Emergency Operations Update – Heavy Rain Event

Fort Bend County Levee Improvement District No. 15 (LID 15) is forecasted to receive 0.5 to 2 inches of rain during the overnight hours Friday, December 15. The latest forecast and information from the National Weather Service is included below.  Fortunately, the Brazos River is at low levels that do not impact drainage inside the LID 15 levee.  The LID 15 pump stations and portable pumps are exercised monthly, and operators are available to run the pumps, if needed.  Based on the current forecast, the District does not anticipate that the pumps will be operated.

During any heavy rain event there may be street ponding or flooding if the storm drains are overwhelmed and back up.  As rainfall decreases, the storm sewers will catch up, and any water in the streets will recede.  Never drive into high water.

National Weather Service

2023 Tax Update: Tax Statements Delayed

Fort Bend County has announced there will be a delay in the mailing of property tax statements due to the recent constitutional amendment election in Texas.

The Fort Bend County Tax Office is working to have statements mailed by mid-December. LID 15 taxpayers receive a consolidated tax statement from the Fort Bend County Tax Assessor/Collector, which also includes County and Fort Bend ISD tax bills.

On September 18, 2023, the LID 15 Board of Directors unanimously voted to reduce the 2023 tax rate to $0.30 (per $100 of assessed value). This is a $0.04, or 12%, reduction compared to the 2022 tax rate, and it will lower the tax bill on the average home by $41.

Wetland Plant Maintenance

The development of Riverstone required a permit from the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). As part of the USACE permit, the District is required to construct and maintain 25 acres of wetlands areas under strict federal requirements. The 25-acre requirement includes multiple wetland planting beds in the lakes throughout Riverstone. These wetland beds were purposefully created in the lakes to help improve water quality. Wetlands Park on LJ Parkway and the Cypress Bend greenbelt along the Club at Riverstone Trail also include protected wetlands.

There are a variety of “desirable” wetland plant species LID 15 must establish under the USACE permit, but the District is limited to the maintenance that can be performed on “undesirable” or invasive plants. In recent months, the lack of rain has resulted in lower lake levels, allowing more weeds to grow in wetland areas that are typically underwater. During the peak of drought conditions in August and September, maintenance crews were able to cut back the plant material in these beds, particularly in the dry areas most impacted by the drought. Wetland maintenance crews also continue to treat invasive species by hand. As conditions improve in the fall, the District will resume transplanting desirable plants and continue to improve the aesthetics of the wetlands. LID 15 residents are cautioned not to cut or trim any plants in the wetland areas, but they are encouraged to contact LID 15 directly with any maintenance concerns.

Riverstone Lake with Multiple Wetland Plant Beds

Riverstone Lake with Multiple Wetland Plant Beds