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Jones Park Nature Center Renovations Begin Bookmark

Jones Park Nature Center Renovations Begin
August 2017 was a month many Texans will never forget. Hurricane Harvey brought approximately 38 inches of rainfall over a five-day period to the Humble and Kingwood area and up to 50 inches of rain over the entire region. The San Jacinto River at Highway 59 crested at more than 69 feet, the highest in recent history. Flood waters overwhelmed the park up to the front entrance gate, measuring 6 feet 4 inches in the Nature Center – two feet higher than the 1994 flood event when the Nature Center flooded

Wetlands at Jones Park Help Control Flooding Bookmark

Wetlands at Jones Park Help Control Flooding
While flood control has become a major priority in recent months, Jones Park has long preserved one of the area’s original flood control systems: wetlands. In the Houston area, rainwater runoff is channeled through a system of streams and tributaries east into the San Jacinto River and finally south to Galveston Bay. Some of this rain collects in wetlands, which support a variety of plant and animal species. Located along Spring and Cypress creeks and near the West Fork of the San Jacinto River, Jones Park

Turtles Ride Out Harvey Bookmark

Turtles Ride Out Harvey
When disaster strikes, most animals head to higher ground. Turtles simply hunker down and ride out the storm. Fast-moving floodwaters would ordinarily have displaced the turtles in Jones Park’s Turtle Pond, but Hurricane Harvey had a different effect, said Jason Naivar, staff naturalist at Jones Park. “Unless they can wedge themselves into vegetation or a structure, odds are they will get carried downstream,” he said. “But, with Harvey, the water line was up in the tree canopy. This gave the turtles plenty of