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.

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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