Bayou City Currents

Update: Court approves Houston’s $2 billion sewer settlement

Update: Court approves Houston’s $2 billion sewer settlement

Kristen Schlemmer | April 1, 2021

This week, the Honorable Charles R. Eskridge III of the Southern District of Texas granted the United States and State of Texas’ joint motion to approve a legal settlement called a consent decree, which will require the City of Houston to spend $2 billion on major upgrades to its sanitary sewer system over the next […]

Announcement: Executive Transition

Announcement: Executive Transition

Jordan Macha | March 4, 2021

Dear Friends, After nearly four years with Bayou City Waterkeeper, I am writing to announce my transition and departure as Executive Director and Waterkeeper for Bayou City Waterkeeper in April 2021. This moment is bittersweet, as it has been a tremendous honor to serve this community and our shared work towards a more just, equitable, [...]
Welcome Our Watershed Specialist!

Welcome Our Watershed Specialist!

Jordan Macha | February 25, 2021

We are excited to announce that Mashal Awais joined the team as our Watershed Specialist! For several years, Mashal has worked with communities around the Greater Houston area, including the Coalition for Environment, Equity, and Resilience, the Houston Climate Movement, West Street Recovery, and TEJAS, advocating for communities’ right to clean air and water. Mashal joined […]

Opinion: Reliable Water is a Right: Houston, Don’t Miss This Chance

Opinion: Reliable Water is a Right: Houston, Don’t Miss This Chance

Kristen Schlemmer | February 24, 2021

This op ed appeared in the Houston Chronicle on February 24, 2021. Opinion: Reliable water is a right, Houston don’t miss chance to make repairs for poorest By Kristen Schlemmer One lesson must not be lost as we move forward from this week’s intensely hard freeze: Infrastructure matters. When our water isn’t clean, or doesn’t […]

A warm welcome to our spring interns

A warm welcome to our spring interns

Kristen Schlemmer | January 28, 2021

We’re excited to introduce you to the students who have joined Bayou City Waterkeeper as legal interns for the spring semester. Bella Cherry, South Texas College of Law (2L) Bella is a second-year law student at South Texas College of Law. She is a Chicago native, growing up with fond memories of Lake Michigan and […]

Welcome to our Newest Board Members!

Welcome to our Newest Board Members!

Jordan Macha | January 15, 2021

We’re excited to introduce you to the newest board members of Bayou City Waterkeeper: Phil Beckett, Lindsay Dofelmier, & Libby Viera-Bland.

Coastal Cities, Future Leaders in Wetland Protection?

Coastal Cities, Future Leaders in Wetland Protection?

Bayou City Waterkeeper | January 12, 2021

This is a guest post by Fall 2020 legal intern Patricia Dillon McDade, a 3L at University of Houston Law Center. In a coastal, flood prone area like our own, wetlands provide a multitude of benefits. They naturally absorb water and reduce flooding when it rains and filter water to improve water quality. Wetlands create […]

Placing People in Harm’s Way Even After Hurricane Harvey

Placing People in Harm’s Way Even After Hurricane Harvey

Bayou City Waterkeeper | December 7, 2020

This is a guest post by Megan Grace, legal intern with Bayou City Waterkeeper during the fall 2020 semester.  Hurricane Harvey served as a wakeup call: for our long-term resilience, we must keep people out of harm’s way. Dumping up to 60 inches of rain in some places over an eight-day period, Harvey was the [...]
Does the Coastal Barrier Protect Galveston Bay and its Communities?

Does the Coastal Barrier Protect Galveston Bay and its Communities?

Jordan Macha | December 4, 2020

Take Action: Tell the Corps to Protect Galveston Bay and its Communities Update (4 Dec 2020): Thanks to your efforts, the Army Corps has extended their comment period to January 13, 2021! However, if you'd like to make a verbal comment, the last public meeting will be hosted on December 8th at 11:00 am and [...]
Give Today: All Gifts Will be Matched to Protect Your Watershed!

Give Today: All Gifts Will be Matched to Protect Your Watershed!

Jordan Macha | December 1, 2020

Your support is working for a healthier watershed for all, going directly towards watershed monitoring, conservation and advocacy programs working to improve our communities and the waters we all rely on. Thank you for joining the current to ensure your watershed remains a healthy, vibrant environment today and for future generations to come.