Japhet Creek

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

Tuesday, July 26, 2005

REI presentations

Tonight, I finished the second of my presentations at REI. Their outreach coordinator, Christian McNeil, had asked me to tell their members and visitors about the restoration. A handful of folks showed up to the presentation and asked mostly about the historical features of the creek and surrounding neighborhood. Christian said that they'd publicize our workdays and possibly formally sponsor it as a REI workday.

We're planning on scheduling two workdays per month in Sept., Oct. and Nov. With that amount of time, we should make some good headway on cleaning out much of the light trash in the area. We're also working with the owner of the rice mill across the street from Japhet to use his facilities for a fundraising event and volunteer appreciation event. More details as they arise.

Monday, July 11, 2005

revegetation of washout area

The washout area has been slowly becoming revegetated. In the winter and early fall, we planted seeds and a few plants in hoping to control some of the erosion. Now, the area is becoming revegetated. Wildflowers such as Clasping Coneflower, Goldenwave , Scarlet Sage, and a handful of sunflowers. The short grasses that spread in the fall have begun to die back and the tall grasses are beginning to sprout and seed. Unfortunately, I don't know the names of grasses as well as wildflowers. The virginia sweetspire died probably due to the dry June that we had, but the False Indigo is thriving, probably because its native riparian background. Even one of the inland seaoats has survived long enough to send out seeds.