Conservation Fund has developed a fascinating program that Fermata has been involved with for many years now. Their Green Infrastructure initiative works with communities around the nation to help with sustainable development and design. Fermata often covers the sustainable recreation and tourism sector, and that is the reason that I am here today.
Like many of you, we are concerned about our place on the planet. Shoal Creek, like so many that we have worked around over the years, is scarred from a history of disinterest and misuse. Our creek flows too little at times, the result of development impinging on the aquifer and springs. At other times the creek flows too much, as rainwater from surrounding neighborhoods rushes to the Colorado River rather than settling slowly into the soil. Our creek is polluted in places, with E.coli counts that spike due to animal waste from pets. In places garbage litters the bank.