Senate Passes Rep. Green's Buffalo Bayou Study Legislation
November 20, 2002
Washington, DC - The U.S. Senate passed legislation last night introduced by Congressman Gene Green (D-TX) to begin the process of designating Buffalo Bayou as a National Heritage Area. Such a designation would highlight the historical significance of the waterway and allow local officials to apply for federal resources to further the redevelopment of the area. Texas Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison introduced the companion legislation in the Senate. It will now go to President Bush, where he is expected to sign it into law.
This legislation is an important step in the process of the designating Buffalo Bayou a National Heritage Area, Green said. I want to thank Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison for introducing the companion legislation in the Senate and working so hard to get this bill through the Senate. Her dedication to this project has helped immensely in furthering this legislation.
Obtaining a National Heritage Area designation will help highlight the role the Buffalo Bayou played in Houston's development, said Sen. Hutchison. The tremendous community support behind this effort demonstrates the commitment to preserving and enhancing this historic part of the city for future generations to enjoy.
H.R. 1776, the Buffalo Bayou National Heritage Area Study Act, would authorize the National Park Service (NPS) to conduct a study to examine whether the east side of Buffalo Bayou is worthy of being designated a National Heritage Area. A positive study determination by the NPS would allow the introduction of the actual Buffalo Bayou National Heritage Area legislation in Congress.
The numerous historic sites and events which have taken place in and around Buffalo Bayou makes this area an ideal candidate for such designation. With the help of our city and county leaders, and the Buffalo Bayou Partnership, we have a good chance to gain a positive recommendation from the National Park Service on our designation request.
Green said that designating Buffalo Bayou from Shepherd Drive to the Turning Basin as a National Heritage Area would help Houstons efforts to recognize our history. Additionally, it will allow for the continued beautification of Buffalo Bayou similar to the transformation taking place at Allens Landing and enhance the vital green space for all residents to enjoy. If the National Park Service deems the project worthy, Green will then introduce legislation designating Buffalo Bayou as a National Heritage area.