Bayou City Currents

Defending our wetlands at the U.S. Supreme Court

Defending our wetlands at the U.S. Supreme Court

Kristen Schlemmer | June 17, 2022

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contacts: Lori Harrison, Waterkeeper Alliance, 703.216.8585, lharrison@waterkeeper.org  Mark Westlund, San Francisco Baykeeper, 510.841.8329, mark@baykeeper.org Kristen Schlemmer, Bayou City Waterkeeper, 512-619-1583, kristen@bayoucitywaterkeeper.org Clean Water Advocates File SCOTUS Brief to Defend Clean Water Act Protection for Waters of Significant National Importance  New York, NY, June 16, 2022—Waterkeeper Alliance, San Francisco Baykeeper, Bayou City […]

Welcome our new Water Justice Specialist

Welcome our new Water Justice Specialist

Ayanna Jolivet Mccloud | June 16, 2022

Join us in welcoming our new Water Justice Specialist, Danielle Garcia, who started with Bayou City Waterkeeper last month.    ​​What is your subwatershed? My subwatershed is the White Oak Bayou. Tell us about your background. I am from the central Texas region near Killeen/Fort Hood. The landscape of central Texas was my first inspiration […]

Meet our summer fellows and interns

Meet our summer fellows and interns

Kristen Schlemmer | May 31, 2022

We’re excited to introduce you to the fellows and legal interns who will be working with us this summer. Legal Interns Klara Henry, The University of Texas School of Law (2L) Klara is a rising 2L at Texas Law, originally from Chicago, and received her B.A. in Linguistics and Spanish from Boston College. While at […]

Texas Water Development Board’s Sunset Review: An opportunity to prioritize disadvantaged communities

Texas Water Development Board’s Sunset Review: An opportunity to prioritize disadvantaged communities

Ayanna Jolivet Mccloud | April 30, 2022

Bayou City Waterkeeper — along with other non-profit organizations working toward an equitable, sustainable and resilient water future for Texas — submitted comments on the Sunset Staff Report for the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB). A few of these organizations also provided testimony in-person to the the Sunset Advisory Commission regarding the Report. Executive Director Ayanna […]

Welcome our new board members

Welcome our new board members

Ayanna Jolivet Mccloud | April 29, 2022

  Bayou City Waterkeeper welcomes new members to our Board of Directors. We are excited to bring new perspectives to our board in urban planning, education, law, public health, environmental justice, wetland ecosystems, fundraising, and nonprofit management. Read more about our new board members below.      Hugo Colón is a Houston-based Landscape Designer and […]

UPDATE: Baytown’s 21 million gallon sewage problem

UPDATE: Baytown’s 21 million gallon sewage problem

Kristen Schlemmer | April 25, 2022

UPDATE (4/28/2022): Late last week the U.S. Department of Justice filed a lawsuit, known as an enforcement action, against the city of Baytown. The lawsuit, prompted by our notice of intent to sue, identifies more than 800 sewage releases since April 2017. The lawsuit alleges that these releases were caused by the city’s failure to […]

Houston’s sewer injustices: A decades-long problem only now receiving a solution

Houston’s sewer injustices: A decades-long problem only now receiving a solution

Mashal Awais | April 20, 2022

For years, Bayou City Waterkeeper has worked to tackle a major source of water pollution in the Lower Galveston Bay watershed: the city of Houston’s sewage treatment system. Last year, these efforts culminated in a $2 billion consent decree which will lead to major infrastructure improvements across the city. This is a major victory, but […]

Welcome our spring fellows and interns

Welcome our spring fellows and interns

Kristen Schlemmer | January 12, 2022

Join us in welcoming our fellows and interns for the spring semester! Jenny Borski, Legal Intern Jenny is a 3L at South Texas College of Law. She was born and raised in Houston, Texas. Jenny received her Bachelor of Science at Texas A&M University in Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences. During her time at A&M, she […]

Surging Ahead

Surging Ahead

Kristen Schlemmer | November 20, 2021

This text was previously published in Cite: The Architecture and Design Review of Houston. In September, the US Army Corps of Engineers released the Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Coastal Texas Study (CTS). The culmination of a five-year, $20 million study, the CTS encompasses a collection of technical assessments examining storm risks for the Texas coast. The […]