|The aim of Charting Buffalo is to provide a master plan for effective flood damage reduction along the entire length of Buffalo and lower White Oak bayous. At the same time, the study will integrate diverse community goals for enhancing the bayous through urban design, public access, habitat conservation and restoration, water quality improvements, sediment and erosion management and economic development.|
Rather than examine individual projects along a narrowly defined bayou reach, this study takes a collaborative, watershed-wide approach, creating a broad vision for the bayous' landscape.
Charting Buffalo is facilitated and funded by the Harris County Flood Control District, which primarily focuses on flood damage reduction. For the first time, however, the many groups and organizations who are already investing their time and resources along these important waterways will participate directly in the planning process. This process will challenge design concepts for flood damage reduction elements, and recognize that many can be compatible with or even complement community and environmental amenities such as trails, parks, sports fields and wetlands.
The finished plan will include a range of coordinated features that are or may be considered for funding by government, civic and philanthropic organizations.
By including interested groups and stakeholders in the study process on a more proactive level, and by sharing its progress, the Flood Control District and the Charting Buffalo team recognize an opportunity to create a wide-ranging plan for Buffalo and lower White Oak bayous, with a greater chance of inspiring public and financial support.