Mon, 12/18/2017, 9PM (CT) on 90.1FM. TOPICS: Flood Control on Buffalo Bayou, Addicks & Barker Dams, From 2013-11-13. GUESTS: Evelyn Merz (Sierra Club) [AUDIO/VIDEO]@KPFTHouston

SHOW AUDIO: Link is usually posted within about 72 hours of show broadcast. We take callers during this show at 713-526-5738.


For technical reasons, I’m having to do a prerecorded show this Monday night, and I thought I would dig into my HD3 archive to see what might be usable. This show was originally broadcast on KPFT-HD3 on November 11, 2013. Yet more than 4 years on it’s still timely, maybe more than ever.

Thinkwing Radio with Mike Honig (@ThinkwingRadio), a listener call-in show  airing live every Monday night from 9-10 PM (CT) on KPFT-FM 90.1 (Houston). My engineer is Bob Gartner.

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  • You’re entitled to your own opinion, but not your own facts;
    Houston Mayor Annise Parker [L] with Mike, just before the show. (Dec. 14, 2015)

    Houston Mayor Annise Parker [L] with Mike, just before the show. (Dec. 7, 2015)

  • An educated electorate is a prerequisite for a democracy.


“The hurricane flooded me out of a lot of memorabilia, but it can’t flood out the memories.” ~ Ex-NFL player Tom Dempsey on the effects of Hurricane Katrina




Some of the links used for this show are BELOW the break:


Houston is basically flat. It is recorded as having an elevation of about 43 feet above sea level in the vicinity of downtown. The Houston Heights are about 25 feet higher than that. This makes for slow runoff when there are sudden inflows of water, whether from local rain, or water coming from higher up in the regional watershed. Especially since the 1930s, the channeling of water – what is often called flood control – has been a significant part of life in metro-Houston. Houston has subsided, expanded and developed, more water-permeable land has been paved over, and paved roads have effectively turned into either channels or basins for water looking for a place to go.

This has created an endless need for flood control infrastructure and for human meddling with the local bayous; nature’s original means of draining this region of Texas.

My guest is Evelyn Merz of the Houston Regional Group of the Sierra Club. She is a past chair of the group and is currently the Conservation Chair. At the state-wide level of the Sierra Club, she works on state park issues and non-game wildlife.  Locally, Evelyn has worked on bayou issues for about 20 years and is currently coordinating the Houston Sierra Club response to Harris County Flood Control District’s Memorial Park Demonstration Plan for Buffalo Bayou.



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