Baytown Nature Center: How Did it Happen?




Rountree, Bobby

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Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission


For the better part of 27 years, I have been in a position to be directly involved in the transformation of the Brownwood subdivision from a beautiful residential neighborhood to a neighborhood suffering from the effects of subsidence and frequent flooding. I have lived through Hurricane Alicia in 1983 that destroyed the area and was the Baytown Parks and Recreation Director responsible for developing the first park plan for the area after residents were not allowed to rebuild. After several years of court battles and negative national publicity, the Brownwood subdivision has become an asset rather than a liability. Although nature has done most of the work, local government, industry, and a group of dedicated volunteers have provided the vision and resources for this amazing transformation.


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subsidence, flooding, industry, governments, publicity material