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What is Highland Bayou Quest

Highland Bayou Quest is a citizen awareness process that inquires about the unique aspects of the bayou that are important to us all. It starts with questions, from all of us, about Highland Bayou (See some of the questions below.) and involves private and government agencies in answering those questions? The results will be a printed publication about the vital aspects of Highland Bayou, distributed throughout the bayou communities, and public meetings for the same purpose. The Highland Bayou Communities are Bayou Vista, Original Bayou Vista, La Marque, Highlands, Freddyville, Scenic Galveston Wetlands Omega Bay, Hitchcock and Santa Fe. What are some prominent impacts on Highland Bayou? • The bayou originates on higher ground in Santa Fe and Hitchcock • The bayou is a little over 12 miles long. • Parks on Highland Bayou are Scenic Galveston, Reitan Park, Highland Bayou Park, Mahan Park, Jack Brooks Park • There are two wastewater treatment plants on the bayou • There are two railroad crossings • There are numerous pipeline crossings • There is a winter colony of white pelicans • There was a major flood control project built in 1972 • The bayou is close to a superfund site • There are several wetland restoration projects • There are extensive wetlands What are some of the questions we have about Highland Bayou? • What is the quality of the water?...

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How Houston Coastal Watershed Impacted Toll Of Hurricane Harvey

In late August 2017, Hurricane Harvey made landfall in Texas and caused devastation along the Lone Star State’s coast as well as in Houston and surrounding towns. Current estimates suggest the tropical storm displaced up to 30,000 people, destroyed or flooded over 130,000 residences and claimed the lives of 60 people. Whereas the hurricane’s strong winds played a large part in wreaking havoc in Texas, the downpour of up to 50 inches of rain in some areas is what caused the most damage. This would have resulted in heavy flooding anywhere, but the factors outlined below greatly exacerbated its effects. Sealed Wetlands Since the 1980s Houston has been the largest growing metropolitan region in the United States. With no mountains or hills to slow the city’s development, it has sprawled uncontrollably for the past several decades. According to research by Texas A&M, this led to 25,000 acres (10,000 hectares) or 70% of wetlands in Houston’s vicinity to be compacted and paved over. Previously the wetlands absorbed large quantities of water and drained it into neighboring bayous and ultimately the sea. Now, cemented areas create immense amounts of runoff with no place to go. Even heavy rains during normal thunderstorms can result in flooding in many areas. The disproportionately large precipitation during Hurricane Harvey could only cause catastrophes. Leaving the wetlands undeveloped would not have avoided flooding altogether. However, combined...

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