Bayou City Currents

Scrap metal yards burden our bayous and communities of color

Scrap metal yards burden our bayous and communities of color

Kristen Schlemmer | October 2, 2020

This is a guest post by June Hormell, a summer 2020 legal intern. By and large, Houston’s scrap metal yards share one striking feature – most are on or near a bayou. These waterfront locations allow the metal to be easily loaded and unloaded onto boats that travel through the Ship Channel. But this efficiency […]

Take Action: Houston Needs Nature-Based Flood Projects

Take Action: Houston Needs Nature-Based Flood Projects

Jordan Macha | September 28, 2020

Take Action Today! Encourage Houston’s leaders to invest in green and natural infrastructure that improves drainage, reduces flooding, and keeps people out of harm’s way for generations to come!

Flooding Disproportionately Impacts People of Color

Flooding Disproportionately Impacts People of Color

Bayou City Waterkeeper | September 18, 2020

This is a guest post by Jessica Villalón, a summer 2020 legal intern. When Hurricane Harvey made landfall along the Texas Coast two years ago, no one could have predicted the magnitude of devastation that would follow. Although many Houston residents were able to evacuate and escape the storm’s wrath, thousands of Houston’s poorest residents […]

Welcome Our Fall Interns & Fellows!

Welcome Our Fall Interns & Fellows!

Kristen Schlemmer | September 14, 2020

We’re pleased to introduce you to the students who will be interning with Bayou City Waterkeeper this fall: Anthony D’Souza, Rice University (Senior), Wetlands Research Fellow Anthony is a senior at Rice University, majoring in Environmental Science with a minor in Politics, Law & Social Thought. He has interned for Bayou City Waterkeeper since the […]

Environmental injustices in Houston’s sewers must be addressed through federal settlement

Environmental injustices in Houston’s sewers must be addressed through federal settlement

Kristen Schlemmer | September 8, 2020

Last Friday, Bayou City Waterkeeper filed a brief in federal court, alerting U.S. District Judge Charles R. Eskridge, III, to several shortcomings in the City of Houston’s $2 billion sewer settlement, including the failure to address environmental injustices, overflows affecting private homes, and community engagement over the next 15 years. Last month, federal and state […]

Opinion: Can’t wait for Ike Dike? We must act now to protect Galveston Bay.

Opinion: Can’t wait for Ike Dike? We must act now to protect Galveston Bay.

Jordan Macha | September 2, 2020

This op-ed was published by the Houston Chronicle on Wednesday, 2 September 2020, featuring Jordan Macha, Executive Director for Bayou City Waterkeeper, and Bob Stokes, President for Galveston Bay Foundation. See original post here. Opinion: Can’t wait for Ike Dike? We must act now to protect Galveston Bay. Here’s how. Jordan Macha & Bob Stokes […]

Opinion: Houston must pivot to nature-based flood mitigation

Opinion: Houston must pivot to nature-based flood mitigation

Jordan Macha | August 6, 2020

This op-ed was published by the Houston Chronicle on Thursday, 6 August 2020, featuring Jordan Macha, Executive Director for Bayou City Waterkeeper, and Amanda Fuller, Director of Texas Coast and Water Program for National Wildlife Federation. See original post here. Opinion: More concrete ditches and paved-over prairies? Houston must pivot to nature-based flood mitigation By [...]
Breaking News: Wetland Lawsuit Against the Army Corps of Engineers

Breaking News: Wetland Lawsuit Against the Army Corps of Engineers

Bayou City Waterkeeper | August 4, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 4, 2020 CONTACTS Kristen Schlemmer, Legal Director       512-619-1583 |  kristen@bayoucitywaterkeeper.org  Jordan Macha, Executive Director       713-309-6683 |  jordan@bayoucitywaterkeeper.org  Federal approval of local wetlands destruction met with legal challenge by Bayou City Waterkeeper U.S. Army Corps of Engineers allowed destruction of wetlands, increasing flood risk for League [...]
A Long Run through Spring Creek Greenway

A Long Run through Spring Creek Greenway

Bayou City Waterkeeper | June 23, 2020

Guest post by Justin Hicks, a legal intern with Bayou City Waterkeeper during the spring 2020 semester. Earlier this spring, during American Wetlands Month, I decided to run a 50K ultramarathon (approximately 31 miles) along the Spring Creek Greenway. I hoped to see the creek and the preserved land along its banks firsthand, beginning at [...]