2Water ElementsHouston Texas contains 22 various types of water elements. These consist of Bayous, Bays, Creeks, Reservoirs, and Rivers.The ElementsAddicks ReservoirArmand BayouBarker ReservoirBrays BayouBuffalo BayouCarpenters BayouCedar BayouCedar CreekCypress CreekGalveston BayGreens BayouHunting BayouJackson BayouLittle Cypress CreekLuce BayouSan Jacinto RiverSims BayouSpring CreekSpring Gully & Goose CreekVince BayouWhite Oak BayouWillow Creek
3Current Park Several Parks are located along each water element. Addicks ResevoirBear Creek ParkCullen Park*Langham Creek Park*parks under developmentArmand BayouArmand Bayou ParkBay Area ParkClear Lake ParkClear Lake Hike & Bike Trails
4Current Park Several Parks are located along each water element. Barker ResevoirGeorge Bush ParkThe Hidden Gardens ParkBrays BayouArthur Storey ParkBraeburn Glen Tennis ParkBraeswood Pkwy ParkGus Wortham ParkHermann ParkMacGregor ParkMacGregor PkwyMason ParkSpulock Pkwy ParkStein Family Park
5Current Park Several Parks are located along each water element. Carpenters BayouBeltway 8 Sports ParkChannelwood ParkCedar BayouCeday Bayou ParkCedar BayouCeday Bayou Park
6Current ParkSeveral Parks are located along each water element. ETC….
7Future Projects (Buffalo Bayou) Several projects are planned along the various waterways throughout Houston Texas. Groups have formed to promote these projects in order to not only preserve the Bayous, but also the city itself. The Buffalo Bayou Partnership is one such organization that has taken it upon itself to promote improvements along the Buffalo Bayou. This organization has worked with several consulting firms around the world in order to create projects that will help beautify the bayous as well as respond responsibly to the environment.
8Current Parks (Buffalo Bayou) There are currently 14 parks along the Buffalo Bayou.The ParksMemorial ParkBuffalo Bayou ParkSabine-to-Bagby PromenadeSpotts ParkSam Houston ParkSesquicentennial ParkAllen’s LandingJames Bute ParkGuadalupe Plaza ParkTony Marron ParkHidalgo ParkTerry Hershey ParkHogg Bird SanctuarySpring Branch Park
10Future Projects (Buffalo Bayou) Urban DevelopmentMaster Plan
11Future Projects (Buffalo Bayou) Future urban development plans are planned along the Bayou system. These developments are meant to draw people back to the neglected Bayou system and encourage an active use of the area. Flood management will be handled by widening the cross section of the Bayous themselves to allow for greater water control. Canals would also be used to direct flood waters away from downtown Houston. The bayous themselves not only be widened, but modified to allow for different flood stages. Meaning that the Bayous “walls” will be modified into various sections which are able to handle various stages of the flooding process. (this will be shown in a image later)
14Future Projects (Buffalo Bayou) The group also wants to bring back the ecology that has been lost over the past years to overdevelopment and lack of environmental responsibility. In order to do this, the group hopes to create new wetland habitats that will bring back native wildlife as well as help clean the water. Green Fingers will filter the water naturally before it enters the bayous, thus making the environments more inviting both people and wildlife.
18Future Projects (Buffalo Bayou) Like previously discussed, flood management is a major concern when talking about the future development along the bayou system in Houston. In order to deal with this problem, the Buffalo Bayou Partnership has created three ways that they intend to alleviate the flood problems related to the bayou system.Direct floodwater through by creating supplementary channels that bypass problematic configurations.Consolidate bridges to reduce impedance on the flow of the floodwater through the bayous.Increase conveyance capacity of the bayous by widening and channeling the bayou banks.
22Future Projects (Buffalo Bayou) As previously stated, the group is also planning to improve the overall appearance of the bayou system to draw back visitors. This will be done through landscaping which will add more green space and natural environments along the bayous themselves.
25Flood MapsIn order to better understand the areas of concern during massive floods, FEMA made flood maps that help show what areas are in and near flood plains. The following images are the maps which were created by FEMA