Phillips 66 Teams with Texan by Nature and Exploration Green Conservancy to Create Wetlands

Texan by Nature is pleased to announce a generous gift from Phillips 66, a diversified energy manufacturing and logistics company based in Houston, Texas, designated for use for the Conservation Wrangler Project, Exploration Green Conservancy.

The gift will help transform a defunct golf course in the Clear Lake area near Houston into an integrated urban green space, featuring a wetland.  The project will enhance wildlife habitat at the same time providing stormwater mitigation.

Texan by Nature’s Conservation Wrangler Projects highlight the very best in Texan-led conservation, and Exploration Green Conservancy is no exception. Their focus on protecting area homes from harmful floodwaters while simultaneously creating wetland habitat for hundreds of plant and wildlife species showcase a unique and effective approach to re-visualizing urban development of green spaces.” – Christie Cowan, Texan by Nature

With a vision to create an innovative stormwater detention center, Clear Lake City Water Authority (CLCWA) purchased the defunct Clear Lake Golf Course property in 2011. The Bay Area of Greater Houston community needed a solution to mitigate the devastating seasonal flooding they were recurrently faced with, which was only worsened by 40+ years of residential and commercial development. In addition to stormwater detention, CLCWA aspired to use the land as a wildlife habitat and recreation space.

Early phases of the project saved over 150 homes from flooding during Hurricane Harvey and completely mitigated flooding during 2019 Tropical Storm Imelda. In addition to stormwater relief, the conservation area improves water quality, provides carbon sequestration, as well as creates habitat for native plants and wildlife, protecting over 900 native species to date. Exploration Green also encourages area residents, from all walks of life, to utilize trails and attend weekly community events.

About Phillips 66

Phillips 66 is a diversified energy manufacturing and logistics company. With a portfolio of Midstream, Chemicals, Refining, and Marketing and Specialties businesses, the company processes, transports, stores and markets fuels and products globally. Phillips 66 Partners, the company’s master limited partnership, is integral to the portfolio. Headquartered in Houston, the company has 14,500 employees committed to safety and operating excellence. Phillips 66 had $55 billion of assets as of June 30, 2020. For more information, visit or follow us on Twitter @Phillips66Co.

About Texan by Nature:

Texan by Nature (TxN) unites business and conservation leaders who believe Texas’ prosperity is dependent on the conservation of its natural resources. TxN amplifies projects and activates new investment in conservation which returns real benefits for people, prosperity, and natural resources. Texan by Nature achieves mission goals through the Texan by Nature Certification program, Conservation Wrangler program, Symposia Series, and the Texan by Nature 20. Get involved and learn more at and follow on Facebook @TexanbyNature, Twitter @TexanbyNature, and Instagram @texanbynature.

About Exploration Green

In the Southeast Houston, dedicated groups are transforming a defunct golf course into an innovative stormwater detention center. Exploration Green provides an integrated, natural solution for catastrophic seasonal flooding holding up to 500 million gallons of stormwater, while also serving as a nature preserve and recreation area. Nearby NASA Johnson Space Center, this urban parkland will offer nearly 40 acres of both wetlands and permanent lakes, supporting over 900 native species. Exploration Green will be the largest park space in Clear Lake benefitting outdoor enthusiasts and recreationalists from over 2,000 nearby homes. Visit for more information.