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22 Jan
By: HCP4 Admin 0

Want to Make a Difference? Become a Volunteer!

Start your year off right by becoming a Precinct 4 volunteer! Opportunities are available through Precinct 4’s Legacy Tree Program, Jesse H. Jones Park & Nature Center, and Mercer Botanic Gardens.

Join Precinct 4’s Legacy Tree Program to care for heirloom fruit and nut trees along the trails or foster a historic tree at home. Volunteers are also needed to help restore and maintain our forests. With your help, Precinct 4’s Legacy Tree Program can create healthier forests and natural areas, which leads to stronger, more beautiful communities. For more information, email

Love history and nature? Volunteer at Jones Park! Currently, Jones Park is seeking volunteers for Homestead Heritage Day Saturday, Feb. 9. Anyone interested in depicting the past or helping with other festival activities is invited to apply. Opportunities are also available to work at future festivals or along the trails in nature. To learn more about becoming a volunteer at Jones Park, click here.

Mercer Botanic Gardens is seeking volunteers in preparation for the March Mart plant sale Thursday, March 14 through Saturday, March 16. Different shifts are available. Join the VIP Plant Preview Committee to assist with event planning, decorating, set-up and take-down, or help during the event.

Volunteers can also sign up for volunteer check-in, plant ticket writing, wagon check-out, hospitality and more during the event.

Mercer offers additional volunteer opportunities year-round every Tuesday and Thursday.
To learn more about volunteering at Mercer, click here.

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22 Jan
By: HCP4 Admin 0

Rainbow Trout Now Available in Precinct 4 Parks

Get ready for winter fishing at a Precinct 4 park near you! The Texas Parks & Wildlife Department (TPWD) recently delivered up to 1,400 rainbow trout to each of the following Precinct 4 parks:

• Burroughs Park, 9738 Hufsmith Road in Tomball
• Bane Park, 9600 W. Little York Road in Houston
• Dennis Johnston Park, 709 Riley Fuzzel Road in Spring
• Meyer Park, 7700 Cypresswood Drive in Spring
• Pundt Park, 4129 Spring Creek Drive in Spring
• Kickerillo-Mischer Preserve, 20215 Chasewood Park Drive in Houston

Delivery times will vary depending on the TPWD delivery schedule. Anglers are encouraged to take advantage of rainbow trout fishing opportunities while they last, as rainbow trout are only available during the winter. TPWD recommends using cheese, kernel corn, nightcrawlers, red wigglers, and mealworms to catch trout. Suggested lures include a small inline spinnerbait or a spoon.

Rainbow trout are delivered to Precinct 4 parks annually to provide ample fishing opportunities during the winter when other fish species are less active. Late winter and early spring are also successful times for catching white bass and crappie. Catfish may be caught year-round.
There is a daily bag limit of five trout per angler and no minimum length limits. All TPWD rules, regulations, and licensing requirements apply to the public waterways within Precinct 4.

Anglers 17 years of age and older are required to purchase a valid Texas fishing license with a freshwater stamp endorsement. The freshwater stamp endorsement has replaced the trout stamp. A freshwater fishing license may be purchased at most sporting goods stores and a valid Texas driver’s license is required. Anglers may also purchase a license over the phone by calling the Texas Parks & Wildlife credit card license sales line at 1 (800) TX LIC 4 U [1 (800) 895-4248] or online at

To view the rules and regulations about fishing in Precinct 4, please click here.

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01 May
By: HCP4 Admin 0

HCFCD Post-Harvey Stormwater Channel Blockages

Harris County Flood Control District (HCFCD) continues to remove debris clogging Harris County’s 22 watersheds more than six months after Hurricane Harvey.

During the storm, more than a trillion gallons of stormwater washed through Harris County’s bayou system, leaving it clogged with storm debris and reducing drainage. HCFCD has found objects as large as refrigerators and automobiles in local waterways.

So far, HCFCD has removed about 101,000 cubic yards of downed trees, tires, and other storm debris with estimates of as much as 34,000 cubic yards of debris to go.

Before hurricane season begins June 1, the Harris County Flood Control District is pushing to have an estimated 15,000 to 20,000 tons of additional Buffalo Bayou debris removed. Some stockpiled debris could remain in some locations overnight or for several days.

Trails along Buffalo Bayou will remain open as public safety allows. Trail users are asked to observe all warning signs and fencing in debris removal work areas. Motorists are urged to be cautious of equipment entering and exiting debris removal areas.

Crews are focused on debris that is blocking stormwater conveyance. Buffalo Bayou and other channels are not being dredged.

The Flood Control District is working with Federal Emergency Management Agency to secure funding for its disaster-related storm debris removal efforts. Once priority channel blockage removal is complete, HCFCD will address channel debris as part of its regular maintenance program.

Residents are encouraged to report bayou and creek blockages to the Flood Control District’s Citizen Service Center at, or by calling (713) 684-4197. For status updates on the county-wide debris removal effort, please check the Flood Control District website:

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