Bayou City Blog

ACTION: The Public Deserves a Voice at City Council

ACTION: The Public Deserves a Voice at City Council

Jordan Macha | July 10, 2019

Tell City Council that you deserve an opportunity to review and provide comment on the $2 billion Consent Decree before it goes to a Council vote. By giving the public the opportunity to participate, it will ensure that the City of Houston commits to upgrade its wastewater treatment facilities in a manner that protects the public interest and will best serve Houstonians for generations to come.

RELEASE: Mayor Turner Announces Proposed Consent Decree

RELEASE: Mayor Turner Announces Proposed Consent Decree

Jordan Macha | July 9, 2019

On July 8, 2019, Mayor Turner announced the release of the City of Houston’s proposed consent decree with the Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Justice, and the State of Texas. We urge the City Council to provide transparency and opportunities for meaningful public review in City of Houston consent decree approval process.

Sign the Petition! Keep Mercury Out of Berry Creek

Sign the Petition! Keep Mercury Out of Berry Creek

Bayou City Waterkeeper | June 27, 2019

The City of South Houston wants to remove the limits on how much mercury is allowed in its treated wastewater that enters Berry Creek. Join Bayou City Waterkeeper and Caring for Pasadena Communities in opposing this potential health risk and sign this petition.

Equity and Nature-Based Solutions Needed in Flood Bond Projects

Equity and Nature-Based Solutions Needed in Flood Bond Projects

Bayou City Waterkeeper | June 25, 2019

Today, the Harris County Commissioners’ Court evaluated the implications of expediting flood control projects that will be implemented using the $2.5 billion bond approved by voters last November. Drawing on language within the bond requiring equity in the flood control process, members urged the Court not to lose sight of historic inequities in flood control locally and adopt a formal framework to infuse the process governing flood bond projects with equity. 

EPA Must Keep Texas Coastal Prairie Wetland Protections in WOTUS Rule

EPA Must Keep Texas Coastal Prairie Wetland Protections in WOTUS Rule

Kristen Schlemmer | May 30, 2019

On May 28, 2019, Galveston-based federal district judge George C. Hanks, Jr. remanded the 2015 Obama-era “waters of the United States” rule, more commonly known as the “Clean Water Rule,” to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for additional administrative proceedings.

Mercury Safeguards Continue to Face Attack in South Houston

Mercury Safeguards Continue to Face Attack in South Houston

Kristen Schlemmer | May 8, 2019

Late last year Bayou City Waterkeeper opposed the TCEQ’s decision to allow the City of South Houston to amend its wastewater permit. The city sought to remove all safeguards on mercury discharges passing through its wastewater treatment facility – despite having past permit violations relating to its mercury discharge. The change reportedly will save South Houston $12,000 […]

Bayou City Waterkeeper Supports District Attorney’s Request to Target Environmental Crimes

Bayou City Waterkeeper Supports District Attorney’s Request to Target Environmental Crimes

Kristen Schlemmer | April 30, 2019

Late last week, the Harris County District Attorney’s office requested $850,000 to hire four prosecutors and four staff members to join its Environmental Crimes division, which currently employs two attorneys and a paralegal. The division plans to dedicate two of its new attorneys to evaluating cases for trial and identifying smaller cases that can be […]