In response to urbanization within the Buffalo Bayou watershed, Buffalo Bayou has naturally eroded and widened over time. Concerned about the bayou’s worsening condition, the Bayou Preservation Association (BPA) sponsored a workshop in November 2010 that allowed experts in the fields of fluvial geomorphology and natural channel design to float Buffalo Bayou in order to evaluate and identify potential locations for a project that would demonstrate the effectiveness of natural stable channel design techniques. These techniques are based on the principles of fluvial geomorphology, which is the study of a stream’s character (dimension, pattern and profile) in response to the effects of its sediment supply and water flow from the watershed. The BPA workshop resulted in the identification of the proposed project location along a stretch of Buffalo Bayou, bordered by Memorial Park and the River Oaks Country Club. Because the Harris County Flood Control District has general jurisdiction over Harris County’s bayous and creeks as granted by the State, the BPA and the City of Houston’s Public Works and Engineering Department asked the Flood Control District to partner in the project that has become known as the MPDP. While the Flood Control District did not initiate MPDP, it has become the lead for the project’s design and implementation.