SIMS BAYOU. Sims Bayou rises just inside Houston's southern city limit between the Southern Pacific and Missouri Pacific rail lines in Harris County (at 29°37' N, 95°28' W) and flows east-northeast for twenty-eight miles, through the Houston metropolitan area, into the Houston Ship Channel just west of the turning basin (at 29°43' N, 95°15' W). The stream is a major run-off drainage channel for the city, one of several in the Houston area that suffer from flooding and pollution problems as a result of the metropolitan area's unusually rapid growth during the 1970s. Despite flood control programs, the impact of flooding along the bayou is expected to increase for some time as population and economic growth continue in an area of clay soil and flat coastal land.
Image Use Disclaimer
All copyrighted materials included within the Handbook of Texas Online are in accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107 related to Copyright and “Fair Use” for Non-Profit educational institutions, which permits the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA), to utilize copyrighted materials to further scholarship, education, and inform the public. The TSHA makes every effort to conform to the principles of fair use and to comply with copyright law.
For more information go to: http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/17/107.shtml
If you wish to use copyrighted material from this site for purposes of your own that go beyond fair use, you must obtain permission from the copyright owner.
The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.Handbook of Texas Online, "SIMS BAYOU," accessed July 10, 2020, http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/rhs01.
Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Modified on November 29, 2017. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.