Congressman Green reintroduces Buffalo Bayou National Heritage Act
Washington – Today, Rep. Gene Green reintroduced his Buffalo Bayou National Heritage Area Act (H.R. 3185) to continue his efforts in having Houston’s own Buffalo Bayou designated as a National Heritage Area. If passed, H.R. 3185 would be the final step in designating the 25-mile stretch of the Houston Ship Channel as the first National Heritage Area in Texas.
The legislation would provide the tourism benefits of National Heritage Area federal recognition without placing any restrictions on land or commerce, and has received bipartisan support from fellow Houston Representatives Pete Olson, Sheila Jackson Lee, Al Green, and Steve Stockman.
The City Councils of Houston, Baytown, Pasadena, Deer Park, Galena Park, and LaPorte have all passed a resolution of support for the National Heritage Area designation. Other stakeholders, including the Port of Houston, East Harris County Manufacturers Association (EHCMA), and other industry and economic development groups are also supportive of the bill.
Rep. Gene Green stated, “Buffalo Bayou has a long history of significance for the state and nation, from the Battle of San Jacinto, where Texas won its independence from Mexico, to driving our national economy today as one of the biggest energy and petrochemical complexes in the U.S. I’m proud to reintroduce this bill to have Buffalo Bayou be the first National Heritage Area in Texas. It’s a great opportunity to honor the historical significance of Buffalo Bayou and the Houston Ship Channel and also spur economic growth through tourism.”
A National Heritage Area is a place designated by Congress where natural, cultural, historic and scenic resources combine to form a cohesive, nationally distinctive landscape arising from patterns of human activity shaped by geography. These patterns make National Heritage Areas representative of the national experience through the physical features that remain and the traditions that have evolved in them.
In 2002, Congressman Green and Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison’s Buffalo Bayou National Heritage Study Act commissioned a study by the National Park Service. The report, released in 2010, determined that the Buffalo Bayou area is eligible for National Heritage Area designation. A copy of the study can be found here.