City Corner: Victoria enters stage one of drought management plan

By Jennifer Sourdellia
May 13, 2012 at 12:13 a.m.

I recently read that the City has reinstated voluntary water restrictions and has entered stage one of its drought management plan. What can I do to help conserve water?

Yes, you are correct. The city initiated stage one of its Drought Contingency Plan on May 2 because the Guadalupe River flow is well below its normal level for this time of year.

Under stage one of the plan, citizens are asked to voluntarily reduce the use of water for non-essential purposes and to practice water conservation measures to reduce the amount of water they are consuming.

Here are some tips that will conserve water:

Watering the lawn only when it is necessary. Learn to know when grass needs watering. If it has turned a dull gray-green or if footprints remain visible, it is time to water.

  1. Watering the lawn early in the morning and late in the evening to avoid unnecessary evaporative loss.

  2. Use a sprinkler that produces large drops of water, rather than a fine mist, to avoid evaporation.

  3. To avoid evaporation, turn soaker hoses so the holes are on the bottom.

  4. Water slowly for better absorption and never water on windy days.

  5. Avoid watering the street, sidewalks or driveways.

  6. Do not water too frequently. Too much water can overload the soil so that air cannot get to the roots and can encourage plant diseases.

  7. Do not over-water. Soil can absorb only so much moisture and the rest simply runs off. A timer will help, and either a kitchen timer or an alarm clock will do. An inch of water, applied once a week, will keep most Texas grasses alive and healthy.

  8. Raise the cutting height on your lawnmower. The longer blades of grass will provide shade for the root system and make the turf more drought resistant.

The City will remain in stage one of its Drought Contingency Plan until the flow in the Guadalupe River rises to a normal level for 14 consecutive days or until the river level falls to its minimum level for this time of the year, at which time the City would enter stage two of its Drought Contingency Plan.

For more information, visit the City of Victoria's website at or contact the Public Works Department at 485-3381.

I live in a neighborhood in the area of John Stockbauer Drive and Airline Road. My home falls in the Lone Tree Creek floodplain area. Are the FEMA maps in the re-drawn flood plain now in effect?

Yes, the final revised floodplain maps are in effect and were released by FEMA on March 9, for the floodplain map boundaries associated with Lone Tree Creek from John Stockbauer Drive to the Houston Highway.

The Lone Tree Creek Channel Improvement and Detention Facility Project was funded through a bond issue in 2000 and completed in 2009. This project consisted of improving the drainage channel from John Stockbauer Drive to Airline Road as well as the construction of the detention facility located between Airline Road and Houston Highway. Drainage improvements to Lone Tree Creek reduced the width of the floodplain, floodway and lowered the base flood elevation along Lone Tree Creek. About 400 homes along Lone Tree Creek will be removed from the floodplain.

If you would like to view the revised maps, please visit, click on the Development Services link and then click on the Flood Plain Management Information link.

Do you have a question about the city of Victoria? Please submit your questions and comments about any city department to Jennifer Sourdellia in the Communications/Public Information Office by emailing or mail to P.O. Box 1758, Victoria, TX 77902.



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