We are an informal group of individuals who care deeply about Buffalo Bayou as well as the rest of our local rivers, streams, creeks, prairies, forest, and bays. We are ordinary people of all ages opposed to bad government projects and waste of taxpayer money. We are conservative and liberal and everything else. Some of us are writers, scientists, geologists, lawyers, bankers, artists, environmentalists, conservationists, nurses, teachers, filmmakers, clerks, photographers, historians, architects, and a wide variety of other things. Our advisors include some of the world’s leading river and floodplain experts.
Save Buffalo Bayou is a 501c3 nonprofit association. Donations to Save Buffalo Bayou are tax deductible.
Board of Directors
The trustees are Blaine Adams, Susan Chadwick, Olive Hershey, Richard P. Keeton, and Frank C. Smith Jr.
Frank C. Smith Jr, a retired electrical engineer, is the founding president of the board of Save Buffalo Bayou. He is a founding member, board member, and past president of the Bayou Preservation Association and served on its executive committee for nearly fifty years. He is a founder of the Galveston Bay Foundation and serves on its advisory council. He is also a founder and past president of the Armand Bayou Nature Center, a lifetime board member of the Memorial Park Conservancy, past president of the Texas Nature Conservancy, and past president of the Rice Design Alliance, among other activities. He has lived on Buffalo Bayou throughout his adult life.
Blaine Adams, treasurer of the Save Buffalo Bayou board, is an investment manager in Houston and trustee with Prometheus Charitable Trust. She has served on the board of the Memorial Park Conservancy and lives on Buffalo Bayou.
Susan Chadwick, a writer and journalist who grew up on Buffalo Bayou, is the executive director of Save Buffalo Bayou. She was the art critic for the Houston Post from 1985 until it closed in 1995.
Olive Hershey, secretary of the board, is a poet, novelist, and environmentalist and a member of the Texas Institute of Letters, of the advisory board of Inprint, and of the board of the Jacob and Terese Hershey Foundation. She was a board member and officer of the Sierra Blanca Legal Defense Fund and a board member of Friends of Hermann Park.
Board member Richard P. Keeton is a prominent Houston trial lawyer currently of counsel to the international law firm McGuireWoods. He is a graduate of the University of Texas and the UT Law School and has been included in The Best Lawyers in America since 1983.
Bruce Bodson, environmental lawyer, fisheries biologist, river runner, and lead scientist of Galveston Baykeeper/Bayou City Waterkeeper
William Heins, PhD, geologist, Fulbright Scholar
Tom Helm, geologist, geoscience consultant, naturalist, river guide
Rick Bass, author, novelist and short story writer, environmental activist, geologist