SWA is currently working with the Environmental Charter High School in Hawthorn on a project on the Dominguez Creek Waterway. This project is part of a larger Initiative that was created in 2010 in memory of Patrick Curran, a former SWA employee. The Patrick Timothy Curran Initiative (PTCI) has pledged its efforts to this project… Read more »

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Planning is well underway for the “Flash Flood” event along Houston’s White Oak Bayou at Studewood Park on February 28th. There are a lot of details still to be determined, but we are working with local schools to help teach students about our bayous and their significance to life in Houston, and to encourage student… Read more »

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Last month, the Army Corp of Engineers opened the Morganza Spillway – effectively flooding farmlands, homes and communities – in order to save Baton Rouge and New Orleans. This was only the second time that the spillway has been opened its history. As I describe in my post on MetropolisPOV, this is not a remarkable… Read more »

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Currently organization is underway to implement an installation art project depicting the physical influence that the one hundred year flood event has on the urban landscape. While “Flood Insurance Rate Maps” (FIRMs) are a standard measure of flood influences in the region, these forces can be difficult to understand in the physical landscape. This project… Read more »

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“A Citizen’s Forum for Engaging Houston’s Most Significant Open Space System” Historically, water has shaped the broad expanses of the Houston region, watershed by watershed, culminating in the city’s most debated landscape feature, its Bayous. If one lives in our self proclaimed “Bayou City”, how are we as individuals understanding, preserving, enhancing, degrading and generally… Read more »

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Natural waterway systems innately and efficiently manage flood waters, clean and polish polluted water, and provide habitat for a great number of animal and plant species. The drive over the past century to develop on the water’s edge has resulted in a severe deterioration of the world’s natural water systems, and the initial response of… Read more »

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