How To Contact the Army Corps of Engineers

 

The Army Corps of Engineers is currently considering whether to issue a permit to allow the Harris County Flood Control District to bulldoze the banks of Buffalo Bayou. The public comment period closed on June 30, 2014, but you can still let the Corps know that you oppose the plan to destroy one of the last remaining riparian forests in Houston. Tell them to deny the permit or modify it in favor of  a better plan that allows our mysterious, slow-moving bayou to continue healing itself, enhancing the native habitat and preserving wildlife.

Be sure to reference file number SWG-2012-01007.

Write, fax, email to:

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

409-766-6353 Phone
409-766-6301 Fax

swg_public_notice@usace.army.mil and
dwayne.johnson@usace.army.mil

And send a copy to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. The TCEQ, which asked critical questions about the project in its comments to the Corps, must certify that the project complies with state water quality standards.

Lili Murphy
Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
Water Standards Team
401 Coordinator, MC-150P.O. Box 13087, Austin, Texas 78711-3087

lili.murphy@tceq.texas.gov and
401certs@tceq.texas.gov

And don’t forget to contact your congressional representative, your Harris County commissioner, and Mayor Annise Parker and your city council representative.

8 thoughts on “How To Contact the Army Corps of Engineers”

  1. Paige Krekeler says:

    I am opposed to the bulldozing of the forest area behind River Oaks golf course (called a riparian forest). I love to walk back there and find it a lovely, natural area that is hard to find in the city.
    By bulldozing the forest, it seems like the inevitable is only being delayed–the banks on the other side are being eroded and it would only slow down the erosion. Finding a natural area (that is truly natural, rather than man-made to resemble something that was natural) is rare in our city. Please keep it.

  2. JANE VALLIER says:

    The Corps of Engineers did so well in trying to keep the Mississippi River from following it’s natural course in Louisiana, they might as well ruin the remainder of Buffalo Bayou for the sake of a Golf Course.

  3. Kathryn Vidal says:

    I am shocked and saddened to hear of the proposed “Natural Channel Design” changes intended for Buffalo Bayou as it winds its way through Memorial Park. The Bayou is natural now – please don’t take one of the last segments away from those of us who seek out its forested banks for a wild oasis in the midst of the big city. We who use this area of the Park regularly have it as a sanctuary, just as the many species of plants and animals take cover in the forested banks of the bayou. It is free, open to all, yet it remains a place of peace and quiet. We’ve paved and restructured enough bayous in the area to know better. Enough of the bermuda grass lawns, please don’t take my bayou away from me!

  4. Al Salinas says:

    Please think twice before destroying one of the last surviving natural areas in our city. I volunteer at the Wildlife Center of Texas and am constantly seeing wildlife brought in due to injuries sustained by automobiles as they are trying to cross Memorial Drive to get away from the ongoing destruction of their forest. There seems to be an increase in these creatures trying to get away from all the destruction going on in their natural habitats and succumbing to injury because they are having to seek sanctuary elsewhere. I live 4 blocks south of the bayou and am finding more wildlife moving into our backyards in search of places to hide. Please don’t destroy their homes as you would not have yours destroyed.

  5. jeff B. says:

    To whom it may concern,

    I wanted to express my disagreement and severe opposition to the current plans to convert the area along the buffalo bayou into a green way. Bulldozing the area, as currently planned, would destroy one of the last remaining natural wildlife habitats for miles around. Many species call this area home as well as many species of trees that are otherwise hard to find near Houston.

    In addition, many Houstonians use this park to immerse themselves in nature, enjoying the wonderful shade of the existing forest and to utilize the natural surface trails that exist throughout the woods.

    The plans to convert the area will be devastating and heartbreaking.

    Please, I urge you; do not proceed with the current planned destruction.

    Leave the riparian forest intact.

    Sincerely,

  6. Ian B. says:

    (Note that comment on *this* page is not signing any petition; you need to contact one of the addresses/phone-numbers/emails listed.)

    1. Thank you. Please send comments to the addresses listed, as well as to your congressional and other local representatives. Among other things, tell the politicians this is a waste of taxpayer money on an overly-expensive, pointless project that only benefits private property owners while sacrificing our wild, uniquely southern Buffalo Bayou, a rare public asset in the middle of the city.

  7. Anne Hawken Brock says:

    This is my second post in light of the fact that you are going ahead with this plan to take away the final trace of something natural for the city. My grandfather, Clarence L. Brock, superintendent of parks, bought this land as a public park. He could have played the not unusual game of self interest and pocketed this deal for his family. That’s not the kind of family we are. I have come to regret he didn’t by it and let our family operate the premises.
    The Army Corps never met a natural area it didn’t want to pave over.

    And has River Oaks C,C every flooded from this bayou? Where is the justification. I realize I what as well talk to a wall as expect any change from your plan. How about all of you who want this to happen put your names on a plaque so your family can see what you did 100 years in the future.
    Anne Hawken-Brock, grand daughter

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