Following catastrophic flooding from Tropical Storm Allison in 2001 and major thunder storms in 2002, the Greenspoint District organized area leaders and businesses, and invited Harris County Flood Control District to the table to help address flooding issues. In 2002, the Greens Bayou Task Force was established and began working to minimize future flood damages.
The Task Force’s early success was the completion of a major feasibility study, which revealed numerous bayou concerns that held potential threats to the community within the vast Greens Bayou Watershed. The group realized that addressing these issues would require participation at local, state and federal levels. They began bringing together agencies and entities to work collaboratively on current projects and future plans. This collaboration became a way to improve the impact of drainage, transportation and other infrastructure projects throughout the community.
By 2004, the unprecedented teamwork of the Task Force had inspired a broader mission to use this newly found collective voice to address issues along the entire length of the bayou, not just in Greenspoint. The goal would be to improve the quality of life for the approximately 400,000 residents along Greens Bayou, from Willowbrook to the Houston Ship Channel, through economic development, flood mitigation and parks/trail development.
The North Houston Association (NHA) stepped forward to help turn the concept for the coalition into a functioning 501(c)(3) organization. With NHA’s leadership and the help of numerous volunteers, the Greens Bayou Corridor Coalition became a reality in 2007.
As the Coalition’s activities evolved to the point that a full-time staff member was needed, the Greenspoint District agreed to fund the salary of an executive director who would work jointly on District and Coalition projects, while fund-raising to support project and operating expenses. In March 2009, Regina Lindsey was hired.
Today, the GBCC is actively pursuing its mission through quarterly Board of Directors meetings and through reach committee meetings for each of the four sections – or “reaches” – of the bayou. Each Reach Committee has a chair and is comprised of volunteers who work to address the challenges and opportunities specific to their section. GBCC also hosts frequent events with speakers presenting information to the public about the organization’s progress.