I wrote my first post about Colony Ridge in May 2020. Since then, I have written more than 60 about the controversial, Liberty County colonia that’s now 50% larger than Manhattan. Virtually all of them cover aspects of drainage, wetlands and flooding, as well as the development’s impact on people, the environment and surrounding areas.
The articles also include stories on surrounding developments by the same developer, but operating under different names. But you do not need those to support the 50% larger calculation above.
I’m listing all of my Colony-Ridge-related stories here to make them easier for readers to find.
Colonia Now Drawing National Attention
During the past 3+ years, the growth of Colony Ridge, an unincorporated development, has overwhelmed smaller incorporated areas around it such as Plum Grove and Cleveland.
As a result, fast-growing Colony Ridge has attracted national attention by numerous journalists, not all of it welcomed by the developer. My focus has been almost exclusively on flooding, drainage and water quality issues. Other journalists have focused on crime, cartels, drugs, illegal immigration, overwhelmed schools, predatory lending practices, evictions, the marketing practices of the developer and more.
Here is a list of the drainage related articles. I’ve also taken thousands of pictures – far too many to insert them all here. But I have included a few. See more when you follow the links below.
June 19, 2020 “The Developers Are Coming! The Developers Are Coming!”
June 24, 2020 Hidden Cost of Fecal Contamination: Removing It
October 14, 2020 TCEQ Fines Quadvest for 48,000 Gallon Sewage Spill in Colony Ridge
October 15, 2020 Plum Grove Sues Colony Ridge Developer Over Floodwater, Sewage Leaks
October 22, 2020 How Loss of Wetlands Led to War
November 12, 2020 Flood Notes: Highlights of Current Happenings
November 20, 2020 Friday Flood Digest
November 27, 2020 Colony Ridge Declares War on Investigative Journalist, Too
December 1, 2020 Flood of Foreclosures: Hundreds to Lose Colony Ridge Homes Tomorrow
December 5, 2020 Colony Ridge Ditches Violate Liberty County Drainage Standards
December 7, 2020 Merry Christmas from Colony Ridge
December 14, 2020 Liberty County Strategic Plan … Dead On Arrival
December 21, 2020 “One of the Best Land Developers in Liberty County”
December 23, 2020 Preserve What Makes Lake Houston Area Unique
December 29, 2020 When Developers Claim No Detention Ponds are Necessary…
January 2, 2021 Guess Which Way to Colony Ridge
January 3, 2021 Flooding of the Fifth Kind: By Government Neglect
January 17, 2021 Rosemay Fain’s Harvey and Imelda Stories
June 9, 2021 Follow-ups: Whatever became of…?
June 10, 2021 Colony Ridge Expanding North Into More Wetlands
June 20, 2021 What’s Going On in Your Neighborhood?
July 15, 2021 FM1485: What’s Wrong With This Picture?
September 3, 2021 TCEQ Again Cites Colony Ridge for Lack of Pollution Controls
November 16, 2021 Sowing the Seeds of the Next Big Flood
November 29, 2021 How to Find and Verify Flood-Related Information: Part II
December 4, 2021 Grand Parkway Extension is Getting There
December 6, 2021 “…Care Will Be Taken to Protect All Vegetation…”
December 31, 2021 Top Stories of 2021 in Review
January 20, 2022 What Does “No Adverse Impact” Really Mean in Drainage Studies?
February 16, 2022 Texas Land-Use Trends: Major Changes Coming
February 23, 2022 How Soon We Forget!
May 17, 2022 Grand Parkway Extension Opens Tomorrow
July 23, 2022 Controversial Colony Ridge Development Doubles in Size
August 4, 2023 Colony Ridge Buying Up Floodplain Land in Huffman
August 13, 2023 Six Years After Harvey, Bridge Still Blown Out at Colony Ridge
August 29, 2023 Harvey Flood’s Sixth Anniversary Passes Virtually Unnoticed
September 17, 2023 Colony Ridge Now 50 Percent Bigger than Manhattan
October 5, 2023 New York Post Publishes Gripping Exposé on Colony Ridge
October 7, 2023 Colony Ridge Karma: Area Floods While Developer Hosts Lawmakers
More to Come
This isn’t the end of the Colony Ridge story. I had breakfast this morning with a Kingwood resident who had given an old water heater to an acquaintance living in Colony Ridge. My friend later learned that his acquaintance piled wood under the heater and built fires to warm the water in the tank. Colony Ridge has thousands of stories like this. Come back for more.
Posted by Bob Rehak on 9/20/2023
2213 Days since Hurricane Harvey
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