Having succeeded in somewhat reducing the planned amount of tree carnage at the southern end of their neighborhood bounding a portion of the Willow Waterhole Stormwater Detention Basin, residents of Post Oak Manor now have another curious byproduct of those flood-reduction efforts to contend with. Contractors working on the Harris County Flood Control District project are now lining a section of the new detention basin with actual barbed-wire fencing. “This is public paid-for lands,” complains neighborhood resident Valerie Runge. “I can’t help but feel this is retaliation for the trouble we caused trying to keep a few of the trees.”
A city ordinance appears to prohibit the use of this type of barbed-wire fencing. Nevertheless, it is now wrapping the entire new prairie conservation area in the easternmost portion of the Willow Waterhole project west of South Post Oak Blvd., north of the pipeline that crosses the site — as pictured in this site plan:
Here’s a photo of fencework in progress, running past the end of Windwood St., were it dead ends past Warm Springs Rd.:
“Children play here, people walk their dogs, kids ride their bikes,” notes Runge. Across the western edge of the fence is Beren Academy.
Workers have been planting prairie grass in the new conservation area since the week of December 16th, when they cut down trees flanking the neighborhood — fewer than originally planned.
- Previously on Swamplot: The Latest Tree-Clearing Scheduled for Willow Waterhole