Reforestation Program – Oyster Creek Greenbelt and the Nature Preserve Initiative

In November 2016, the Parks Committee and the Board of Directors approved a program that allows residents living adjacent to the Oyster Creek Greenbelt and the Nature Preserve a mechanism to install new trees in these District common areas. At the request of the residents living adjacent to these areas and the recreational users of these common areas, the Parks Committee developed a program whereas residents can pay for the purchase and installation of a native tree in a location mutually agreeable to the resident and the District. Because of the interest in this program the District is extending it for the Spring 2020 planting.

The purpose of the Reforestation Program is:

  • To provide individual residents the opportunity to install a tree behind their home
  • To promote the installation of new native trees along the greenbelt to ensure a native population of varying maturity
  • To educate the community regarding the positive environmental impacts of reforestation
  • To preserve property values
  • To enhance the quality of life for recreational users of the OCG and the Nature Preserve
  • To maintain or enhance wildlife habitat
  • To sequester carbon dioxide

The program’s success will be monitored and it may be expanded in the future. To review the Reforestation Program in its entirety you may follow this link to the District’s website:

http://www.fbmud146.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/fbmud146_reforestation_-program_20161109.pdf

Questions and / or comments may be directed to http://www.fbmud146.org/contact/.

North Fort Bend Water Authority Fee Increase

Effective January 1, 2020, the North Fort Bend Water Authority (NFBWA) is increasing its mandated surface water fee from $4.00 per 1,000 gallons to $4.30 per 1,000 gallons. This Subsidence District mandated fee, reflected as a separate line item on your water bill, is paid directly to the NFBWA and is used to design, build and operate new infrastructure, which delivers surface water to your district.

For more information about the NFBWA, please visit www.nfbwa.com.

Crime Prevention Tips

The holiday season is upon us and while we are all preparing for family festivities, criminals are preparing for opportunities to take advantage of your holiday shopping spree!  The December holiday season historically sees an increase in criminal activities, but motor vehicle theft is one of the most common criminal activities that takes place year-round.

As a homeowner there are a number of things you can do to help avoid being the victim of this type of activity:

  • Always remove your keys, roll up windows, and lock your car. Never leave your keys in the car while you are away, even if your car is parked in your garage.
  • Do not leave valuables in your car, even if they are out of sight. If you have to leave something valuable in your vehicle lock it in the trunk.  If a criminal sees items of value in a vehicle then they are more likely to break into that vehicle.
  • The most common items stolen from vehicles are:
    • GPS Devices
    • DVD Players
    • Handguns
    • Money
    • Briefcases
    • Laptop Computers
    • Purses
    • Smartphones
    • Tools
  • If possible, park your car in your garage, next best alternative is your driveway. Try to avoid street parking, cars parked on the street are broken into more frequently then cars parked in a driveway.
  • Always activate your car alarm if you have one.
  • Report any suspicious activity immediately to the Sheriff’s or Constable’s Office.

The Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office also offers a number of great tips for improving security measures of a residence, as well as a check list of items to be considered before leaving for vacation.  Click on or type the following link to view this information:

https://www.fortbendcountytx.gov/government/departments/administration-of-justice/sheriff-s-office/community-services/crime-prevention-tips.

To report suspicious activity or non-emergency criminal activities you may call:

  • Fort Bend County Constable Precinct 4 – (281) 242-4014
  • Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office – (281) 342-6116

Avoiding Winter Weather Catastrophes

Winter is just around the corner for those of us in Southeast Texas. We’ve already seen a couple of nights where temperatures hovered (although briefly) around the freezing mark. As we move into December, January and February, we’ll see more nights with colder temperatures for longer periods of time. Now is the time to be winterizing your home. Below are some tips to help make it through the freezing temperatures.

When water freezes it expands. This can be bad news for water systems as the expansion can cause pipes and valves to burst. The best way to protect against bursting pipes in your irrigation system is to drain the system to relieve any pressure. The underground piping for your sprinkler system is protected by the ground itself as it acts as an insulator. The most susceptible parts of your irrigation system are the backflow preventers and shutoff valves that are usually located above ground in that U-shaped piping. Wrapping the pipes, valves and backflow preventer with insulation after closing the main irrigation valve and draining the system is the easiest way to avoid costly repairs.

Exposed pipes in your home should also be insulated to protect them from freezing. Don’t forget those exposed pipes in your attic that may be susceptible. Outside water faucets and garden hoses can also hold water that may freeze and expand. Make sure garden hoses are disconnected from water sources and drained. Exposed water faucets should also be insulated. These pre-freezing tips can help you avoid headaches and expensive repairs down the road.

We Want to Hear From You

Fort Bend County Municipal Utility District No. 146 (FBCMUD 146) strives to keep the content on the District’s website current and relevant to the residents of the District. The District’s website contains numerous articles related to projects, initiatives, services, meetings and other general information that as a resident keeps you informed about living in a municipal utility district, and specifically FBCMUD 146. FBCMUD 146 wants to keep residents informed through transparent and timely communication via the website and is always looking for ideas for article topics that are important to you as a resident.

Please contact us through the District’s website, “Contact Us” page, to suggest topics for future articles: http://www.fbmud146.org/contact.

Help Conserve Water and Have a Residential Irrigation System Evaluation Performed Today!

The W.I.S.E. Guys residential program is a free, no obligations, water conservation service currently being offered to Fort Bend County Municipal Utility District No. 146 residents through water conservation initiatives offered by the North Fort Bend Water Authority (NFBWA). NFBWA created a program called Larry’s Toolbox to incentivize MUDs to conserve water. This program consists of a variety of water conservation initiatives such as effective tiered water rates, rain barrel offerings, high water user notifications, residential water irrigation system evaluations, and more; and each initiative is worth a set number of points. If a MUD participates in enough initiatives to receive a minimum number of points, they will receive a discounted water rate the following year.

The purpose of the W.I.S.E. Guys (water irrigation system evaluation) is to evaluate existing residential irrigation systems and make recommendations for improvements to the performance of the system and to the scheduling of the controller to eliminate unnecessary waste. The program allows for a licensed irrigator/representative to provide face-to-face education to the homeowner on efficient irrigation and proper controller scheduling which in turn will eliminate unnecessary waste and allow for residents to save money on their water bills. You are not required to make any adjustments or repairs to your system.

The W.I.S.E. Guys representative will not make any repairs to the system as part of the evaluation. The W.I.S.E Guys representative will only make the recommended adjustments to the system controller if the customer allows such adjustments. In many instances, the adjustment to the system controller is the first step to water conservation and cost savings. The homeowner is under no obligation to hire the W.I.S.E. Guys representative to repair the problems found within their system.

The following short video shows “What to Expect from a Water Irrigation System Evaluation”:

Water conservation is an important topic to all of us, to help the District conserve water and receive a discounted water rate from NFBWA please click on the following link to register for a residential water irrigation system evaluation: http://www.vepollc.com/wise_request_gis.aspx?wid=1035. Your application will be assigned to an approved W.I.S.E. Guys contractor who will contact you within seven (7) days to schedule an evaluation.