Wed 20th Jan 2010
Brian Herod and his association with Japhet Creek Restoration.
CLEAN CREEK COALITION – To Help With the Restoration of Japhet Creek The Japhet Creek Restoration project’s mission is to restore the natural beauty of Japhet Creek. This creek is one of the few tributaries to Buffalo Bayou north of the bayou. Its spring fed waters have been a dumping ground for years. For decades, polluters have thrown cement blocks, tires, scrap metal, and small trash into the creek. In November 2004, the Japhet Civic Association decided to clean up the creek and restore this natural habitat for red tailed hawks, night herons, red-eared slider turtles and the many other species that make this creek their homes. Teams have removed over 425 bags of trash, 215 tires and 2600 pounds of scrap metal. We have expanded our collaborations to include Buffalo Bayou Partnership, Bayou Preservation Association, and Keep Houston Beautiful. Groups that have attended include members of the Permaculture Guild of Houston, school groups, corporate volunteers and many other concerned and responsible Houstonians who want to see this natural gem preserved. We appreciate everyone’s help and can always use more.
Visitors may also participate in always-changing programming that includes nature journals, water quality testing, decomposition bservations, soil type explorations, home environmental awareness inventory logs, bird feeders and many more activities that can be used in the exhibit areas or even taken home for further backyard experiences!
Lawrence Spence, educator and one of the sponsors of the Houston Environmental Education Summit.
Third Annual HISD Sustainability Education Summit Date: January 23, 2010 Location: One Main Street, Houston, Texas, 77002 The event, co-sponsored by the National Wildlife Federation, Houston Independent School District, and the Environmental Educators’ Exchange (EEE), will be exploring how the growing national movement to “green up” our schools can help students achieve at their highest levels. Come see how you can help educate our children for the challenges of this century. Speakers include Kevin Coyle, Jim Blackburn, and Robin Moore, Ph.D. Hands-on activities and exhibits will be available as well as field tours after the summit. Attendance is free. Link to registration and summit agenda (available mid-December): online.nwf.org/houstonee09 or visit www.houstonsyh.org