Bayou City Currents

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 […]

EPA, Texas’ system for protecting water is broken. Let’s fix it.

EPA, Texas’ system for protecting water is broken. Let’s fix it.

Kristen Schlemmer | September 23, 2021

Today, twenty-one environmental groups, including Bayou City Waterkeeper and our fellow Texas-based Waterkeepers San Antonio Bay Estuarine Waterkeeper and Environmental Stewardship, filed a petition with EPA today to take over and repair Texas’ broken system of issuing permits to control water pollution, which has made it too easy for industries to contaminate waterways across the […]

The Ike Dike is not the answer

The Ike Dike is not the answer

Ayanna Jolivet Mccloud | September 21, 2021

Climate change is here. Our Texas coast needs solutions now. The Ike Dike is not the answer.   View Images:

Corporate partnership spotlight: Altar’d State

Corporate partnership spotlight: Altar’d State

Ayanna Jolivet Mccloud | September 14, 2021

    We’re grateful for the support offered by corporate partners across the watershed. Altar’d State is a women’s fashion boutique with a mission to fill a gap in the retail industry and change the world for the better. Altar’d State’s Sugar Land store featured Bayou City Waterkeeper as part of “Mission Monday,” which spreads […]