Bayou City Currents

Opinion: Boil-notice confusion is the rule in Texas, not the exception

Opinion: Boil-notice confusion is the rule in Texas, not the exception

Kristen Schlemmer | December 7, 2022

This opinion piece by Legal Director and Waterkeeper Kristen Schlemmer appeared in the Houston Chronicle’s December 4, 2022 print edition. The online version is available here. I didn’t expect to be at our neighborhood park on Monday, in a sea of other parent-kid pairs. We were all there for the same reason: The boil-water notice […]

Virtual presentation (11/16): What will it take to be safe?

Virtual presentation (11/16): What will it take to be safe?

Kristen Schlemmer | November 15, 2022

Ike Dike proponents point to fears of storm surge into the Houston Ship Channel to justify the massive project–but environmental and community advocates are concerned the $31 billion project will fall short, will create new harms, and is overshadowing smaller-scale, nature-based solutions that could protect us on a shorter timeline.  How unsafe is infrastructure along […]

Gulf environmental organizations file amicus brief in support of climate change analysis

Gulf environmental organizations file amicus brief in support of climate change analysis

Kristen Schlemmer | September 23, 2022

Today, a coalition of environmental organizations, including Bayou City Waterkeeper, San Antonio Bay Estuarine Waterkeeper, Society of Native Nations, the Surfrider Foundation, and Turtle Island Restoration Network, filed an amicus brief urging the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit to protect communities and ecosystems along the Texas coast from the environmental harms that […]

Our water, our future: No new leases

Our water, our future: No new leases

Kristen Schlemmer | September 12, 2022

Our Legal Director and Waterkeeper Kristen Schlemmer joined more than 100 community members and advocates calling on the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management to authorize no new oil and gas leases as part of the 2023-2023 National Oil and Gas Leasing Program. On July 1, 2022, the Department of Interior released its proposed Five Year […]

Meet our fall fellows and interns

Meet our fall fellows and interns

Kristen Schlemmer | September 1, 2022

Join us in welcoming the fellows and interns who are working with us this fall: Aiyana Baptiste, Water Policy Fellow  Aiyana is continuing her work as a Water Policy fellow, which began over the summer. Aiyana was born and raised in Houston. She attended Texas A&M University and received her Bachelor of Science in Renewable […]

5 Most Critical Wetland Areas: Our solution to flooding has always been here

5 Most Critical Wetland Areas: Our solution to flooding has always been here

Mashal Awais | August 30, 2022

As we commemorate five years of Hurricane Harvey, we remember all that was lost during the storm and aspire to build a resilient region, strengthening our vision for protecting our environment and our people for generations to come. While we recognize the permanence of the trauma that unfolded in the wake of Harvey, we also […]

Defending our wetlands at the U.S. Supreme Court

Defending our wetlands at the U.S. Supreme Court

Kristen Schlemmer | June 17, 2022

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contacts: Lori Harrison, Waterkeeper Alliance, 703.216.8585, lharrison@waterkeeper.org  Mark Westlund, San Francisco Baykeeper, 510.841.8329, mark@baykeeper.org Kristen Schlemmer, Bayou City Waterkeeper, 512-619-1583, kristen@bayoucitywaterkeeper.org Clean Water Advocates File SCOTUS Brief to Defend Clean Water Act Protection for Waters of Significant National Importance  New York, NY, June 16, 2022—Waterkeeper Alliance, San Francisco Baykeeper, Bayou City […]

Welcome our new Water Justice Specialist

Welcome our new Water Justice Specialist

Ayanna Jolivet Mccloud | June 16, 2022

Join us in welcoming our new Water Justice Specialist, Danielle Garcia, who started with Bayou City Waterkeeper last month.    ​​What is your subwatershed? My subwatershed is the White Oak Bayou. Tell us about your background. I am from the central Texas region near Killeen/Fort Hood. The landscape of central Texas was my first inspiration […]

Meet our summer fellows and interns

Meet our summer fellows and interns

Kristen Schlemmer | May 31, 2022

We’re excited to introduce you to the fellows and legal interns who will be working with us this summer. Legal Interns Klara Henry, The University of Texas School of Law (2L) Klara is a rising 2L at Texas Law, originally from Chicago, and received her B.A. in Linguistics and Spanish from Boston College. While at […]

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 […]