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How Should Erosion Be Stopped Along Buffalo Bayou?

Houston residents have until June 30 to submit public comments on a controversial plan to eliminate vegetation and trees along the banks of a 1.5-mile stretch of Buffalo Bayou running from the southeast corner of Memorial Park to the eastern edge of River Oaks Country Club. The plan, put forth by the Harris County Flood […]

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Houston residents have until June 30 to submit public comments on a controversial plan to eliminate vegetation and trees along the banks of a 1.5-mile stretch of Buffalo Bayou running from the southeast corner of Memorial Park to the eastern edge of River Oaks Country Club.

The plan, put forth by the Harris County Flood Control District, is called “The Memorial Park Demonstration Project.” The Flood Control District says the purpose of the plan is to “restore Buffalo Bayou to a natural, stable condition,” to preserve the bayou’s role in preventing flooding in Houston, and to “repair severe erosion on the banks of the bayou.”

The proposed project would cost around $6 million, which would be paid for by the City of Houston, the Harris County Flood Control District and River Oaks Country Club.

However, plenty of opposition to the project has arisen in recent weeks from citizens and environmental groups who oppose the loss of native vegetation and trees, who fear the loss of wildlife habitat, and who are concerned the methodology behind the plan wouldn’t actually reduce or prevent erosion along the 18,000-year-old bayou.

The project would require a permit from the Army Corps of Engineers, which extended the public comment period to the end of this month.

We discuss what should be done to address erosion of Buffalo Bayou with Jason Krahn, Project Manager for the Memorial Park Demonstration Project at the Harris County Flood Control District and Evelyn Merz, Conservation Chair with the Houston Sierra Club.

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