Almost 40 years ago, when I moved to Houston, I fell in love with the extraordinary beauty of this City. And nowhere in Houston is more beautiful than the Lake Houston Area. The pictures below show why it’s worth fighting for.
Nature in the Lake Houston Area isn’t a place you go to visit. You don’t have to drive or fly to it. It’s all around you. Step out your back door and you’re already there. You’re breathing it. You’re being it.
Harvey Was an Eye Opener
Right up until Hurricane Harvey, I felt, on balance, this was the most perfect place in America to raise my family. Houston offers career opportunities found in few other cities. And the Lake Houston Area, in particular, offers the things my family and I value.
Harvey didn’t change my mind about those things. But it did open my eyes to some things I should have paid closer attention to. All around us, that perfect environment was quietly and steadily being eroded for decades.
It’s not gone. But it is threatened. Every day. More than a thousand other posts on this web site amply chronicle those threats. I won’t dwell on them here. Nor will I dwell on how “the greatest flood ever” kept being replaced by the new “greatest flood ever.”
What We Need to Fight For
I would like, instead, to share several images that show it’s not too late to preserve what we have. But to do that, we have to fight for it.
We need to fight for:
- Responsible aggregate mining.
- Better development practices that respect nature.
- Upstream floodplain regulations that reduce flooding.
- Flood mitigation efforts that keep the 100-year floodplain a 100-year floodplain.
Why We Need to Fight
I took all of the pictures below in the last three months. They show what we need to save. All were shot inside America’s fourth largest city, which makes them even more unique.
Please join the fight. There’s another legislative session starting in six months.
Posted by Bob Rehak on 7/15/2020
1051 Days since Hurricane Harvey