Bayou City Blog

Protecting Water Quality & Wetlands with Our Members: Affected Persons and Representational Standing

Protecting Water Quality & Wetlands with Our Members: Affected Persons and Representational Standing

Kristen Schlemmer | November 18, 2019

This morning Bayou City Waterkeeper obtained party status in an administrative challenge designed to preserve water quality in Sims and Berry Bayous. Over the summer, Bayou City Waterkeeper’s Clean Water Act lawsuit against the City of Houston culminated in a consent decree that promises $2 billion in upgrades to local wastewater infrastructure and improvements to […]

Northeast Action Collective: Neighbors Addressing Flooding in Northeast Houston

Northeast Action Collective: Neighbors Addressing Flooding in Northeast Houston

Kristen Schlemmer | November 12, 2019

We stood in solidarity with the Northeast Action Collective today as they asked the Harris County Commissioners’ Court to address flooding in their communities. Northeast Action Collective is a passionate group of advocates and neighbors that came together in the wake of Harvey out of frustration with the lack of public investment in drainage and […]

An Equitable and Resilient Vision for Houston’s Wastewater Infrastructure

An Equitable and Resilient Vision for Houston’s Wastewater Infrastructure

Kristen Schlemmer | November 12, 2019

Late last week, Bayou City Waterkeeper submitted comments to the City of Houston’s $2 billion settlement with the EPA. The settlement, known as a consent decree, addresses more than a decade’s worth of problems with the city’s wastewater infrastructure that has led to thousands of sewer overflows and back-ups across Houston. Last year, Bayou City […]

Welcome Alex Johnson, Our Fall 2019 Legal Intern

Welcome Alex Johnson, Our Fall 2019 Legal Intern

Kristen Schlemmer | October 4, 2019

Alex Johnson has joined our legal team for the Fall semester. We are grateful for his help as we use the law to protect water quality, wetlands, and local communities across the lower Galveston Bay watershed. Alex is a third year law student at the University of Houston Law Center in the Energy, Environment, and […]

Folks N Oysters 2019

Folks N Oysters 2019

Jordan Macha | October 1, 2019

Join us for delicious oysters, craft beer and wine, and good times spent with friends! Come out for the 12th Annual Folks N Oysters at Texas Corinthian Yacht Club on November 9th. Look forward to seeing you there!

Take Action! Submit Comments on Houston’s Wastewater Settlement

Take Action! Submit Comments on Houston’s Wastewater Settlement

Jordan Macha | September 23, 2019

Take Action Now! Through November 8th, the EPA and the TCEQ are taking public comments on the City of Houston’s $2B wastewater consent decree. Tell EPA you want this consent decree to improve water quality and make investments in green infrastructure to improve our resiliency from climate change!

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 […]