The mission of the Bayou Preservation Association (BPA) is to protect and restore the richness and diversity of our waterways through activism, advocacy, collaboration and education. BPA focuses its efforts on the 22 watersheds in the greater Houston area.

The BPA spearheaded the development of the Buffalo Bayou Paddling Trail, which received its official designation as a state paddling trail by Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD). At 26 miles, the paddle trail is the longest in the state of Texas, extending from Highway 6 at Terry Hershey Park on the west side of town, to Allen’s Landing in downtown Houston.

The BPA works in cooperation with Bayou Shuttle Service which not only transports paddlers to and from their put-in and take-out points, but provides full-service guided tours on Buffalo Bayou with personnel trained in CPR and basic first aid.

Currently, the BPA in partnership with the Cypress Creek Greenway Project, Harris County Precincts 3 and 4, Harris County Flood Control District, the Texas Department of Transportation and the Timber Lane Utility District, is well on its way to ensuring the designation of Cypress Creek as a state-sanctioned Paddling Trail. Under the REI grant, 9 of the 10 launches needed along Cypress Creek have been identified or constructed.

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