In Texas, residents truly care for their bayous—let alone, can properly pronounce it—making it no surprise that The Bayou Preservation Association was able to raise $60,000 this past Monday.
Held at the Junior League of Houston, the 2017 Terry Hershey Bayou Stewardship Award Luncheon fostered funds to aid its three main programs: the citizen science/water quality program, bayou appreciation program, and its trash-free bayou program. In addition, 250 attendees witnessed the honoring of several local community members on their commitment to protecting and restoring Houston’s waterway, including Harris County Precinct 4 commissioner R. Jack Cagle, Houston Wilderness president and CEO Deborah January-Bevers, and Texas Master Naturalist and environmental services consultant Dick Benoit.
The event was co-chaired by Michael F. Bloom, manager of the sustainability practice at R. G. Miller Engineers and member of the Executive Committee of the Bayou Preservation Association, and Claire P. Caudill, association board member and community volunteer. Dave Fehling, Director of News and Public Affairs at Houston Public Media, served as emcee for the night.
Additional attendees included Janiece Longoria, chair of the Port Commission, John Blount, Harris County engineer, Russ Poppe, executive director of Harris County Flood Control District, Vince Ryan, a Harris County attorney, Steve Costello, chief resiliency officer for the City of Houston, Beth White, Houston Parks Board’s executive director, and Karla Cisneros, City of Houston council member.
Founded over 50 years ago under Houston resident Terry Hershey, The Bayou Preservation Association focuses on celebrating, caring, and renovating the natural richness of all of the region's bayous and streams through stewardship, leadership, education and outreach programs.