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The South Reach of Greens Bayou extends from US 90 to the Houston Ship Channel. Within the Port of Houston, the South Reach is marked by heavy industry. Chevron, BASF, Shell, Kinder Morgan and many others maintain large operations near the port. In contrast, the upstream portions of the bayou are the most natural stretches of the bayou.
Creating a designated Texas Paddle Trail, ecosystem restoration and preservation, and economic development are the primary goals of the South Reach Committee.
- The Houston Parks Board and City of Houston are collaborating with the Coalition to create a 6.5 acre park that will eventually become the southern-most trail head of a 9 to 20 mile paddle trail. Thomas Bell Foster Park now includes parking, trails and the bayou’s first constructed canoe launch. Educational outreach programs are underway on the site.
- A Paddle Trail Strategic Plan is underway with the assistance of the National Park Service. The planned paddle trail would begin in the South Reach and go upstream as far north as the Greenspoint area.
- A $50,000 grant from the Texas Water Development Board along with $50,000 in matching funds from community partners have allowed the Coalition to conduct a regional waste water treatment feasibility study of 7,000 acres of unincorporated Harris County near the Port of Houston.
The South Reach Committee meets on the first Wednesday of the month at different locations within the reach.