Bayou Preservation Association's Board of Directors has designated a number of committees focused on governance and management of the organization. Program/Project Committees focus on specific issues relating to streams and bayous in the greater Houston area or to particular Bayou Preservation Association activities.


Bayou Appreciation Program Committee

The purpose of the Bayou Appreciation Committee is to help guide implementation of the Bayou Appreciation Program, including all its key components/activities:   Texas Paddling Trails, regattas, bayou clean-up assistance, guided paddling trips, and guided walking adventures, plus education and outreach support. 

Bayou Citizen Science Program Committee

The purpose of the Bayou Citizen Science Committee is to help guide implementation of the Bayou Citizen Science Program, including all its key components/activities:  intensive water quality monitoring, Texas Stream Team data monitors, Texas Stream Team observation monitors, scientific support for special projects, plus education and outreach support, such as informing citizens for action. 

Stream Corridor Restoration Program Committee

The purpose of the Stream Corridors Committee is to help guide implementation of the Stream Corridor Restoration Program, including all its key components/activities:  technical advisory group, training and certification programs, vegetation management services, plus education and outreach support.

Trash-Free Bayous Program Committees

The purpose of the Trash-Free Bayous committees is to help guide implementation of the Trash-Free Bayous Program, including all its key elements/activities:  volunteer bayou clean-ups (including Trash Bash), nonpoint source pollution prevention plan, pilot projects, social marketing, community art, plus education and outreach support (presentations, workshops, reports).   The Trash-Free Bayous Program has two main committees:  Trash-Free Bayous Committee and Trash Bash Team.

Trash-Free Bayous Committee

The purpose of the Trash-Free Bayous Committee is to help plan and implement strategies and projects to prevent trash, and other nonpoint pollution, from entering the bayous.

Trash Bash Team

The purpose of the Trash Bash Team is to coordinate planning and logistics for the annual Trash Bash event, and to provide guidance/assistance for other local volunteer clean-up projects.

Outreach/Education Committees

While all programs and projects include outreach and education components, the outreach/education committees or task forces will serve to address cross-cutting efforts and to help guide overall outreach, education, and communications of the Corporation, including:  reviewing and evaluating media communications; helping to maintain cohesive external communications; and helping to develop and implement communications procedures and plans.  The following describes specific cross-cutting outreach and education committees.

Art Car Committee

The purpose of the Art Car Committee is to help guide use of the Bayou Preservation art car for outreach and education purposes.  The Art Car Committee will develop recommendations for policies and procedures for the operation of the car and for selection and implementation of its use at community events/locations.

Newsletter Committee

The purpose of the Newsletter Committee is to provide design guidance and editorial assistance in the production of a regular monthly e-newsletter on Bayou Preservation activities, programs, and news, to be distributed via email to the larger Bayou Preservation community.

Symposium Committee

The purpose of the Symposium Committee is to organize, implement and facilitate an annual day-long symposium to advocate and educate the public on topics consistent with the Bayou Preservation Association mission and vision.

Website and Social Media Committee

The purpose of the Website and Social Media Committee is to monitor and provide recommendations on the website design and content on an ongoing basis and to provide a process and content for social media.

Public Policy Committee

The purpose of the Public Policy Committee is to help formulate and articulate the stance of Bayou Preservation on specific issues within the mission and vision of Bayou Preservation Association.  This includes drafting letters and releases of support, opposition and/or comment on the activities of other organization, governmental agencies and legislative processes.  All public policy statements/positions require approval by the Board (or the Executive Committee if timing is an issue) prior to release.

Terry Hershey Bayou Stewardship Award Task Force

The purpose of the annual Terry Hershey Bayou Stewardship Award Task Force is to solicit and evaluate nominations for the award, and to select the recipients of this annual Bayou Preservation award.  Individuals will be selected from the private, public and/or non-profit sectors who have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to aiding in the conservation, preservation, restoration and/or advocacy of our region's waterways.

Volunteer Coordination Team

The purpose of the Volunteer Coordination Team is to help establish, organize, and guide an effective volunteer program that builds a team of dedicated individuals of all ages active in Bayou Preservation Association programs, projects, and committees,  matches potential volunteers to activities commensurate with their interests and talents, communicates volunteer needs to the membership and/or to the public,  and recommends and helps guide initiatives to recognize and reward volunteers.

Watersheds Committee

The Watersheds Committee is comprised of one or more individuals from watersheds within the Bayou Preservation geographic area, and particularly those watersheds in Tier One.  The representatives may be individual interested citizens or part of a larger group in their watershed.
The purpose of the Watersheds Committee is twofold:

  1. To assist watershed representatives in meeting their goals:  serving as a Bayou Preservation interface, networking, and knowing their watersheds; and
  2. To provide support for watershed representatives, including:  watershed page for the watershed on Bayou Preservation website; a platform from which the representatives can speak with authority/credibility; technical support, such as information on water quality issues in the watershed, education materials and/or opportunities, and networking resources; opportunities to enhance recognition of the watershed; and PowerPoint template for Bayou Preservation portion of watershed presentations.