More Nature Destroyed in Trinity Watershed

Incompetence is hard to stomach.

Before and after photo by Ben Sandifer
Before and after photo by Ben Sandifer

Ben Sandifer had a couple hours to kill Sunday, so he went traipsing around down in the McCommas Bluff Nature Preserve. He found some tracks of heavy vehicles and followed them to the disturbing scene you see above. The “before” photo was taken in April 2014. The “after” picture was taken February 8. This place has been destroyed. It’s a county preserve. Ben has called around to all the various agencies — Trinity Watershed, Water Utilities, he even called John Wiley Price — but he hasn’t gotten an answer yet as to who did this and why. Read Sandifer’s blog to learn more about the sensitive area and what’s at stake (such as one of about 100 known trout lily colonies in the State of Texas).

Remember last year when Trinity Watershed Management officials apologized for their incompetence and invited a bunch of folks out to see their horrible stewardship of the land and promised it wouldn’t happen again? Yeah, well. So much for that.

“A half acre here, an acre there disappears,” Sandifer says. “Suddenly you don’t have anything left.”

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Comments

  • Dov Ecluts

    At least get me a picture from the same season so I can do an actual assessment of the damage.

    Comparing a picture from spring to one in the middle of winter is similar to techniques infomercials use.

    • Mary Potter

      I live on Riverwood, though I am not a photographer. I am not as well informed as Ben Sandifer, but I can testify to the damage. Rosettes of wildflowers are coming up along with the early spring weeds, but not on the bluff where the ground has been ravaged by four wheelers and mudders. I doubt that there will be any wildflowers there this year. The very least the city could do is close the gates which used to be there at the end of Fairport, the end of Riverwood and the entrance to the preserve. This could at least diminish the desecration of the land.

  • mako

    Betting mudders, of the Jeep variety.