The sustainability of Fort Bend County, Texas is intertwined with its levees. Nearly 100 miles of levees, entirely locally constructed and operated, protect close to 150,000 residents and $15 Billion in residential, commercial, local, state, and federal property investments. Our levee districts work hard to maintain and operate reliable levee systems.
Fort Bend Flood Management Association (FBFMA) is a Section 501(c)(6) non-profit corporation organized in 2009 under the laws of the State of Texas.
The FBFMA Board is:
Fort Bend County Levee Improvement District No. 2
Fort Bend County Levee Improvement District No. 10
Fort Bend County Levee Improvement District No. 15
James "Jim" R. Grotte
Fort Bend County Levee Improvement District No. 7
Fort Bend County Levee Improvement District No. 11
Sienna Plantation Levee Improvement District
First Colony Levee Improvement District
Fort Bend County Levee Improvement District No. 19
The purpose of the FBFMA is to bring together local levee owners, cities, and county agencies responsible for providing flood protection in order to gather information from a variety of sources and disseminate this information to its members. To accomplish this purpose, the FBFMA:
Provides local meeting opportunities through which all members may speak and act jointly on flood control, flood risk reduction, floodplain management, bank stabilization, public use of facilities, navigation, and drainage issues;
Works to aid, assist, promote, encourage, educate, fund, develop, enhance, and facilitate, the research, development, and production of flood risk technologies, approaches, and services;
Works with federal, state, and local governments and private entities to secure and administer contractors, grants, gifts, funding, and investment for the advancement of flood risk reduction and flood management;
Works with federal, state, and local governments and private entities to administer, monitor, and comment on levee, flood risk reduction, flood control, floodplain management, drainage, stormwater management, and water rights legislation, administration and rules related to the same;
Cooperates in every proper way with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, United States Army Corp of Engineers, state and local governments, and other agencies to hasten the accomplishment of flood management, flood risk reduction, flood control and floodplain management in Fort Bend County;
Performs such other functions as may be necessary to fulfill the purposes of the Corporation.
FBFMA provides a means for and promotes its members to attend a variety of conferences, both locally and nationally sponsored, where similar local, state, federal and international organizations share information regarding all aspects of flood control and stormwater management design, implementation and administration.
FBFMA members work in a coordinated effort to gather information for the collective voice of Fort Bend County’s flood risk management districts. This is accomplished through the efforts of individual members attending national, regional, and local conferences, engaging professional lobbyists and advocates to aid in our efforts, and coordinating with other similar groups from around the nation to keep abreast of and have input in ongoing legislative and rule-making activities which might affect our levee and flood protection systems. Together we can present our concerns and opinions to those federal, state, and local agencies that directly affect our levee systems and the vibrant community that is Fort Bend County. FBFMA is a member of several like-minded organizations around the nation which affords our FBFMA members attendance to conferences at reduced costs and gives access to information otherwise unavailable to individuals.
Membership in the FBFMA by all districts adds to our strength in the eyes of the federal and state agencies, lends more hands to the task of attending the nationwide conferences, and helps lower the costs to the individual member districts.
Regular Members are defined as:
Regular Members have voting rights in the Corporation and are entitled to all rights and privileges of the Corporation.
Associate Members are defined as:
Associate Members are encouraged to attend the meetings of the FBFMA, but are non-voting members.
The Friday Folder contains weekly updates/content regarding important legislative issues and disseminates general information which our members may find useful in serving their residents and constituents.