White Oak Bayou Fish-Off Saturday, June 3rd 2017
By popular demand the WOBA Fish-Off was resurrected.
We held this event in conjunction with Friends of Woodland Park's Happy Trails and Hot Dogs event.
Trophies were awarded to the Biggest, Ugliest and Most Unusual fish caught in the White Oak Bayou.
Other awards will include Little Angler Trophies, Best Fish Lips; Best One That Got Away Story; Biggest trash item pulled from the White Oak Bayou.
There were activities for the children, trail tours and free Hot Dogs for all!
The Winners Are:
Biggest 1st place Robert Keen, 2nd place Trendon Huebner, 3rd place Mendoza Family (Roy, Ananda, Milo)
Ugliest 1st place Abby Stepchinski, 2nd place Tommy
Most Unusual 1st place Sam, 2nd place Darryl Vickers
Little Angler 1st place Max Steel, 2nd place Emily Ruiz, 3rd place Robert
Best Story Gutiennez Family (Emma, Valantina, Milano)
Biggest Trash Found Sam
Fish Lips 1st place Zane Leblanc, 2nd place William Spellman
Thanks to our fantastic volunteers: Judges - George Guillen, Robe Belgau, Don Moser & Fred Lazare; Games and Activities - Pete Little, Liz Melton, Wendy Wright, Megan Freemantle, Alice Best & Tom Rommell; Photographer - Erika Kwee
Many thanks to Fred & Heather Lazare for the generous donation for the Hot Dogs!
Click Here for the wacky history of the event.
Photos from the 2017 event will be loaded on the Photos page.
Friends of Woodland Park Happy Trails and Hot Dogs
Saturday, June 3, 2017 11:00am - 1:00pm
The Friends of Woodland Park provided hot dogs, chips and root beer floats. Activities included the always popular Bayou City Play's pop-up playground and guided nature tours in the woods by a Texas Master Naturalist. The Houston Avenue replica trolley in the park was yarn-bombed to celebrate National Yarn Bomb day. Dedication of the recently installed B-cycle station was held at noon.
For more information visit their website: www.friendsofwoodlandpark.org
Friends of Olivewood clean ups the third Saturday of each month. 9:00 am to 11:00 am. Please bring lawn tools & water. Wear long pants & closed toe shoes. Contact www.descendantsofolivewood.org
Houston-Galveston Area Council - Community & Environment Planning Updates
Click Here for the link to upcoming events
First Sunday Bayou Rides - CLICK HERE to view photos
WOBA President Tom Gall (light blue shirt, gesturing near the center of both photos) led over 30 riders on the September, First Sunday Bayou Ride over the Labor Day weekend. The First Sunday Bayou rides are an opportunity for recreation, education and conversation for cyclists at all levels of experience and ability to explore Houston’s bayous via bike trails and by-ways. This month’s ride meandered upstream along White Oak Bayou trails and a few off trail gems from the confluence with Buffalo Bayou to West Little York Road and highlighted the latest progress of the Bayou Greenways project and other exciting developments in the expansion of Houston’s greenspaces. These rides typically last 2 to 3 hours and are on a combination of hard surface trails, streets and can involve some semi-challenging off trail routes along the bayou requiring big tires and real shoes. They take place on the first Sunday of each month, typically rain or shine. Riders meet up at Old Market Square Park in downtown at 8:00 AM and generally hit the road by about 8:15. To be put on the mailing list for the rides contact Michael Skelly at <MSkelly@cleanlineenergy.com>.
2016 Annual Meeting - November 15th 2016
This year's speaker was Ben Jones, WOBA's Rice University student intern who had been researching the benefits of bayou restoration/concrete removal as part of his internship. See the pdf version under New/History column on this page.
Click Here for photo from Ben's presentation
10th Annual Lady Bird Johnson Tribute Planting Event November 5th and 12th
Houston Parks Board and the Houston Parks and Recreation Department held their 10th Annual Lady Bird Johnson Tribute Wildflower Planting. This year, hundreds of acres of wildflower were planted in the meadows along the Bayou Greenways. The White Oak Bayou sites were managed by WOBA President Tom Gall
Tiger 3 Ground Breaking - Connecting White Oak Bayou Greenway to Buffalo Bayou Park - June 27, 2016
Groundbreaking for White Oak BayouPathTransit Link The Final of Six Connections Funded by $30 Million USDOT TIGER Project
Oakbrook Demolition Event - July 23, 2016
Council Member Stardig hosted a community event to celebrate the demolition. HPB will be there to help announce the planned transformation of this space into a park.
Tree Planting at Half Moon Bay - May 7, 2016
Three 15 gallon cypress trees were planted in memory of long time WOBA Board member, Margaret Dower.
Margaret Dower Grove
2016-05-97 Planting Team
Car Full of Trees
Bayou Greenway Day 2016 - March 26, 2016
T.C. Jester Park on White Oak Bayou Greenway between W. 43rd and W. 34th
Pictures to be loaded soon
Look for our tent on Houston Parks Board Facebook Site's BayouGreenway 2016 photo stream. We are the one with the cool fishing booth.
Half Moon Bay Breakfast & Tree Clearing- March 19, 2016
Pictures to be loaded soon
Rivers, Lakes, Bays 'Ns Bayous Trash Bash at Little Thicket Park - April 2, 2016
Pictures to be loaded soon
Buffalo Bayou Park's Grand Opening October 2 @ 1:30pm - 9:30pm
Watonga Bats Event - 2015-08-28
White Oak Bayou Path Ribbon Cutting - 2015-07-09
White Oak Bayou Bridge Bash - 2015-05-02
Click Here for the Leader article
Click Here and Here for the Houston Chronicle articles
Bayou Preservation Association - Watershed Reports for White Oak Bayou
WOBA's comment letter on North Houston Highway Improvement Project -I-45
STORMWATER QUALITY: George Guillen's Response of Aquatic Communities in Urban Areas of Harris County to Stream Substrate: 2007 to 2010 prepared by the Environmental Institute of Houston - University of Houston Clear Lake.
Click Here to view the Report.
Houston Bike Plan - Fore more information Click Here
Houston Parks & Recreation 2015 Parks Master Plan - For information click here.
Bayou Preservation Watershed - White Oak Bayou Representatives January 2017 Report Submitted 1/20/17.
Click Here to read.
White Oak Bayou: Benefits of a Restored Urban Stream
Presentation by Benjamin Jones at the 2016 White Oak Bayou Annual meeting November 15th, 2016
Clink link for PDF version
To read Ben Jones' paper presented for Rice Intern Studies - Click Here
White Oak Bayou: History of a Houston Waterway
by Benjamin Jones July 2016
Study as part of Rice University's Center for Civic Leadership internship with the White Oak Bayou Association
Click link for PDF version
White Oak Bayou wins Rice University 2016 Civic Innovation Incubator Award This March, the White Oak Bayou Association participated in the Rice University Civic Innovation Incubator workshop as a Community Partner. The one-day workshop pairs undergraduate students with local nonprofit organizations to help brainstorm solutions to the organizations’ institutional and outreach-based challenges. WOBA submitted a proposal outlining our efforts and goals for broadening our membership base and increasing community engagement for restoration of the Bayou. After meeting briefly with representatives from the WOBA Board, a three-person undergraduate student team brainstormed and presented their ideas to address this challenge. Their presentation was well thought-out and included innovative ideas such as interactive website improvements, social media campaigns, and signage around the bayou. The students were judged by community volunteers on their solutions and presentations as part of the workshop. We are thrilled to announce that the White Oak Bayou student group took home third place out of ten teams! Much to our benefit, the prize includes a summer internship for one of the students to implement their ideas, which will be fully-funded by Rice University. WOBA is currently working with Rice to organize and select an intern to focus on increasing our local presence and community engagement for the summer 2016. See "White Oak Bayou: History of a Houston Waterway" above.
Wright-Bembry Park Renovation
Turkey Gully Survey Update - November 2015
Army Corps of Engineers awards $71.9 million contract to rehabilitate Addicks, Barker dams
2015-09-22 Houston Parks Board White Oak Bayou Greenway Update
2002 WOBA Newsletter with Lynda Mifsud's (WOBA founder) Profile
1991 White Oak Bayou Resource Inventory
1922 Lower White Oak Map