Clean & Green Program
Five days a week, BBP’s Clean & Green team is out on the water collecting and removing trash and debris from Houston’s most significant natural resource. Community service workers assist BBP staff members with the removal of litter and cleaning of storm drains, the bayou’s banks, and other natural collection areas. Integral to this program is the Bayou-Vac, an industrial strength vessel that vacuums floatable trash from the water’s surface that was originally designed by a BBP board member. BBP also utilizes containment booms strategically placed on Buffalo Bayou and neighboring bayous for more efficient collection.
What can you do to help?
- Support the Clean & Green team by making a donation.
- Pick up trash in and around your neighborhood, even if it isn’t yours.
- Use reusable bags when shopping.
- Start using refillable water bottles.
- Bring your own coffee mug to work.
- Pack lunch in a reusable container.
- Don’t purchase products with excess packaging.
- Try reusable straws.
In 2022, BBP collected and removed more than 2,000 cubic yards of trash and debris from the waterway, which equals approximately 167 commercial dump truck loads.
Removing trash, debris, and other pollutants from Buffalo Bayou prevents them from making their way to Galveston Bay, the largest estuary on the Texas coast and part of the National Estuary Program. BBP’s waterway cleanup improves the water quality of our region, leading to a healthier ecosystem and habitats for wildlife.
Support the Clean & Green team by making a donation.
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The Bayou-Vac is BBP’s vacuum boat, created by BBP Board Member Mike Garver. This second-generation vessel makes the Clean & Green operation far more effective.
HOW TRASH GETS HERE
David “Bayou Dave” Rivers of BBP’s Clean & Green team explains how trash and plastic end up in Buffalo Bayou.