Bayou City Blog

Texas Flood Plan Must Center Communities and Nature

Texas Flood Plan Must Center Communities and Nature

Kristen Schlemmer | August 30, 2019

Earlier this year, the Texas legislature released $793 million from its Rainy Day Fund to pay for flood mitigation projects across the state. As the Texas Water Development Board creates a program for disbursing the funds, Bayou City Waterkeeper asked the state agency to center communities in the process,  prioritize moving people out of harm’s […]

Harris Thrives Resolution Adopted by Harris County

Harris Thrives Resolution Adopted by Harris County

Jordan Macha | August 27, 2019

On Tuesday, 27 August 2018, in a 3-2 vote, the Harris County Commissioners’ Court approved the Harris Thrives Resolution, affirming its commitment to the current flood bond projects and approving a process to prioritize communities who have suffered the most human impacts from flooding.

A Clean Water Victory!

A Clean Water Victory!

Jordan Macha | July 31, 2019

Big news for Bayou City Waterkeeper and local waterways! The City of Houston voted to adopt a $2 billion consent decree with the EPA and State of Texas. This begins a 15-year process of addressing wastewater pollution and failing infrastructure across the entire city. 

TxDOT Must Address the I-45 Expansion Impacts Before Receiving Local Funds

TxDOT Must Address the I-45 Expansion Impacts Before Receiving Local Funds

Kristen Schlemmer | July 26, 2019

Bayou City Waterkeeper, represented by our legal intern Reagan Lutter, joined a packed, energetic house today at the Houston-Galveston Area Council, where H-GAC’s Transportation Policy Council considered whether to authorize $100 million in funding for the I45 expansion project. The project recently was deemed “one of the nation’s biggest highway boondoggles” in a report prepared […]

Letter to City of Houston: Support Public Transparency and Community Engagement

Letter to City of Houston: Support Public Transparency and Community Engagement

Jordan Macha | July 22, 2019

Tomorrow, Bayou City Waterkeeper will urge the City to adopt a Community Engagement Plan as part of its wastewater consent decree with the EPA, on which the City Council will vote Wednesday, July 23rd. A copy of the Community Engagement Plan and related letter are reproduced below and available for download.

Spending Billions on Flood Protection – Developers Fail to Meet Own Mitigation Mandates

Spending Billions on Flood Protection – Developers Fail to Meet Own Mitigation Mandates

Bayou City Waterkeeper | July 19, 2019

Guest post by Rosa Acheson, Bayou City Waterkeeper’s legal intern.  With competing rulemakings over the course of two administrations, and lawsuits nationwide challenging aspects of each rule, the fate of the Clean Water Rule and its protections for Texas’ coastal prairie wetlands remain in flux. Meanwhile, the Harris County Commissioners’ Court is planning to spend […]

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.