5.20.16

Read the Tuesday's Houston Chronicle article "Threats to prairie show tension between growth, flood protection" written by Mike Snyder regarding Harris County's Major Thoroughfare proposed changes.

5.17.16

The initial public meetings scheduled for April were cancelled due to the Tax Day Flood. Waller County has now rescheduled the public planning meetings so that people living, working, or interested in the future of Waller County have an opportunity to discuss its future growth and development. Topics of note include Drainage & Flooding as well as Parks and Open Space. Please attend and make it known that the Katy Prairie has a strong positive impact on the future of Waller County.  Please see flyer for more detail.

 Click here for talking points to use in the upcoming meetings.

Please email Jennifer Powis if you are interested in attending this meeting and would like to receive talking points for the meeting.

4.21.16

Waller County is hosting public meetings to gain input on priorities for their county-wide strategic planning effort. Among other things, the topics will include parks, open space, drainage, and flooding. Residents of Waller County, as well as individuals who work, volunteer, recreate, or simply enjoy what the County has to offer, are welcomed to attend the meetings.

The first two meetings have had to be rescheduled and more information will be provided as it becomes available. 

Attend one of the meetings next week (April 25 and 26) to let Waller County officials know why you value the prairie.

  • Monday, April 25 at 6:30 pm | Precinct 3
    Carden-Waller Cooperative Extension Building
    250 E.M. Norris St.
    Prairie View, TX 77446
  • Tuesday, April 26 at 6:30 pm | Precinct 4
    Royal High School Auditorium
    34499 Royal Road
    Brookshire, TX 77423

Click here to receive talking points for the upcoming meetings.

12.17.14

The Houston-Galveston Area Council (H-GAC) is holding meetings to present their 2040 Regional Transportation Plan to the general public. This plan includes a port connector route (Highway 36 and 36A) that would pass near or through Katy Prairie Preserves. The exact routes have not been determined, but we need your help to let them know that a route through or close to our preserves would be detrimental for regional health.

Attend one of the meetings today, December 17th, to learn about the plan in relation to Air Quality, or tomorrow, December 18th, to learn about the plan in relation to the Greater West Houston Mobility Plan.

  • Wednesday, December 17 from 12 pm - 1 pm | with Air Quality Conformity Findings
    Houston Galveston Area Council, 3555 Timmons Lane, 2nd Floor, Room A, Houston, TX 77027
     
  • Wednesday, December 17 from 12 pm - 1 pm | with Air Quality Conformity Findings
    Houston Galveston Area Council, 3555 Timmons Lane, 2nd Floor, Room A, Houston, TX 77027
     
  • Thursday, December 18 from 6 pm - 8 pm | with Greater West Houston Mobility Plan
    Wolfe Elementary School, 502 Addicks-Howell Rd., Houston, TX 77079 

Visit the H-GAC website to learn more about the plan and make a comment during the Public Comment Period that ends on Friday, January 9, 2015 at 5 pm.

11.14.14

Thank you to everyone who submitted comments to CenterPoint on the Brazes Valley Connection Project!  Click HERE to read KPC's own letter to CenterPoint.

Remember to check back for updates as CenterPoint considers the comments and moves forward with the project.

11.07.14

Read the today's Houston Chronicle article on the transmission lines threatening the Katy Prairie.

Help us make sure that the lines DO NOT cross KPC’s conservation lands. November 11, 2014 is the deadline to submit your comments by writing to:

Wes Padgett, Brazos Valley Connection CCN Project Manager/CenterPoint Energy Transmission Operations, CNP-T 14th Floor
P.O. Box 1700
Houston, TX 77251-1700
Phone: (800) 416-9625
Email: info@brazosvalleyconnection.com

Click HERE for more information and key points for your letter or email.

10.29.14

If you would like to know more about the proposed Hwy 36A and its impact on the Katy Prairie, we have a great presentation available for your civic group, homeowners association, or other community organization. Give us a call at 713.523.6135 for more information or to schedule a presentation for your group!

Would you like to volunteer to make presentations on HWY 36A and its impact on the Katy Prairie? If you are interested, we will be setting up more training sessions soon to help volunteers understand the issue, view the presentation, and practice giving the presentation. Call Ilsi at 713.523.6135 to let us know that you are interested and we will let you know the training schedule.

10.23.14

CenterPoint Energy is proposing a high-voltage transmission line to bring power from Dallas to the Houston Area.  While one route will ultimately be selected, most of the proposed routes would adversely impact KPC's conservation lands.  CenterPoint has posted a notice of public hearings (click here for all public hearing meeting dates).  Please consider attending a meeting to learn more about the project and voice your concerns about the impact on the Katy Prairie Preserve.

05.20.14

Voice your concerns at tomorrow's meeting! KPC supporters and residents of Waller County should recommend that the Court allocate the $15K (Waller County's share of the study costs) without adopting the resolution that supports all of the initiatives of the Hwy 36A Coalition. If the resolution is adopted, ask that the Court amend the resolution to include protection of important cultural and natural resources and assets in Waller County should a road be needed.  For more talking points click HERE.

05.19.14

The resolution in support of the initiatives of the Hwy 36A Coalition has been put back on the Agenda for Wednesday, May 21, 2014.  Unfortunately, no changes have been made to the language to address the concerns raised by KPC and Waller County residents at the public workshop on May 7th.  

We highly encourage KPC supporters and residents of Waller County to attend the meeting.  We will have talking points available for anyone who would like to participate in the public comment.  The meeting will be held at the Waller County Courthouse in Hempstead at 9:00 AM.  You must be there before 8:50 to sign up and you will have three (3) minutes to speak.  

05.02.14

The Waller County Commissioner’s Court (WCCC) met on Wednesday, April 30, 2014.  An item on the agenda - to approve the objectives of the Hwy 36A Coalition- was withdrawn from the agenda.  The Court determined that a workshop should be scheduled to discuss the Hwy 36A Coalition and the proposed resolution in order to hear from the public and to explore the subject in more depth.  Even though the item had been withdrawn, a number of citizens and the Katy Prairie Conservancy expressed their opposition to the need for quick action and asked for more time for public input.

The workshop is scheduled for Wednesday, May 7, 2014 at 9:15 AM at the Waller County Courthouse in Hempstead.  It should be an informal session that allows people to ask questions directly to the Commissioners and representatives of the Hwy 36A Coalition.  No decisions will be made at the workshop, but it is very important to take this opportunity to learn about the Hwy 36A Coalition's plan for Waller County. If you are a resident of Waller County or a supporter of the Katy Prairie, please plan on attending to voice your concerns.

04.29.14

The Waller County Commissioners will consider a resolution in support of the objectives of the HWY 36A Coalition, including securing additional study funds from the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT).

If you are interested in attending the Commissioners Court and speaking during its 9 AM public session on Wednesday, April 30, 2014, we have provided some background below.  The meeting will be held at the Waller County Courthouse in Hempstead.  You mustbe there before 8:50 to sign up and you will have three (3) minutes to speak.  We hope that you will provide your personal comments to the Commissioners.

1. The construction of a new four-lane highway through Waller County, a part of the proposed HWY 36A, is a matter that will impact the character of the region and its residents’ quality of life. 

2. While the Commissioners and others who have been involved in developing the highway proposal have had their say, residents of Waller County may not have had the same opportunity. Before approving the resolution, input from Waller County residents should be included in any discussion on moving forward. 

3. Some of the issues that residents may want to ask the Commissioners include:

  • How will the proposed route affect traffic in the region?
  • What properties might be purchased or taken to build the road?
  • What natural resources will be destroyed to build the highway?
  • How will wildlife be affected?
  • The road is being proposed to accommodate freight traffic from Gulf ports, as well as providing storm evacuation capacity.  But what, if any, local benefits will the road provide, and at what cost?

4.    The original proposed route of the road through Waller County would cross KPC’s conservation lands.  We have been told that it is not the intention of the proponents of HWY 36A to insist on this exact routing, though they still anticipate the expressway and port traffic would pass very close to conservation lands.  If you are a volunteer for KPC or a visitor, hunter, or birder who enjoys and cares about the prairie, please let the Commissioners know that any highway proposal that would adversely affect the prairie and associated conservation lands is ill advised and counterproductive.\

03.06.14

Some good coverage of last Friday's meeting, including a good picture of the full audience: 
H-GAC votes for resolution to study Hwy. 36A feasibility

03.03.14

Thanks to an overwhelming outpouring of letters, emails, phone calls, and visits from Katy Prairie supporters to key decision makers, members of the Transportation Policy Council at H-GAC approved a resolution regarding the HWY 36A study that included two new goals that help protect the Katy Prairie:

WHEREAS, significant environmental resources such as the Brazos River, headwaters of Cypress Creek, and the Katy Prairie support critical habitat for wildlife and native vegetation while preserving surface and subsurface water supplies. Therefore, the protection and enhancement of these resources are a necessary outcome in the assessment of feasible transportation alternatives,

WHEREAS, the Katy Prairie is a significant natural regional resource that should be preserved and enhanced for the benefit of current and future generations and, although all feasible alternatives should be investigated in this study, it is neither the intention nor in the regional interest to build on land that is currently under control or ownership of the Katy Prairie Conservancy.

KPC and other conservation groups fully intend to participate in the process to create a new model of planning that treats ecological and environmental concerns as of utmost and fundamental importance, and that reconciles transportation needs with natural imperatives, not the other way round.  Once natural assets are lost, they are lost forever.  If approved by the Transportation Policy Council, this model will guide the HWY 36A study.

You are an integral part of our team so please stay up to date and to continue letting your voices be heard.  Together we can make sure that HWY 36 does not degrade or imperil the Katy Prairie Preserve System.

Thanks from all of us at the Katy Prairie Conservancy.

02.27.14

We look forward to seeing everyone at the H-GAC Transportation Policy Council Meeting tomorrow! 

Here are a few key talking points. Do not feel compelled to use any of these, but be sure to share your own personal interest in why the Katy Prairie should be saved.

  • Is there really a need for the road?  
  • If the study demonstrates a need for a road, locate it so that the road and subsequent development do not harm the Katy Prairie Preserve or degrade the Katy Prairie ecosystem.
  • The Katy Prairie is recognized as a Global Important Bird Area – the platinum standard for bird conservation worldwide. How would a road do anything but ruin that? There are no environmentally friendly roads for birds.
  • Please comment on what the Katy Prairie Preserve means to you and why it should be preserved.

Click HERE to see what the Houston Chronicle blog said about tomorrow's meeting.