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. Please make a tax-deductible donation and help us defend the wild, historic nature of our 18,000-year-old Buffalo Bayou as it flows past the magnificent cliffs and forested banks of Memorial Park and the Hogg Bird Sanctuary in Houston.
The Harris County Flood Control District and the City of Houston, with the support of the Bayou Preservation Association and the Memorial Park Conservancy, want to raze these cliffs and natural banks and destroy the last relatively untouched and most beautiful stretch of our wild Buffalo Bayou remaining in Houston.
We have no doubt that if Save Buffalo Bayou were to falter, the Army Corps of Engineers would grant a long-delayed permit to the flood control district for this pointless, wasteful project—a project that may very well wash out, as similar projects have done in other parts of the country and even here in the middle of Houston and elsewhere in Harris County. The corps rarely denies a permit, even for unnecessary projects that violate their own policy of preserving riparian forests.
In the meantime our fight has expanded. We defend not just this stretch of Buffalo Bayou but the entire river — and all our bayous and streams. We advocate for natural, more cost-efficient green solutions to flooding, solutions that do not fall back on expensive, ineffective, and outdated engineering fixes like widening and deepening the channels of our streams. Flood control needs to start before storm waters enter our rivers.
We fight to protect our public forests, 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, Olive Hershey, and Frank C. Smith Jr.
Checks can be made out to Save Buffalo Bayou and sent to 4121 Mandell # 3, 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.