Oil Spill Disaster a Big Win for Waterway
The Houston Parks Board is celebrating the announcement that the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council has selected its Bayou Greenways 2020 project as recipient of a $7.1 million grant from a fund established in response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The funds will be used for acquisition and enrichment of already existing parkland along Clear Creek, located in southern Harris County.
According to the Bayou Preservation Association, Clear Creek "is one of the most beautiful wild streams in the Houston area." The parks board plan is to restore and conserve the verdant natural habitats while improving water quality and thereby supporting the Galveston Bay and estuary that were damaged by the oil spill.
“I am very pleased that we were able to include the Bayou Greenways project in this first round of funding under the RESTORE Act," Toby Baker of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality said in a statement. "The project will help filter and improve the quality of water flowing into the bays, and it features a recreational aspect that makes it particularly unique and exciting.”
The $7.1 million will aid in uniting the overall greenway network that is being led by the parks board with a $100 million investment from the city.