A Moving Comment from Preservation Texas

July 6, 2014

The period is now closed for public comment to the Army Corps of Engineers on the application from the Harris County Flood Control District to bulldoze the wild banks of Buffalo Bayou in and around Memorial Park. The fight for the life of our beautiful southern bayou grows stronger. We must continue to raise awareness about this little known project, educate our friends and neighbors about the senseless destruction that is planned, and try to change the minds of our politicians and civic leaders. See What To Do Now.

The Army Corps received numerous comments opposing the project from experts in the field and ordinary citizens who cherish access to this unique treasure in the middle of our city. Among other things, the project violates state (pdf) and federal policy (pdf) protecting riparian buffer on our waterways.

Here is a particularly eloquent comment sent to the ACE from Preservation Texas:

June 30, 2014

Mr. Dwayne Johnson
Regulatory Branch, CESWG-PE-RB
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
P.O. Box 1229
Galveston, Texas 77553-1229

Re: SWG-2012-01007 (Memorial Park Demonstration Project)

Dear Mr. Johnson:

We write this letter to urge denial of the permit application referenced above.

Preservation Texas included the site of the Memorial Park Demonstration Project on our 2014 Texas’ Most Endangered Places list. The scope of the project far exceeds the limited erosion problem this particular stretch of Buffalo Bayou faces. The project should be narrowed to address only portions of the Bayou that are actively eroding and in a manner that does not destroy significant vegetation, rock outcroppings, potential archaeological sites and otherwise alters the slowly, naturally evolving course of the historic waterway by cutting and filling.

A recent 14-mile paddle down the Bayou reveals that most of the erosion in the project area has been caused by the removal of trees. Coupled with increased water volumes caused by overdevelopment of areas in the Bayou’s watershed, it becomes clear that the challenges of the Bayou extend beyond the waterway itself. A radical grading and replanting project does not address root causes.

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One thought on “A Moving Comment from Preservation Texas”

  1. Buffalo Bayou is a city treasure. It cannot be replaced. Houston was once an area of five bayous teeming with abundant wildlife that supported all local residents. This has all been destroyed. The tiny remnants of Buffalo Bayou are still vitally important environmentally, historically, and morally. How can we connect with the creator, if we have destroyed his treasures. How does the next generation find him, if his creation has been destroyed? How do we find peace on a quiet moment if not on the Bayou?

    Please do not destroy this treasure so that a few can play golf.

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