In the words of our city’s great conservationist, Army Emmott, Buffalo Bayou is a ribbon of life flowing through the concrete of Houston.
Once again, that life is threatened. In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, the greatest storm ever to hit the Houston region, our bayous and streams, forests, wetlands and prairies are more vulnerable than ever as public officials look for quick flooding solutions and big spending projects.
Our Fight Has Expanded
Please make a tax-deductible donation and help us defend not just Buffalo Bayou but all our bayous and streams. We advocate for more cost-efficient, green, nature-based solutions to flooding, solutions that do not fall back on expensive, ineffective, and outdated engineering fixes like widening and deepening the channels of our streams. Flooding begins on the land. Flood management needs to start before storm waters enter our rivers. That means trees and vegetation, ravines and swales that slow down, spread out, and absorb rainwater. More permeable surface. Stop raindrops where they fall. It’s what the rest of the world is doing.
We fight to protect our public forests (see also here) so crucial for flood and erosion control and the health of our waters, among other things. The flood control district continues to cut down our trees despite its legal duty to “conserve forests.” (Page six.) We need to protect the health and riparian buffer of all our streams in the Houston area, streams that feed into our beloved and vital Galveston Bay.
We want to educate people about wasteful and counterproductive public policy and about proper land management to protect property from erosion along bayous and streams in urban areas. We want city dwellers to appreciate all the Bayou City’s streams as well as our mysterious southern “mother bayou,” an irreplaceable resource accessible to all in the middle of our city.
Nature: Not Just a Pretty Face
We hope to create more understanding about how rivers work and about the natural life cycle of streams. Nature is not just something pretty and sentimental. It’s not just habitat for wildlife. It is vital to our own habitat, our water, and the air that we breathe, to our physical and mental health. And sometimes nature is messy.
We must address the real issues behind flooding, behind erosion of property and the pollution of our waters.
So please help us with a tax-deductible donation now.
Save Buffalo Bayou is a 501c3 nonprofit association. The trustees are Blaine Adams, Susan Chadwick, Bil Heins, Tom Helm, Olive Hershey, Richard Keeton, and Frank C. Smith Jr.
Checks can be made out to Save Buffalo Bayou and sent to 3614 Montrose #706, Houston 77006.
Or just click on our easy-peasy Donate button. Note that PayPal deducts 2.2 percent for donations.
We’ll send you a beautiful bumper sticker that says Stop the Bulldozers: Save Buffalo Bayou.org.
Donations over $150 receive a lovely white cotton t-shirt decorated with our night heron logo designed by Frank X. Tolbert 2.