Welcome to the Greatwood Districts


District Updates
Please remember to visit www.greatwooddistricts.com regularly for up-to-date information regarding your municipal utility and levee improvement districts. This website is also a great resource for important information during severe weather or emergency events, such as storms and hurricanes. Also, please sign-up at www.greatwooddistricts.com to join our mailing list and receive updates directly in your inbox.

Please note that during high water events, such as the one experienced during Memorial Day weekend, information may not be updated daily as river crest projections often do not change from the initial projection. The website will be updated if and when new information is available. Also, Fort Bend County Levee Improvement District No. 11 has an emergency action plan in place for such events and the District is monitored on a regular basis during an event.

Also, during high water and emergency events, Fort Bend County posts regular updates. Visit that website at www.fbcoem.org for information and updates.

FBLID 11 - Open House This Fall
September 8, 2017

The Board of Directors of Fort Bend County LID 11 is planning an Open House this fall for our residents to learn more about how your drainage system works. We will include a tour of a pump station and explanation of our system. We will also ask the District’s insurance agent to be available to answer questions about flood insurance. We plan to ask Fort Bend County OEM to also come to the Open House and discuss how that office works. In the meantime, you can find lots of good information about our District on the LID 11 tab of our website, along with links to third party information that is helpful. We will get notice out on the website once the date is determined.

District Update
September 2nd at 10:00am

Internal facilities
This morning as usual, we have been out inspecting our facilities. Internal levels look good, and we are pumping as needed at the pump stations. Internal water is receding. Streets are dry and our temporary pump did its job and has dropped the one detention area that was higher down enough to be manageable. Other detention areas are dry or lowering rapidly.

Brazos River
Brazos River water is still up on the levees but is beginning to recede. It has peaked.

Rabbs Bayou
We have had questions about the level of Rabbs Bayou. Rabbs is full due to backwater from the Brazos River. It will recede slowly at the same rate as the river. This is a slow process but by Wednesday-Thursday next week everyone should notice significant differences.

Summary
Operations in Greatwood are starting to be more like a normal heavy rain event and regular emergency operations. We believe we are in the home stretch! Thanks to our superb operators LMS and SiEnvironmental. They have really been working hard to keep us dry and our water safe to drink (which it is). Thank you neighbors for your patience.

Special Session Scheduled
September 1st at 3:00pm

The Fort Bend County Commissioner’s Court has special sessions scheduled for Saturday, September 2 and Monday, September 4 at 1:00 p.m. to discuss the impact of the disaster declaration on August 24 as a result of Hurricane Harvey.

Update - 9/1/17 at 11:00 am

Good Morning neighbors,

We have the best news yet - according to the latest updated graphs from the National Weather Service (NWS), the Brazos River appears to have crested at the Richmond gauge at a high of 55.19! This is a still new record, up from last year's record level of 54.7'. We know projections can still change and we aren't completely out of the woods until the river level goes way down. But at the new lower projected peak level, our levee system will be able to handle this level and protect us from river flooding.

Our operators have been out and inspected the sandbags from our minor levee slough repairs. Everything appears to be stable. There is no evidence of additional movement or shifting.

The 2 pump stations plus additional pumping at an internal detention pond are still going strong pumping internal storm water out. As the water is pumped out, now that the Brazos River has apparently crested, our lake, channel and street ponding levels will return to near normal more quickly.

Thank you to our board members, consultants and operators for their commitment to our safety through this challenging event.

Please continue to check fbcoem.org for the latest official Fort Bend County updates.

Update - 9/1/17 at 10:00 am

Good Morning neighbors,

Outside of our levee system, early this morning, according to the National Weather Service (NWS) the Brazos River at the Richmond gauge briefly rose to 55.20'. At 8:15 am, the reading was slightly lower at 55.10'. NWS is still forecasting a peak of 55.7 that is expected to be reached sometime Saturday morning. If the peak is 55.7', that would be 1.0' above last year's peak of 54.7'. Our levee system will be able to handle this level and protect us from river flooding.

The 2 pump stations plus additional pumping at an internal detention pond are still going strong pumping internal storm water out. As the water is pumped out, our lake, channel and street ponding levels will return to near normal.

Our system was tested by rainfall and water elevations that were beyond the normal design parameters and has functioned well. Thank you to our board members, consultants and operators for their commitment to our safety through this challenging event. Please continue to check fbcoem.org for the latest official Fort Bend County updates.

Update - 9/1/17 at 8:00 am

Message from Justin Ring, LID President:

Good evening, Greatwood –

I wanted to let you know that, as we prepare for the crest of the Brazos River likely tomorrow morning, and since we had so many extra sand bags, this evening LMS, the levee operator, placed PRECAUTIONARY sand bags on the inside of the levee near the spot that the community previously placed sand bags in a small erosion repair.

Please know that these placements are truly a precautionary measure only and do not indicate a failure or weakening of the levee. It was the opinion of the engineer and the operator to place these extra sand bags and use them in a “belt and suspenders” way.

I know many of you walk the levee, visit the River and take drone pictures of the awe inspiring sight of the Brazos River and I wanted to let the community know about this precautionary measure before the rumor mill fired up and spread any panic.

I can’t repeat this enough. This was only precautionary and does NOT represent a weakening of failure of the levee.

LMS will continue their around the clock monitoring of the entire levee system around LID 11 as they have been continuously at work for the last week. They make ongoing inspections ensuring that the levee is sound.

Update - 8/31/17 at 4:45 pm

We've heard from residents that street flooding continues to be an issue. The District’s engineer and operator have been out and surveyed certain areas and have added supplementary pumps to address the issue and pump water out of the street and away from homes. They believe they have located the source and that the pumps will combat the problem, but won’t solve it. It will be more manageable for the time being. The identified issue appears to be with a detention pond and there are no known issues with the District’s levee at this time. The number one focus is to try to keep water out of homes. Thank you to our residents for being vigilant and reporting the issue so that it could be addressed quickly. The District’s operator and engineer will continue to monitor the area. Please continue to report any issues to us through the District’s website.

Trash Collection on Labor Day

Greatwood residents: In order to catch up on missed garbage collection days, Best Trash WILL be collecting trash on Labor Day, for all Monday-Thursday routes. Please be patient as service resumes; Best Trash is attempting to provide the best service and collection times possible given the circumstances. You can also refer to Best Trash’s web site for updates, www.best-trash.com

Update - 8/31/17 at 10:30 am

Per the Richmond gauge, the current Brazos River level is 54.98’. This river gauge is already higher than the peak elevation we experienced during Memorial Day 2016 event. The National Weather Service is still projecting the Brazos River will crest at 56’. At this projection, we still believe there will be enough freeboard for the water in the Brazos River to stay within its banks and not overtop the levee. Fort Bend County Levee Improvement District No. 11 remains under a voluntary evacuation as issued by Fort Bend County Judge Hebert. Fort Bend County Levee Improvement District No. 11 is taking all precautions to protect against breaches of our levee, but you should carefully consider your family’s safety and individual circumstances in this situation. It is impossible to predict the actual River levels and its potential impact on the Greatwood community. IF the levee breaches or overtops, it will be impossible to exit Greatwood at that time. Please continue to listen to local media as well as the Fort Bend County OEM website fbcoem.org.

The District would like to thank all of the volunteers from the community who came out to help fill sand bags to help with a localized spot of erosion on the levee. Please know the United States Army Corps of Engineers reviewed and approved the repair and because of all of the volunteers hard work, the District has numerous additional sandbags filled and on hand should the need arise.

Update - 8/29/17 at 2:20 pm

As of now, Greatwood has no issues with its water wells or wastewater plants. Our operator SiEnvironmental reports their teams are in the field checking these facilities as well as the lift stations. Although we can't control the Brazos River and rain and flooding at least we are able to keep your drinking water system and sewer plant operational.

We hope those of you who evacuated have reached high, safe and dry ground. To others we hope you are safe in your homes. The LID is posting updates as it gets additional information.

Our LID and MUD operators are doing a fantastic job in this unprecedented situation.

Update - 8/29/17 at 1:00 pm

The National Weather Service has just changed the expected crest level to 57.5' at the Richmond gauge. This is below the previous estimate of 59'. We are expecting the County to issue this change shortly. Please follow the Fort Bend County OEM websites for river updates as it is difficult for forecasters to predict the Brazos River forces with certainty.

Some roads in Greatwood are still impassable. Earlier the txdot access road to 69 was impassable. Please don't venture out onto I-69 until you know it is safe.

Our pumps are in full operations and are pumping water out as quickly as they can. We need more breaks in rainfall to allow our pump system to get ahead of this rainfall. We are still encouraging everyone to get out if they can safely. Between the Brazos River levels and also level of rainfall in the district our system will still be challenged with high water in the streets and full drainage channels.

If the Brazos River does not exceed the new forecast of 57.5' our levee should be fine. At the previously projected level of 59' at the Richmond gauge our Greatwood levee should hold back the water and at 57.5' we have 1.5' of extra freeboard before reaching the top of the levee. We cannot predict the river level. If the river exceeds that height we are expecting water to overtop the levee and flood Greatwood.

Here is a helpful tip for finding out road conditions:
http://static.drivetexas.org/?from=timeline&isappinstalled=0#8/31.431/-96.012

Also Fort Bend County has driving and road info out on its website.

Update - 8/28/17 at 10:00 pm

At this time, FBL 11 pumps are operational and the District's operator continues to monitor the District's facilities around the clock. Please know this amount of rainfall and projections for the Brazos River are unprecedented. Greatwood remains under a voluntary evacuation as declared by Fort Bend County Judge Herbert. Please carefully consider your family's needs when deciding to evacuate. If you are able to evacuate safely, please do so. If the Brazos River rises to projected levels exits out of Greatwood may be impassible.

Evacuation
8/28/17 At 12:25 p.m.

Although there is not a mandatory evacuation order for Greatwood, the FBC LID 11 is strongly encouraging our residents to considering leaving while there are some passable roads. Our levee should hold if the Brazos River does not get higher than 59' at the Richmond Bridge. But, we just do not know if the projections are correct. River Park West and FBC LID 6 and New Territory are under mandatory evacuations. River Park is in the same situation as Greatwood. We are both encouraging our residents to find safety in other locations if possible. We think it is in your best interests to evacuate.

The LID is doing whatever it can do to safely shore up our levee and drainage system. A 800+ year flood event is something no one has predicted or dealt with before. The Brazos River is a powerful water force. Please take care and do the best you can do for your family.

Urgent Notice
8/27/17 At 10:20 p.m.

Fort Bend County Judge Hebert issued a voluntary evacuation order for many neighborhoods in Fort Bend County including Greatwood. The National Weather Service is projecting the Brazos River will rise to unprecedented levels. If the Brazos River reaches the projected levels (59' at the City of Richmond gauge), there will be less than 1 foot of freeboard between the Greatwood levee and the flood waters. It is possible the River will reach the top of the Greatwood levee in certain locations. The expected time for the River to reach this level is Tuesday evening. Our concern is if the projected levels are actually higher, the Brazos River could exceed the height of the levee. Fort Bend County Levee Improvement District No. 11 is taking all precautions to protect against breaches of our levee, but you should carefully consider your family’s safety and individual circumstances in this situation. It is impossible to predict the actual River levels and its potential impact on the Greatwood community. IF the levee breaches or overtops, it will be impossible to exit Greatwood at that time. Please continue to listen to local media as well as the Fort Bend County OEM website. At this time evacuations are only voluntary.

Tropical Storm Harvey Update
August 27, 2017 at 2:00 pm

Greatwood residents, Please continue to follow tropical storm Harvey updates on the Fort Bend OEM and City of Sugar Land OEM websites.

FB LID 11 will post as it can but please understand our operators are extremely busy working in the field on emergency operations keeping us as dry as possible.

Our residents can be assured that the drainage system is working as designed. In this type of rain event over the last 48 hours, we expected to have higher than normal levels in our lakes. Our system is designed to first, fill up and overtop the lakes, then our streets are designed to take storm water before water gets into homes. Greatwood received a significant amount of rain overnight and it will take some time for that water to be discharged. The forecast appears to show a break this afternoon which will allow for the lakes to drain and potentially get back closer to normal levels.

We have storm water pump stations to pump water from within Greatwood to outside the levee. As of now, our pump stations are in normal operations.

Further, our levee is designed to keep water from the Brazos River out of Greatwood. For now, the River levels have not risen to flooding heights, but there are projections to rise to levels comparable to those in the May 2016 flood event. During that event, no water from the Brazos River breached our levee. We are continuing to work with Fort Bend County OEM to monitor the Brazos River levels. Please track the County’s website for updates on the River levels.

Please staying in your home during the rains unless you need to get out for an emergency. Roads are becoming impassable to cars as it continues to rain. When you venture out and your car gets stuck and need assistance, it dilutes the emergency manpower needed to deal with medical emergencies. Our operator and emergency personnel need the streets for their flood fighting. Please stay off the streets except for emergency purposes.



Hurricane Harvey Update
August 25, 2017

Most of you are probably keeping up with weather reports, but we wanted you to know our operator LMS is working closely with Fort Bend County and the City of Sugar Land to monitor the situation and is in emergency preparedness operations. We also are monitoring the Brazos River as it will start to rise over the next week. LMS will be pumping at our storm water pump stations as needed and do their best to keep our internal drainage levels at a minimum. Our streets are designed to carry some storm water to enable our storm water pump stations to catch up as may be needed in the next few days. There is a high possibility that winds may significant increase in the upcoming days and some areas may lose power. Debris could be a factor if the winds pick up and LMS is prepared to manage this as is possible. LMS will have tree trucks staged to help clear roads and pump stations should we need it. Our goal is to keep clear areas as needed, but not haul away debris during the event. If you see storm debris throughout your district we will coordinate with the City or County to handle clean up once the event is over.

LMS will be working round the clock to do everything they can for us and handle each problem as it arises.

Please be patient as we all try to handle the storm as best we can.

For additional up-to-date information, residents of the Greatwood community may sign up for the City of Sugar Land’s emergency notification system by using the following link: http://www.sugarlandtx.gov/emergency. This system allows the City to communicate with residents via public telephone networks, text messages, as well as email.

You may also visit the Fort Bend County Office of Emergency Management at http://fbcoem.org/ for additional information and to sign up for updates.

Everyone please stay safe and stay dry.

Best Trash Service
August 25, 2017

All of the landfills in the area are closing at the end of the day today. Trash service for Monday August 28, 2017 is not looking good. Best Trash will resume service as soon as possible. If your collection day is missed on Monday, collection will be picked up the next scheduled day. Best Trash has prepared us for the event that they may be forced to collect only the household type garbage for the first collection day. They will do the best they can, given the circumstances. We will try to post updates as we get them.

Tropical Storm Harvey
August 24, 2017

With the severe weather expected in our area, Fort Bend County Levee Improvement District No. 11 and the Greatwood MUDs would like to update you regarding the steps being taken to protect the community. Our Emergency Action Plan is in place and will be followed accordingly. Coordination with the City of Sugar Land and Fort Bend County is taking place and our operators and engineers are in constant communication with them.

For additional up-to-date information, residents of the Greatwood community may sign up for the City of Sugar Land’s emergency notification system by using the following link: http://www.sugarlandtx.gov/emergency. This system allows the City to communicate with residents via public telephone networks, text messages, as well as email.

You may also visit the Fort Bend County Office of Emergency Management at http://fbcoem.org/ for additional information and to sign up for updates.

Labor Day Trash Collection
August 17, 2017

Garbage will not be collected on Labor Day (Monday, September 4, 2017). Neighborhoods with Monday/Thursday service will resume garbage service on Thursday, September 7, 2017. Recycling service will not be affected. Neighborhoods with Tuesday/Friday service will not be affected.

To see when garbage collection occurs in your neighborhood, please refer to the map image on the “trash” page of this website.

September Open House Events
August 9, 2017

Dear Future Residents,

The City of Sugar Land invites you to attend their September Annexation Open House events.

City representatives from various departments will be on hand to cover a wide variety of topics. Among these are trash and recycling, utility billing (rate changes and billing dates), property tax, police and fire services, and 311 Sugar Land, the city's new customer service program.

Please plan on joining your future Sugar Land Mayor, City Council, and members of the city management team at one of the informational meetings scheduled for September 18th, and September 25th. City staff will present information on the benefits of being a Sugar Land resident, and there will be plenty of time allocated for you to ask questions of city staff. A variety of handouts and information about city services will also be available.

Add one of the events to your calendar:

• Monday, September 18, 6:00 – 8:00 pm, at Sugar Land City Hall, 2700 Town Center Blvd.
• Monday, September 25, 6:00 – 8:00 pm, at Sugar Land City Hall, 2700 Town Center Blvd.

A webpage dedicated to providing updates on the annexation of the Greatwood and New Territory community is available at www.sugarlandtx.gov/annexation.

For questions or additional information, please email the City at annexation@sugarlandtx.gov.

See you there!

Notice – Garbage/Recycling General Collection Information
July 10, 2017

Garbage and recycling collection varies for each neighborhood within Greatwood. There are certain rules that apply to all collection:
Whether you have backdoor or curbside collection service depends on the neighborhood you live in. Please see the list below to determine the type of collection service that is provided in your neighborhood.

Backdoor/ Garage door collection allows residents to place their garbage containers in the driveway, typically near the garage door. Garage door service is intended for household garbage only. Household garbage is defined as waste generated inside the house. Trash must be accessible and visible. Trash collectors will not go behind any gates to collect waste. All other waste must be placed at the curb according to guidelines below. Your garbage provider will collect the 40-gallon containers or the bags in the driveway and return the containers to the same or similar location after collection. Also, if you have larger containers with bagged garbage inside, they will remove the bags, and return the container(s) to the same or similar location after collection. Your recycling containers and yard or bulky waste must be placed at the curbside.

Curbside collection allows residents to place garbage and recycling containers at the curb of the residence, so as long as the container(s) are not blocking access to public sidewalks. Your garbage provider will collect the containers and return to the same or similar location.

You may contact the Districts’ garbage and recycling provider, Best Trash LLC, at (281) 313-2378 with any questions or concerns.

Location
Garbage
Recycling
Yard/Bulky Waste
Group A:
Terrace
Fairway Vistas
Green
Landing
Stonebridge
Brooks Mill
Fairview
Lakecrest
Springfield
Brazos Bend
Highland Park
Vistas
Curbside: Monday/ Thursday
Curbside: Thursday
Curbside: Monday/ Thursday
Group B:
Arbor
Tuscany Place
Lakeside Village
Charleston Estates
Shores (Sections: 3 and 4)
The Enclave
Estates
Forest, Section 3
The Manor
Forest, Section 1
Shores(Sections: 1, 2, and 5)
Wood Creek
Woodhaven
Garage/Back Door: Monday/Thursday
Curbside: Thursday
Curbside: Monday/ Thursday
Group C:
Village
Trails
Glen
Forest, Section 4
Garage/Back Door: Tuesday/Friday
Curbside: Friday
Curbside: Tuesday/Friday
Group D:
Knoll
Crossing
Greatwood Bend
Forest, Section 2
Curbside: Tuesday/Friday
Curbside: Friday
Curbside: Tuesday/Friday


FB MUD 117 and FBL 11 Meeting Date Change
June 8, 2017

Due to the Fourth of July, FB MUD 117 has rescheduled its meeting to July 10, 2017 at 4:30 p.m. at Independent Bank. LID 11’s meeting has been rescheduled to July 12, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. at Independent Bank. All meetings are open to the public. The districts will resume regular meeting schedules in August.

Spring Annexation Open House Events
May 15, 2017

Dear Greatwood Residents,

The City of Sugar Land invites you to attend their Spring Annexation Open House events. These events aim to help future residents better understand the city services they will begin to receive upon the effective annexation date of December 12, 2017.

These informal Open House style meetings are meant to provide residents with the opportunity to interact with City staff from Departments such as Communications, Dispatch, Finance, Environmental and Neighborhood Services, Fire, Police, Permits & Inspections, Planning, and Public Works.

Please plan on joining the Sugar Land Mayor and City Council at one of the following times:

Greatwood

• Thursday, May 18th 6:30pm-8:00pm at Susanna Dickinson Elementary (7110 Greatwood Pkwy, Sugar Land, TX 77479)
• Monday, May 22nd 6:30pm-8:00pm at Bess Campbell Elementary (1000 Shadow Bend Dr., Sugar Land, TX 77479

A webpage dedicated to providing updates on the annexation of the Greatwood and New Territory community is available at www.sugarlandtx.gov/annexation. For questions or additional information, please email the City at annexation@sugarlandtx.gov. See you there!

Greatwood MUDs collaborate with Lamar Consolidated Independent School District (“LCISD”) for recreational facilities improvements to benefit Greatwood residents
April 27, 2017

The Greatwood MUDs are proud to announce the MUDs have entered into an interlocal agreement with Lamar Consolidated Independent School District to provide for better, longer lasting play fields and improved tracks at both Campbell and Dickinson Elementary Schools within Greatwood. The improved field surfaces will be a welcome addition for various sports teams, community activities and everyday use by residents. A three lane, all-weather track surrounding a new turf infield will be installed at Campbell Elementary and improvements will be made to the existing track at Dickinson Elementary School, as well as a new turf playing field area. We are so excited to announce this joint venture with our School District for the benefit of our community. The Greatwood MUDs are funding the initial construction cost, but LCISD will be responsible for their maintenance and operation.

In addition to the collaboration with LCISD, the Greatwood MUDs contributed funds to the Greatwood Community Association (“GCA”) for approved services to allow the GCA to utilize GCA funds to make various improvements to recreational facilities in Greatwood, including upgrades to pool no. 3, improvements to the 3-acre tract across the street from Campbell Elementary School, and the construction of the new community building on Greatwood Parkway to benefit residents of Greatwood. The MUDs are proud that they have been able to partner with the GCA and LCISD to make these improvements that make Greatwood a better place.

New and Increased Residential Tax Exemptions Granted by Greatwood MUDs
April 26, 2017

All four of the Greatwood MUDs recently granted the following personal property exemptions for MUD residents:

• exemption of $70,000 of the appraised value of residence homesteads of individuals who are disabled or are sixty-five years of age or older from ad valorem taxation by the District; and
• exemption of 10% of the appraised value (but not less than $5,000) of the residence homesteads of married or unmarried adults, including one living alone, pursuant to Article VIII, Section 1-b(e), Texas Constitution from ad valorem taxation by the District.

These exemptions reduce the appraised value of residence homesteads for qualifying property owners and help to offset the increase in property value as established by the Fort Bend Central Appraisal District. These exemptions will significantly reduce your MUD property taxes for the 2017 tax year. As you are all aware, for the 2018 tax year, you will be in the city of Sugar Land and your MUDs will be dissolved and annexed by the City.

No Wipes in the Pipes
March 21, 2017



Patty Potty says: “No Wipes in the Pipes!!! People are flushing all kinds of things down the toilet!”

It’s not a trash can, you know! Some paper products and wipes are advertised as ‘flushable’ but they aren’t. Sure, they will flush down, but they won’t flush OUT. Wipes won’t decompose… they get caught up in lift stations and the wastewater treatment plant’s screens and filters — and that costs money to clear and repair! Wipes and other non-decomposing objects cost the residents of Greatwood over $850,000 in the last 5 years for maintenance and repair of our sanitary sewer system!

Please help protect water quality and our environment — and prevent costly water treatment plant repairs, as well!

Patty Potty’s DO NOT FLUSH LIST.

• diapers
• paper towels
• facial tissue
• cotton swabs
• baby wipes
• adult wipes
• hair
• gum wrappers
• candy wrappers
• facial pads
• dental floss
• cigarettes
• cotton balls
• scoops of kitty litter
• women’s hygiene products
• all purpose cleaning wipes
• adhesive bandages
• makeup remover wipes

Take the pledge….

NO WIPES IN THE PIPES!!!


Sugar Land Online Town Hall for Parks System Master Plan
February 16, 2017

The City of Sugar Land encourages you to provide feedback regarding proposed park development. To provide your feedback, please click the link below:

http://www.sugarlandtx.gov/onlinetownhall

Notice of Annexation of the Greatwood MUDs
January 24, 2017

Fort Bend County Municipal Utility District Nos 106, 108, 109 and 117 (collectively the “MUDs”) received notice from the City of Sugar Land (“City”) that they will be annexed and dissolved on or about December 12, 2017. At that time, District residents will become residents of the City. All services previously provided by the MUDs will be provided by the City, including water and wastewater service and garbage collection and recycling service. The MUDs and the City will collaborate to make this transition as seamless as possible for residents. The MUDs anticipate there will be multiple town hall style meetings as the annexation date gets closer to inform and update residents regarding the annexation and transfer of various services. The MUDs will continue to update residents as more information becomes available. This annexation does not include Fort Bend County Levee Improvement District No. 11, which will remain as a separate political subdivision and continue normal flood protection and outfall drainage operations.

Notice – Garbage/Recycling Collection Holiday
November 1, 2016

Garbage and recycling will not be collected on Thanksgiving (Thursday, November 24th). Neighborhoods with Monday/Thursday service will resume garbage service on Monday, November 28th, and will resume recycling service on Thursday, December 1st.

Christmas Day falls on Sunday, December 25th, so residents will not experience an interruption in garbage or recycling collection services.

New Years Day falls on Sunday, January 1st, so residents will not experience an interruption in garbage or recycling collection services.

To see when garbage collection occurs in your neighborhood, please refer to the map image on the “trash” page of this website.

Greatwood MUDs and LID Adopt 2016 Tax Rates
October 11, 2016

The Greatwood MUDs are pleased to announce that due to several years of careful planning, fiscal responsibility and increases in value by the Fort Bend Central Appraisal District, all MUDs and the LID lowered their tax rates for the 2016 tax year. The chart below shows the 2016 tax rates adopted by the MUDs and LID.

 
FB MUD 106
FB MUD 108
FB MUD 109
FB MUD 117
FBL 11
New 2016 Tax Rate
$0.30
$0.19
$0.34
$0.43
$0.20
2015 Tax Rate
$0.345
$0.29
$0.44
$0.48
$0.205
2016 Reduction Total
$0.045
$0.10
$0.10
$0.05
$0.005


Fort Bend County Levee Systems Functioning as Designed
June 3, 2016

Fort Bend County, TX – Amidst flooding of the Brazos River, Social Media is reporting breached levees in several areas of Fort Bend County. FBC OEM would like to reassure citizens that ALL levees are working as designed with no issues expected. Areas surrounded by levees may experience access issues as streets leading in and out of the area are outside of the levee. Levee Improvement Districts are working day and night to ensure proper function of the elaborate levee systems in place all over the county. Citizens are asked to monitor Fort Bend County Office of Emergency Management’s Facebook Page for verified information updates, visit fbcoem.org, or call 281-342-6185.

http://www.fbcoem.org/go/doc/1528/2837058/

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Brazos River Update
June 1, 2016

With the severe weather and flooding events in our area, Fort Bend County Levee Improvement District No. 11 would like to update you regarding the current status, as well as the steps being taken to protect the community. Our Emergency Action Plan is in place and will be followed accordingly. Coordination with the City of Sugar Land and Fort Bend County is still taking place so our operator and engineer are in constant communication with them.

Based on what we are seeing, the Brazos River is holding at an elevation of 54.71' at the closest measuring point (Richmond, Texas), which is a record. Everything is still looking very good. We have water on the bottom of the levee, but we have plenty of freeboard (extra height) still to go and are seeing no signs of any issues. Our operator, LMS, made inspection rounds throughout the day yesterday, last night, and into the morning and will continue that schedule until all water has receded from the levee.

The National Weather Service is forecasting anywhere from 3 to 8 inches of rain in the Fort Bend County area over the next few days. There could be isolated pockets of heavy rains. With this rainfall, the river will likely rise to 55’. There is a small possibility that these rains could cause the river to rise as high as 56’. With this forecast, there will still be plenty of freeboard on the levee. Residents may see levels in the detention ponds and channels rise rapidly during these storm events. The channels and ponds are designed to store the water during these events. The water will slowly drop as the storm water pump station pumps this water into the Brazos River. Ponding water in the streets is possible during these events. Please avoid driving through these areas if possible and do not park your cars on the street.

For your safety, please do not stop on any bridges over the Brazos River to look at the flooding. Look out for dangerous wildlife that has been displaced due to the floods: snakes, fire ants, etc. Do not approach any wildlife that may be in the area, including deer.

How Brazos River Levels are Measured
June 1, 2016

The engineer of Fort Bend County Levee Improvement District No. 11 provided the following explanation, which may help better explain how Brazos River levels are measured:

The Richmond gauge is not an elevation. If it reads 50, that correlates to an elevation of 77.94 feet at Richmond. Also, the river water surface is on a gradient or slope. Therefore the elevation at Richmond will not be the same as the elevation in Greatwood. The Brazos River is expected to crest at gauge height 53.5, Richmond (elevation 81.44 feet), but when it reaches Greatwood about 10-12 hours later, the elevation will be 73.75 feet. The lowest top of levee elevation in Greatwood is 77.1 feet which is along the back side adjacent to Rabbs Bayou. The elevation in Rabbs Bayou is lower due to its connection to the River downstream of Greatwood. The highest levee elevation of the levee in Greatwood is 80.70 feet, which is along the frontage of the river. Even with the projected crest of 53.5 feet, the levee in Greatwood will still have approximately 3 feet of free board (the amount of distance from the water to the top of the levee).

Brazos River Update
May 31, 2016

Based on what we are seeing, we are about 10 hours away from the crest of the Brazos River. Currently, the River is at 53.19' at the closest measuring point (Richmond, Texas), which is a record. The River is still projected to 53.5'. Everything is still looking very good. We have water on the bottom of the levee, but we have plenty of freeboard (extra height) still to go and are seeing no signs of any issues. Our operator, LMS, made inspection rounds throughout the day yesterday, last night, and into the morning and will continue that schedule until all water has receded from the levee.

With no rain in our area so far, internal water levels in our detention ponds and drainage channels have not been an issue and only minor pumping is taking place to relieve overnight runoff.

Brazos River Update
May 29, 2016

The District is using its storm water pump stations to outfall storm water from inside the levee if needed. The gates to the Brazos river are closed. All internal water levels in our detention ponds and drainage channels are at normal levels and the District is pumping as needed. Water level in the river has not reached the bottom of the levee. All flap gates are cleared and sealed. We have no issues to report at this time and no unmet needs.

Brazos River Update
May 28, 2016

The Brazos River is currently approximately 46 feet and still rising. The National Weather Service is projecting the River to crest at 53.5 feet late Monday night or Tuesday morning and is expected to stay above 50 feet for a few days after the crest before it starts to recede.

As of now, in our District (Fort Bend County LID 11), storm water pumping operations are underway. All gates leading out to the Brazos River are sealed tight and there are no signs of any issues or concerns. As the River begins to rise above 49 feet, you will see water on the bottom of the levee. The District's operator will continue to monitor the District and inspect for any potential issues. The District's operator has staged ATV vehicles throughout different parts of the Fort Bend County to allow travel to the District's levee should roads be impassible due to high water. In addition, our Operator has our emergency operations building ready and manned. The District's engineer and operator continue to coordinate with the City of Sugar Land and Fort Bend County. Even at the projected crest, the District's levee is built to exceed the 100 year flood plain. Per the District's operator, all resources are covered at this point, and the District does not currently have any unmet needs.

Severe Weather Update
May 27, 2016

With the severe weather in our area and surrounding areas, the Greatwood Districts and Fort Bend County Levee Improvement District No. 11 (“LID 11”) would like to update you regarding the current status, as well as steps being taken to protect our community. Our Emergency Action Plan is in place, emergency signs are ready to be posted and our emergency radio system is ready to be activated, all if needed. Also, LID 11’s new emergency operations building is ready to be used by our operators during emergencies.

Up to date water levels and additional information regarding the Brazos River can be obtained at http://www.fbcoem.org. Currently, LID 11’s operator is monitoring water levels and drainage facilities within the District 24 hours a day. The District’s pumps will be turned on when necessary and all systems and facilities are functioning properly. Residents within the community should anticipate higher than normal water levels in the lakes and drainage channels. Ponding water in the streets should also be anticipated and is a normal part of the overall drainage and flood projection system. Please avoid driving through those areas and do not park your cars in your streets or driveways; cars should be housed in the garage to avoid rising water.

The Greatwood MUDs’ operator is monitoring the water and wastewater treatment plants to ensure they are functioning properly. Also, should there be a power outage, the Greatwood Districts have emergency generators to operate our water and sewer systems and our storm water pumps. These generators were recently topped off with fuel, are regularly tested and maintenanced, and are ready for action if needed. Please continue to check this website and the Fort Bend County Office of Emergency Management’s website at http://www.fbcoem.org for additional information as it becomes available.

Debris Can Cause Clogging of Storm Drains
May 5, 2016

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 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.

Debris and Storm Drains

Lawn Care and Stormwater
February 29, 2016

Proper lawn care can go a long way to prevent unnecessary stormwater pollution in your community. Download guide ( PDF ).

Notice of Increase in City of Sugar Land Fire Protection Fee
December 21, 2015

Years ago the Greatwood Districts entered into a Fire Protection Agreement with the City of Sugar Land to build a fire station in Greatwood to bring us quick fire protection despite being outside the City limits. At the time, the closest fire station to Greatwood was many miles and heavy traffic away from us. The City operates the station and charges a mandatory monthly fire protection fee. The City just increased the monthly fire protection fee for Greatwood from $10.64 to $20.32. The Greatwood Districts charge residents only the amount we are charged by the City; there is no “add on.” For commercial properties, the charge is per each 2,000 square feet. You will see this big adjustment on your next water and sewer bill.

Eventual Annexation of Greatwood Districts
December 21, 2015

Directors of the Greatwood MUDs frequently receive inquiries regarding the annexation into and dissolution of the MUDs by the City of Sugar Land (“City”). Pursuant to the Strategic Partnership Agreement with the City: “The City shall provide the Districts with at least one (1) year prior written notice of the date of the Annexation.” The MUDs have not received any notice from the City. The date of annexation and dissolution is determined solely by City.

Brazos River Update
December 16, 2015

Residents -

According to the National Weather Service, the Brazos River in Fort Bend County is expected to crest Thursday morning, December 17, 2015. The current National Weather Service projections for the Brazos River put the crest at 42.3 feet several feet below the toe of the levee protecting Greatwood.

Residents within the community should anticipate higher than normal water levels in the lakes and drainage channels. If there is additional rainfall in the area, ponding water in the streets should also be anticipated and is a normal part of the overall drainage and flood projection system. Please avoid driving through those areas in that event. Water in the street should recede as the rain subsides.

According to LMS, LID 11’s operator, all of the District’s levee and drainage facilities are functioning normally at this time. The current and projected River levels are within the design parameters of the levee system.

The District will provide further updates on our website if conditions materially change during the remainder of the week.

Greatwood Districts New Meeting Places
November 20, 2015

The current meeting place of the Greatwood Districts will no longer be available beginning December, 2015. The Board of Directors of each district have selected new regular monthly meeting places, effective December 1, 2015, which are as follows:

Fort Bend County Municipal Utility District No. 106:
Independent Bank, 19855 Southwest Freeway #100, Sugar Land, TX 77479

Fort Bend County Municipal Utility District No. 108:
Independent Bank, 19855 Southwest Freeway #100, Sugar Land, TX 77479

Fort Bend County Municipal Utility District No. 109:
Si Environmental, LLC, 6420 Reading Road, Rosenberg TX 77471

Fort Bend County Municipal Utility District No. 117:
Independent Bank, 19855 Southwest Freeway #100, Sugar Land, TX 77479

Fort Bend County Levee Improvement District No. 11:
RiverPark Subdivision Recreation Center, 5875 Summit Creek Dr., Sugar Land, Texas 77479

Meeting days and times will remain the same. All meeting places are open to the public. All residents and taxpayers of the District and all other interested persons are invited to attend any meetings of the Board of Directors at such locations and other locations previously established by the Board of Directors as meeting places of the District.

Greatwood MUDs and LID Adopt 2015 Tax Rates
October 19, 2015

The Greatwood MUDs and LID are pleased to announce that due to several years of careful planning, fiscal responsibility and increases in value by the Fort Bend Central Appraisal District, all districts lowered their tax rates for the 2015 tax year. The chart below shows the 2015 tax rates adopted by the MUDs and LID.

 
FB MUD 106
FB MUD 108
FB MUD 109
FB MUD 117
FB MUD 11
Adopted 2015 Tax Rate
$0.345
$0.29
$0.44
$0.48
$0.205
2014 Tax Rate
$0.46
$0.41
$0.62
$0.65
$0.225
2015 Reduction Total
$0.115
$0.12
$0.18
$0.17
$0.02


Fort Bend County Levee Improvement District No. 11 (“LID 11”) approves proposal for eyelash bed plantings
September 4, 2015

In compliance with LID 11’s wetlands permit, the Board of Directors of LID 11 approved a proposal for the installation of new plants along the some of the District’s eyelash beds in the main lake. Planting will occur in the spring to optimize establishment. Below is a rendering of possible planting options as well as the locations of installation.

Click on the image below to see a detailed version of the eyelash beds:



Eventual Annexation of Greatwood Districts
August 25, 2015

The Board of Directors of the Greatwood Districts (“Districts”) have received several inquiries regarding the annexation into and dissolution of the Districts by the City of Sugar Land (“City”). Pursuant to the Strategic Partnership Agreement with the City: “The City shall provide the Districts with at least one (1) year prior written notice of the date of the Annexation.” The Districts have not received such notice to date. The date of annexation and dissolution is determined by City.

Recycle collection services UPGRADE
August 3, 2015

Each resident will be provided a new green 64 gallon recycle cart by the end of September.

Red recycle bins will be collected on your last recycle collection day in September.

Please leave the red recycle bin at the curb after recycle bin content has been emptied on the last collection day in September (Thursday recycle collection September 24/Friday recycle collection September 25), a separate crew will come through to collect the empty 18 gallon red recycle bins.

If you do not want the larger green 64 gallon recycle cart, and would rather continue to use the red 18 gallon recycle bin you currently have, or would prefer to keep the red 18 gallon bin to use in addition to the new 64 gallon recycle cart, please contact Best Trash, 281-313-2378, prior to Monday September, 18 2015.

New green recycle carts will be delivered at the end of September. It will take several days to deliver new recycle carts to each resident, if you do not have a new green recycle cart by Wednesday September 30, please contact Best Trash.

Best Trash takes great pride in recycling. Ensuring the best recycle program for our customers takes time and effort by both parties. Please remove caps, liquids and food products from containers. Please only use the recycle carts for recyclable materials, not as an extra trash container.

Best Trash will collect all paper products (including cardboard), plastics 1-7, aluminum and tin cans and all colors of glass that are placed within the provided recycling container. To conserve space in your recycle cart, please flatten all boxes and condense all plastic containers. If items exceed container capacity, please place them adjacent to the cart labeled “RECYCLE” in containers, bags, boxes or bins up to 40 gallons in size. Best Trash will provide each current resident with one green 64 gallon recycle cart. Best Trash will replace any carts that are defective or otherwise become unusable due to normal wear and tear. Lost or stolen carts can be replaced at $65.00 each by calling Best Trash at 281-313-2378.

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The Scoop on Poop
March 6, 2015

Find out how pet waste affect our water quality.

Do Not Flush List
January 7, 2015

Did you know? Some paper products and wipes are advertised as ‘flushable’ but they really aren’t. They will flush down, but they won’t flush OUT. Wipes and other paper products won’t decompose… they get caught up in wastewater treatment plant screens and filters. That costs lots money to clear and repair! Wipes and other non-decomposing objects cost the residents of Greatwood over $700,000 in the last 3 years for maintenance and repair of our sanitary sewer system!

Please help protect water quality and our environment — and prevent costly sanitary sewer system repairs, as well!

PLEASE REMEMBER THIS DO NOT FLUSH LIST!
diapers
paper towels
facial tissue
cotton swabs baby wipes
adult wipes
hair
gum wrappers
candy wrappers
facial pads
dental floss
cigarettes
cotton balls
scoops of kitty litter
women’s hygiene products
all purpose cleaning wipes
adhesive bandages
makeup remover wipes

http://www.sjra.net/woodlands/flush/index.php#.VKxlw5XnZjo

Phase 2 to Regulate Quality of Stormwater
The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) issued the Texas Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (TPDES) General Permit Number TXR040000 (the permit) on December 13, 2013, with an effective date of December 13, 2013. This is phase 2 of a permit to regulate the quality of stormwater that discharges from within Greatwood. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has ordered the State of Texas to improve the quality of stormwater runoff. The first phase of the permit was a 5 year permit; phase 2 of the permit will regulate stormwater for the next 5 years.

View Diagram of Texas Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (TPDES)

Hurricane Preparedness
June 5, 2014
Hurricane season is here! Click here to view hurricane preparedness information from the American Red Cross.

In Case of Emergency: Greatwood MUD Disaster Information
June 5, 2014
The Greatwood Districts have two static message boards and the ability to broadcast by radio (tune to 95.3 FM) to provide information to residents in emergency situations. The static message boards will be placed in front of Dickinson Elementary School on Sansbury Boulevard and at the Brazos River turn around entrance on Riverbrook Drive. In addition, the Greatwood Districts will place small informational signs strategically throughout the Greatwood community. As a storm is approaching, information will be posted on the static message boards and on the website, www.greatwooddistricts.com.

The Greatwood Districts established a Disaster Preparedness Committee composed of one director from each of the Greatwood Districts. This Committee was established after Hurricane Ike to evaluate emergency plans for Greatwood’s water and sewer system. Since the Committee was established, the Greatwood MUDs have purchased portable generators that can be pulled behind trucks to run lift stations and continue to treat wastewater in the event of a power outage. This is in addition to the permanent generators that are in place at the water plants and the wastewater treatment plant. The Committee continues to review and modify the plans periodically and in advance of each hurricane season.

Wetland Planning Update
During routine inspections of the LID’s operator, LMS, and as reinforced by inquiries from Greatwood residents, the LID is looking into how to improve the wetland planning beds within the large lake, particularly along Greatwood Lake Drive. Upon completion of the lake edge reconstruction project, the LID did plant wetland plants within these beds, which are enjoyed by all Greatwood residents, but required by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as part of the Lids wetlands permit. Unfortunately, shortly after planting, the lake level dropped which caused some of the wetland plants to die. The LID is investigating the cause in the fall of the lake level as well as determining best steps to prevent this from re-occurring. Once it is determined the cause of the water level fall and the best way to prevent it, the LID is committed to re-establishing plants that are attractive to the residents, but also conform to the wetlands permit.

AWBD President’s Blog
http://blog.awbd-tx.org/

City of Sugar Land Increases Fire Protection Fee
The City of Sugar Land increased the fire protection fee from $10.24 to $10.42, effective September 1, 2013, for fire protection services provided to the Greatwood Districts by the City. Per each District’s Rate Order, the fire protection fee is a pass through fee, so residents will see the increase implemented on their next water bill.

City of Sugar Land Increases Pumpage Fee
The Greatwood Districts are under mandate to participate in a Groundwater Reduction Plan (“GRP”). The Greatwood Districts participate in the City of Sugar Land GRP. The City informed the Greatwood Districts the pumpage fee per 1,000 gallons will be increasing substantially. Each of the Greatwood Districts reviewed its Rate Order and budget and determined the GRP fee will be $2.47. The increase will be reflected on the December water bill. Residents will be notified of the increased rates on upcoming water bills, and the Greatwood Districts’ website, following the Boards’ decisions of amount and effective dates.

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