Bayou Preservation Association, Inc.

celebrate. protect. restore.

Houston, TX   |  http://www.bayoupreservation.org

Mission

Our Mission is to celebrate, protect and restore the natural richness of all our bayous and streams in the greater Houston-Gulf Coast region.

Ruling year info

1966

Principal Officer

Dr. Sarah P. Bernhardt

Main address

7305 Navigation Blvd. Suite A

Houston, TX 77011 USA

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EIN

74-6075031

NTEE code info

Environmental Quality, Protection, and Beautification N.E.C. (C99)

Pollution Abatement and Control Services (C20)

Water Resource, Wetlands Conservation and Management (C32)

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Bayou Appreciation Program

Getting people outdoors to experience our bayous and streams first-hand is one of the keys to building appreciation of the natural richness, benefits, and functions of these resources. First-hand experience also contributes to creating a culture that will celebrate, protect, and restore these streams for today’s citizens, and for future generations! Bayou Preservation Association’s Bayou Appreciation Program works to accomplish just that, by providing for outdoor opportunities that are both fun and informative, whether on-the-water or streamside, and along with interpretive signage to inform bayou visitors of the many functions and benefits of our bayous.

Population(s) Served

When the unique buffer zones alongside streams are covered with native grasses, flowers, shrubs, and trees, these zones provide important benefits for the waterways and our communities. They benefit water quality by preventing sediments, nutrients, pesticides, and other pollutants from reaching a stream. Stream corridors with native vegetation are important for wildlife habitat, providing food and cover, as well as an important travel corridor. The vegetation also slows floodwaters, allowing the floodwaters to soak into the ground, which helps maintain stable streambanks and protect downstream property. The Stream Corridor Restoration Program engages contractors and volunteers in the restoration work of removing harmful invasive exotic species, and planting native vegetation where appropriate, with an ancillary benefit of building an understanding of the functions of vegetation in healthy stream corridors in the 22 watersheds located in the Houston/Gulf Coast Region.

Population(s) Served

The Bayou Preservation Association focuses on four key programs to accomplish its mission to “celebrate, protect and restore the natural richness of all our bayous and streams.” Cross-cutting projects and initiatives – those that address the goals of more than one program – also continue under Education and Outreach, such as the annual Symposium, public policy review and response, and communications tools. Our professional symposium educates decision makers and community members about pressing water related issues. Our website contains the latest information on bayou conditions, paddle trails and upcoming events. Our presentations to community groups raise awareness about the ecological benefits of our waterways and the need to protect these valuable natural resources for future generations.

Population(s) Served

Clean water is essential for fish and wildlife, and for human recreation. While water quality is improving, much remains to be done for our waters to meet the “fishable and swimmable” goals of the Clean Water Act. Most of our streams have been identified as impaired for contact recreation, due to high levels of the kinds of bacteria that are indicators of human health risk. Many streams have other water quality impairments affecting fish and wildlife, such as low dissolved oxygen or high levels of nutrients. Bayou Preservation Association’s Bayou Citizen Science Program works to improve bayou water quality by engaging citizens in providing valuable quantitative data and qualitative information, both to inform the public and to support actions by local and regional authorities that have the responsibility and authority to improve water quality.

Population(s) Served

Bayous within the Houston-Galveston area are plagued by trash, most of which originates from the lands around the streams, and then washes in during rain events. Trash is an aesthetic issue and an economic issue, but it is also an issue for water quality, wildlife, and health. Trash harms physical habitats, transports chemical pollutants, threatens aquatic life, and interferes with human enjoyment and uses of river, marine and coastal environments. The overarching goal of Bayou Preservation Association’s Trash-Free Bayous Program is the reduction of trash in the region’s waterways, by conducting large and small bayou clean-ups, and by developing and implementing prevention strategies and projects that will help put a stop to having trash and other nonpoint source pollution enter our bayous in the first place.

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Financials

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Bayou Preservation Association, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 11/05/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Robert Rayburn


Board co-chair

Linda Shead

Ty Kelly

Attorney

Elaine Finger

Community Volunteer

Robert Rayburn

Community Volunteer

Linda Shead

Shead Conservation Solutions

Jack Sakolosky

Othon Inc.

Amy Dinn

Super Neighborhood 64 & 88

Christopher Browne

EHRA

L. Hill

Hawes Hill & Associates

Merrie Talley

Talley Landscape Architects, Inc.

Robert Lee

White Oak Bayou Association

Tina Petersen

Harris-Galveston Subsidence District

Lisa Gonzalez

HARC

Paul Nelson

Community Volunteer

Mahmoud Salehi

CobbFendley

Richard Cate

MCCM Architects

Mike Garver

BRH-Garver Construction, L.P.

Joyce Wiley

Community Volunteer

Jim Robertson

Cypress Creek Greenway Project, Cypress Creek Flood Control Coalition

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes