By Elsa Maxey
There’s a short on-line survey that takes about 15 minutes to complete having to do with the Brazos River running though Fort Bend County, and residents are encouraged to complete it.
Fort Bend Green seeks public input from those who would like to have a say about using the Brazos River for recreation. They can also share their feelings about conserving the river and at the end of the survey, there’s a place for sharing personal stories about the river.
In a news release from Fort Bend County, it reports that Fort Bend Green was awarded a National Park Service’s Rivers, Trails and Conservation Program grant to help develop a Recreation Master Plan for the Brazos River Corridor in Fort Bend. Fort Bend Green will be assisted by a steering committee of public and private partners, which include the City of Sugar Land and Missouri City.
Sugar Land city spokesperson Doug Adolph said the city “supports the effort to plan parks and recreation facilities and activities along the Brazos River corridor” noting that in Sugar Land and its ETJ, there are nine river miles and approximately 3,600 acres of river floodway property. Of the 1,200 acres the city acquired, it has already developed about 200 of them, the trails, picnic pavilions, restrooms, a playground, a dog park and a fishing pond.
Sugar Land is also working with Fort Bend Green “to try to get the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department to designate a paddling trail along the Brazos,” said Adolph. A canoe launch at the U.S. Highway 59 turn-around is planned for completion and there is also a second phase of development underway, said Adolph.
Missouri City is partnering with public entities in the steering committee “that will provide valuable input and feedback toward the development of the Brazos River Corridor Recreation Master Plan,” said city spokesperson Stacie Walker. The city expects to “formulate specific programs that will best benefit our citizens,” said Walker.
In the end, the intention of the overall effort is to tie Austin County and Stephen F. Austin State Park north of Fort Bend County to Brazos Bend State Park and Brazoria County to the south of Fort Bend County. This is considered an important connection between the two recreational assets.
The Brazos River is 75 miles long, it crosses all of Fort Bend County and it is the longest river in Texas.
To access the survey and provide input for the development of a master plan for the Brazos River, visit surveymonkey.com/s/Brazos_River_Recreation_Plan