Their map for destroying the riparian forest on Buffalo Bayou

June 4, 2014

Here is the latest map created by the Harris County Flood Control District of its $6 million plan to destroy the riparian forest along Buffalo Bayou as it flows past Memorial Park in the center of our city. Be sure to educate yourself about what a riparian forest is so that you can fully understand how nonsensical and counterproductive this expensive “erosion control” project is.

This is the map included with HCFCD’s final full application to the Army Corps of Engineers for a permit to bulldoze more than fourteen acres or nearly 1.5 miles of both banks of Buffalo Bayou and the Hogg Bird Sanctuary. The target area is within the red dotted lines, and the county has warned us that the vegetation, including the trees, will be stripped from 80 percent of this area. Note how the tree-felling extends into the interior of Memorial Park, which is already losing more than half its trees to the drought.

The dotted red lines show the 14.35 acres of riparian forest to be scraped and bulldozed. According to the HCFCD, 80 percent of the vegetation in the targeted area will be removed. Note the areas to be cleared of trees extends into the interior of Memorial Park towards the maintenance facility. This is for access by heavy equipment to the bayou.

The dotted red lines show the riparian forest and wetlands to be bulldozed and scraped on both banks of Buffalo Bayou and into Memorial Park. According to the HCFCD, 80 percent of the targeted area will be stripped of trees and vegetation. Note the areas to be cleared of trees extends into the interior of Memorial Park towards the maintenance facility. This is for access by heavy equipment to the bayou.

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