Charting Buffalo was a Harris County Flood Control District study that explored options along Buffalo Bayou and lower White Oak Bayou to reduce flooding, stabilize streambanks and reduce sedimentation. The study also sought to capture opportunities for community enhancements, such as trails and habitat restoration, and explored how partnerships could help implement these opportunities.
The study area encompassed Buffalo Bayou from Barker Reservoir eastward through downtown Houston to the Houston Ship Channel Turning Basin, a distance of about 32 miles; the lower end of White Oak Bayou, traveling southeast from Loop 610 to downtown Houston, a distance of about 7 miles; and major tributaries throughout the two watersheds. The study area was divided into five geographical reaches for presentation purposes.
Charting Buffalo was initiated in 2011 and suspended indefinitely in early 2012. After an extended period of inactivity, the Flood Control District opted to formally retire the study and provide the documents on this webpage for public information. More details are provided in the Executive Summary below.
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