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The District Journal – Official Newsletter of Houston City Council District J

SWAT and Ditches... Keeping the Rainwater Flowing


On Wednesday, January 11th, City Council voted unanimously to approve Mayor Turner's new "SWAT" program. The Storm Water Action Team program is the latest innovation of Mayor Turner's and Steve Costello's, Chief Resiliency Officer (the City's new flooding czar), work to identify local projects that will help reduce and efficiently direct the flow of flood waters.

The SWAT team's goals include:

  1. Reducing localized drainage problems by focusing on upgrading and renovating storm sewers and outfalls;
  2. Regrading roadside ditches and replacing culverts, and;
  3. Clearing and desilting off-road ditches and detention ponds.

Council allocated $10 million for the initial phase of this work. With nearly 100 local projects already on the proposed list, each council district will receive two projects for completion in this first phase.

District J's projects include:

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  1. 9238 Tooley Drive in Braeburn Valley West. The project will include a repair of a collapsed 60 inch culvert and restoration of a washed out, caved in bankside at the point of outflow into Keegans Bayou.
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  3. Bedford Project in Braeburn Gardens (west of Beltway 8 at West Bellfort). This project will clean and repair roadside ditches and replace undersized or collapsed culverts. Additional District J projects will be added to the list upon completion of the first two projects.


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Osage ditch entrance ramp at Bellaire

By now, you have probably noticed the progress being made on the new access ramp to the Osage Ditch at Bellaire Blvd. in Sharpstown Sec. 5. Another set of ramps are scheduled for construction near the Bintliff ditch where it meets Langdon in Sharpstown Sec. 1. These ramps will allow for more direct access to the ditches so that modern sized equipment can more readily gain access for much needed maintenance.

Residents of the Larkwood community have watched as City crews have worked to clean their portion of the Bintliff ditch between Bissonnet and Braes Bayou. Combating flooding and protecting our neighborhoods is never-ending work. Hopefully, these efforts will make our homes and businesses safer.

Thank You,
- Council Member Mike Laster, District J

The Week in Pictures

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The Super Bowl LI Touchdown Tour landed in District J on Saturday, January 7th

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A joint meeting of Houston City Council and Harris County Commissioners Court to confirm Janiece M. Longoria as Chairman to the Houston Port Authority Commission

Sharpstown Health Fair

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The Cascajal Foundation, in conjunction with the Health & Human Services Department, will be hosting a health fair and forum on cancer prevention in District J. The Spanish-language event will be held from 9am until noon on Saturday, January 21st at the Sharpstown Community Center, located at 6600 Harbor Town Drive. The forum will feature experts from MD Anderson Cancer Center.

For a copy of the program, please click the link provided.

Lunar New Year

The Lunar New Year is January 28th this year. There are multiple celebrations taking place in and around District J to celebrate the Year of the Rooster!

The Chinese Community Center's event is:


February 4 & 5, 10am to 6pm at the Viet Hoa Center @ Beltway Plaza, 8388 W. Sam Houston Parkway South 77072

21st Annual Texas Lunar New Year Celebration

The event will take place on Saturday, February 4, 2017 in-front of Southern News Group Building, located at 11122 Bellaire Blvd., Houston, Texas 77072.

Happy Year of the Rooster!