Bayou Preservation Association Honors Deserving Individuals with 2019 Terry Hershey Bayou Stewardship Awards at Annual Luncheon

The Bayou Preservation Association’s ninth annual Terry Hershey Bayou Stewardship Awards honored three individuals for their outstanding commitment to aiding in the conservation, preservation, restoration or advocacy of Houston's waterways. This year’s awardees included Mayor Sylvester Turner, City of Houston (Public Sector); Kevin Shanley, President of SWA Group and former Bayou Preservation Association chairman (Private Sector) and Jackie Young, founder of Texas Health and Environment Alliance (Non-profit Sector). Former Harris County Judge, the Honorable Ed Emmett, (who was unable to attend) received a special recognition award.

Nearly $70,000 was raised at the May 21 luncheon at the Junior League of Houston to support the Bayou Preservation Association’s mission: to Celebrate, Protect and Restore the natural richness of all our bayous and streams. Ongoing programs include stream corridor restoration, bayou citizen science, trash-free bayous, and bayou appreciation. These help to improve the health of our waterways.
Each of the winners gave remarks in appreciation of the award and encouraged all guests to be advocates for our bayous and waterways through positive action and ongoing involvement. All lauded Terry Hershey as a trail blazer in Houston’s environmental community. Lawson playfully took selfies with each honoree after they accepted their awards.
Three brief videos were interspersed during the luncheon program: one about the “force of nature” named Terry Hershey and her activism for our bayous; the second about each honoree and their accomplishments as described by those who nominated them and the final one highlighting Judge Ed Emmett and his strong support of the Bayou Preservation Association’s mission and its work in preserving, protecting and restoring area waterways. The videos were produced in partnership with Luminary Productions.
About the Honorees:
Mayor Sylvester Turner is committed to Houston’s sustainability and resiliency and has taken significant action to restore and protect the region’s waterways. Initiatives to this end include appointing a Chief Resilience Officer, creating a recovery office after Hurricane Harvey, promoting the Adopt-A-Drain program, leading the way for Houston to join the 100 Resilient Cities Global Network and calling for a Climate Action Plan.

As principal of the global landscape architecture firm, SWA Group, and a former Bayou Preservation Association Board Chair, Kevin Shanley has helped transform public opinion about the region’s bayous through award-winning bayou park designs and successful advocacy with public agencies and elected officials.

Jackie Young is founder of the nonprofit Texas Health and Environment Alliance, created to protect water resources and safeguard public health from the harmful effects of toxic waste. Her advocacy with the San Jacinto River Coalition dramatically impacted the Superfund process for the San Jacinto River Waste Pits, resulting in the EPA’s commitment to fully remediate the toxic site along the San Jacinto River.

The Honorable Ed Emmett is being recognized for his years of service as Harris County Judge, his commitment to the health of local bayous and waterways, and his support of Bayou Preservation Association. After managing Harris County for 11 years, he is now teaching at Rice University.


The honorees for the 2019 Terry Hershey Bayou Stewardship Awards include Mayor
Sylvester Turner (Public Sector); Kevin Shanley (Private Sector) and Jackie Young (Nonprofit Sector.) Photo by Johnny Than with Jenny Antill Photography.