The Galveston County Daily News reports only the occasional sight of a seabird landing among tall grasses might warrant a glance.
John Jacob, a geoscientist with the state of Texas, professor at Texas A&M University and widely recognized expert on wetlands of the upper Texas Gulf Coast, calls the phenomenon “the burden of flat land.”
“If you live, say, in Colorado and somebody went out to the Garden of the Gods and said, ‘Hey, we’re going to build a strip mall here,’ everybody would say you were crazy,” Jacob said. “It’s very difficult here to engender enthusiasm for the wetlands we drive by and don’t really see.”
Some in Houston are advocating for a massive, multi-billion dollar tunnel to be constructed to carry polluted stormwaters from the west side all the way to Galveston Bay. Can Houston learn from the mistake of Chicago?