Bayou City Currents

Houston water rate increases needed, but must be equitable and transparent

Houston water rate increases needed, but must be equitable and transparent

Kristen Schlemmer | June 22, 2021

Bayou City Waterkeeper served the city of Houston with a notice of intent to sue over its sewer problems in July 2018. After the US Environmental Protection Agency filed an enforcement action in September 2018, we intervened. In April of this year, that enforcement action culminated in a federal court’s approval of a consent decree […]

Meet our summer interns!

Meet our summer interns!

Kristen Schlemmer | June 1, 2021

We’re excited to introduce you to the students who are joining Bayou City Waterkeeper as legal interns for the summer. Lauren Alexander-Bachelder, The University of Texas School of Law (2L) Lauren is a rising second-year law student at The University of Texas School of Law. She grew up on a cattle ranch in East Texas, […]

A win for wetlands and communities affected by flooding!

A win for wetlands and communities affected by flooding!

Kristen Schlemmer | May 27, 2021

We’re excited to share an update in our lawsuit against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Last summer, Bayou City Waterkeeper sued the Corps, challenging its decisions to allow development over wetlands and increase flood risk for residents in the Bayou Brae neighborhood of League City, Texas. The Corps sought to dismiss our lawsuit, saying […]

A law student from Vermont fishes the Lower Galveston Bay watershed

A law student from Vermont fishes the Lower Galveston Bay watershed

Kristen Schlemmer | May 4, 2021

This is a guest post by Eric LeeChee, a law student who interned with Bayou City Waterkeeper in the Spring 2021 semester. As I wrap up my last year of law school at Vermont, I was excited to spend my final semester in the Houston area working with Bayou City Waterkeeper as a Legal Intern. […]

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.