Since the formation of the District in 1937, public awareness of floodplain
management has grown considerably. A consensus continues to grow that public lands should be used for more than a
single purpose. This concept has helped develop an expanded view of our mission. As a principal steward of stream
corridors, the District must balance its responsibilities for meeting its statutory mandate with various other
public interests and protection of the environment. In order for the District to meet this difficult challenge,
commitment from both the public and private sectors will be needed.
Many of our natural and man-made stream corridors are connectors that have always invited trails. Often, the intrigue
of local forests and the offer of a chance sighting of some of our area's abundant wildlife arouse our curiosity.
Urban dwellers, especially, seek out these streams for that special and unique experience to be found only along the
banks of our creeks and bayous. The District benefits from the addition of trails, as well. Visibility and increased
security are some of the immediate benefits, and over the long term, a savings in taxpayer dollars is realized.
Since the sponsor of the local trail is responsible for its maintenance, the savings in the District's maintenance
dollars can be allocated to other areas of need.