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The Terry Hershey Bayou Stewardship Award

Bayou Preservation Association established the prestigious Terry Hershey Bayou Stewardship Award in 2010 in honor of its founder, Terry Hershey. She, along with then-Congressman George H.W. Bush and developer George Mitchell, halted a plan by the Army Corps of Engineers to channelize and concrete Buffalo Bayou in the 1960's. Thanks to these forward-thinking individuals, much of Buffalo Bayou has remained in an a mostly natural state, providing plant and animal habitats, green spaces, and recreational opportunities for countless local residents and visitors. This award recognizes those who have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to aiding in the conservation, preservation, restoration or advocacy of Houston’s waterways.

Each year, the prestigious Terry Hershey Bayou Stewardship Award recognizes individuals in the community who have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to aiding in the conservation, preservation, restoration and/or advocacy of Houston's waterways. 

2020 Award

The 2020 nominations opened on Tuesday, September 3, 2019 and closed on Friday, November 8, 2019. The 2020 Terry Hershey Bayou Stewardship Awards Luncheon will take place Tuesday, May 5, 2020 at Junior League of Houston.

UPDATE - 4/6/20: 
Due to the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19 pandemic), associated Junior League venue closure, our desire to honor the 2020 Terry Hershey Bayou Stewardship Awardees in a meaningful way, and our desire to keep our partners and donors safe, we have made the necessary decision to postpone the luncheon. A date will be selected and shared with our supporters as soon as we are able to confirm a new date. 

Guests and supporters that still wish to reserve a ticket and/or sponsorship may do so by clicking the button below. We are deeply appreciative of your confidence and support in this uncertain time.


The 2020 recipients are:

Non-Profit Sector 

Jill Boullion is Executive Director of Bayou Land Conservancy (BLC). BLC is an accredited land trust, founded in 1996, that preserves 14,000 acres in the greater Houston region, primarily through the use of conservation easements. BLC preserves land along streams to reduce flooding, improve water quality, and protect habitat in the Lake Houston (upper San Jacinto River) watershed, the primary source of drinking water for millions of people in the region. BLC also manages the award-winning, 14-mile Spring Creek Nature Trail, a project built by the community, for the community. Before coming to BLC, Jill was Executive Director of Greens Bayou Coalition and helped bring a $55 million federal flood damage reduction project, a paddle trail, and new parks to the watershed.

A native Nebraskan, she holds a bachelor’s Degree in Journalism from the University of Nebraska and is a certified Professional Community & Economic Development professional. Jill enjoys working with diverse groups of stakeholders to advance community goals. She wants to protect special outdoor spaces for her two grand kids. Jill lives in northwest Harris County with her husband, Patrick, and two cats, Ernest Holmes and Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Private Sector 

Terri Thomas has a decades-long commitment to both our bayous and our environment. After graduating with a Degree in Special Education for the Visually Impaired from University of Texas at Austin, she spent the next two years teaching in HISD followed by several years in sales and volunteer recruitment for Lighthouse for the Blind—where she was named ‘Volunteer of the Year’ in 1980. In 1997, she developed the STOMP (STOpping Mosquito Proliferation) program with Harris County Mosquito Control, mayors of six Memorial Villages and two national companies, where she recruited and trained 400 volunteers to go door-to-door educating homeowners about mosquito breeding and control. Ms. Thomas has sat on many local non-profit boards including Buffalo Bayou Partnership, Bayou Preservation Association, WindSync, Air Alliance Houston, and Memorial Park Conservancy where she established and chaired important community events like Earth Day Houston and championed flood-related issues, including nature-based solutions to trash and erosion control.

Special Recognition

Our region is lucky to have life-long environmental advocates, but we also have a thriving community of young people worthy of recognition. Bayou Preservation is proud to honor Caoilin Krathaus and Lila Mankad and their student-led initiative Bag Free Bayous, which works to make Houston’s bayous free of plastic waste. Check out their amazing work here.


150 miles of trails. 3,000 acres of greenspace. A $220 million public-private partnership. One shared vision for parks that brings us closer to each other and creates equitable access for all. Learn more about this exciting project here.

2019 Award

The Bayou Preservation Association presented the 9th Annual Terry Hershey Bayou Stewardship Awards on Tuesday, May 21, 2019 , honoring individuals for their outstanding commitment to aiding in the conservation, preservation, restoration or advocacy of Houston's waterways. We had a great time recognizing these deserving 2019 awardees.

2019 Recipients: Mayor Sylvester Turner, Kevin Shanley and Jackie Young; The Honorable Ed Emmett

2019 Recipients: Mayor Sylvester Turner, Kevin Shanley and Jackie Young; (Not pictured: The Honorable Ed Emmett)
Past Award Winners

2019 Recipients: Mayor Sylvester Turner, Kevin Shanley and Jackie Young; The Honorable Ed Emmett
2018 Recipient: Mary Anne Piacentini 
2017 Recipients: Honorable R. Jack Cagle, Deborah January-Bevers and Dick Benoit
2016 Recipients: Ed Wulfe and John Blount
2015 Recipient: Mark Kramer
2014 Recipient: Jim Robertson
2013 Recipients: George H.W. Bush and George Mitchell
2012 Recipient: Hugh Barrett
2011 Recipient: Art Storey


Nomination Criteria

  • Name(s) of Nominator and their contact information
  • Name of Nominee
  • Category of Nominee:  Nonprofit, Public Sector, or Private Sector
  • Description of Reason for Nomination: In your description of the reason for the nomination of this individual, please consider the following:
    • What have been their primary activities to celebrate, protect, and/or restore our region’s bayous, streams and watersheds? Please provide the name of a specific waterway or waterways where the nominee has made an impact.
    • How have they advanced or influenced local efforts to improve bayou appreciation (i.e. Getting people out into nature through activities such as paddling, hiking, exploring), bayou citizen science (i.e. improving our knowledge about stream water quality), stream corridor restoration (i.e. Promoting natural channel restoration, removing nonnative exotic plants, or planting native plants), and/or trash free bayous (e.g. Promoting trash cleanups, educating people about how to prevent trash in our local waterways, etc.)?
    • How have they been engaged with Bayou Preservation Association or other bayou organizations?

H-GAC Presents Award to
Bayou Preservation Association

Houston-Galveston Area Council’s (H-GAC) Parks and Natural Areas Subcommittee gave a Special Recognition Award to Bayou Preservation Association for habitat restoration efforts in Harris County Precinct 4’s Collins Park. Full article here.