The Mighty Tidy turns FOUR this summer, and this whimsical trash-guzzling boat can be seen hunting down litter in Buffalo Bayou five days a week from Shepherd Drive to the East Loop 610. In addition to capturing debris washed into the bayou from storm drains and street runoff, the boat is also equipped with special attachments to remove trash located in trees and on the bayou banks.
The Skimmer Boat, a 21-foot garbage guzzler, is part of phase one of the Buffalo Bayou Partnership’s 20-year Master Plan, Buffalo Bayou and Beyond. The Mighty Tidy is central to the Partnership’s mission of helping to restore Buffalo Bayou to an ecologically functional system.
After its first four years of operation, The Mighty Tidy has collected more than 4500 cubic yards of litter along Buffalo Bayou between Shepherd Drive and the Turning Basin. That's enough trash to fill up the Rocket's court at Toyota Center25 feet tall!
The Buffalo Bayou Partnership along with Port of Houston Authority, Harris County Supplemental Environmental Program, Harris County Flood Control District and City of Houston Environmental Investigation Unit launched Mighty Tidy, the Bayou’s Trashcat that is specially designed boat to skim refuse along the banks of Buffalo Bayou on June 12, 2003.
Haley Hendrix, a second grader from Lamkin Elementary, gave the Trashcat its name after winning the Skimmer boat naming contest.
Special thanks to Whole Foods Market and Southwest Bank of Texas for sponsoring the Skimmer Boat naming program.
Please visit United Marine International website to find out more about our Mighty Tidy.
Awards and Recognitions
The Mighty Tidy won the prestigious EPA Gulf Guardian Award in 2004. THE GULF GUARDIAN is presented annually to recognize environmental stewardship and excellence in the five contouring states of the Gulf of Mexico. The awards are sponsored by the partnership of the Gulf of Mexico Program.
The essence of this award echoes one of the primary missions of the Buffalo Bayou Partnership and its supporters: to discover innovative solutions that balance conservation and development.