Bayou City Blog

University of Houston Law Student Joins Bayou City Waterkeeper for the Fall Semester

University of Houston Law Student Joins Bayou City Waterkeeper for the Fall Semester

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 October 3rd, 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 […]

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 […]