harvey by Houston residents.  All we ask is for the discharge procedures to be proactive, such as those followed by the Coastal Water Authority (Lake Houston) and the San Jacinto River Authority (Lake Conroe) who actively lower the lake levels in anticipation of heavy rains.  The photo included shows the current flooding in Green Rich Shores subdivision (5/7/2019) and several more inches of rain is expected throughout the week.  Please help us.

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