Japhet Creek

A journal of the restoration project for Japhet Creek in north Houston, TX.

Sunday, December 12, 2004

Japhet Creek intro

Japhet creek winds its way from Clinton Drive to Buffalo Bayou. Along its way, it passes through an industrial complex, a neighborhood, around a scrap metal yard and finally passes underneath a sewage line and train trellis to finally integrate with Buffalo Bayou. The high banks are scattered with woodferns, greenbriar, yaupon trees, tangling vines, and Georgia cane grows along the tops of the banks. Small clumps of garlic chives grow within the grey clay soils. Ruella and papyrus also contribute to anchor the banks of the stream in place. Among the plants, discarded concrete, tires, and heavy scrap metal lay discarded. Small rivulets of stream water bubble up from a source underneath the Emile St. bridge. The bottom of the stream is mostly sandy with pebbles of gravel helping to stream the clearish brown water. The southeast bank near the scrap metal plant has a fallen tree and large amounts of erosion which have created a steep cliff of bare soil.


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