Bayou City Blog

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 […]

ACTION: The Public Deserves a Voice at City Council

ACTION: The Public Deserves a Voice at City Council

Jordan Macha | July 10, 2019

Tell City Council that you deserve an opportunity to review and provide comment on the $2 billion Consent Decree before it goes to a Council vote. By giving the public the opportunity to participate, it will ensure that the City of Houston commits to upgrade its wastewater treatment facilities in a manner that protects the public interest and will best serve Houstonians for generations to come.

RELEASE: Mayor Turner Announces Proposed Consent Decree

RELEASE: Mayor Turner Announces Proposed Consent Decree

Jordan Macha | July 9, 2019

On July 8, 2019, Mayor Turner announced the release of the City of Houston’s proposed consent decree with the Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Justice, and the State of Texas. We urge the City Council to provide transparency and opportunities for meaningful public review in City of Houston consent decree approval process.

Sign the Petition! Keep Mercury Out of Berry Creek

Sign the Petition! Keep Mercury Out of Berry Creek

Bayou City Waterkeeper | June 27, 2019

The City of South Houston wants to remove the limits on how much mercury is allowed in its treated wastewater that enters Berry Creek. Join Bayou City Waterkeeper and Caring for Pasadena Communities in opposing this potential health risk and sign this petition.

Equity and Nature-Based Solutions Needed in Flood Bond Projects

Equity and Nature-Based Solutions Needed in Flood Bond Projects

Bayou City Waterkeeper | June 25, 2019

Today, the Harris County Commissioners’ Court evaluated the implications of expediting flood control projects that will be implemented using the $2.5 billion bond approved by voters last November. Drawing on language within the bond requiring equity in the flood control process, members urged the Court not to lose sight of historic inequities in flood control locally and adopt a formal framework to infuse the process governing flood bond projects with equity. 

EPA Must Keep Texas Coastal Prairie Wetland Protections in WOTUS Rule

EPA Must Keep Texas Coastal Prairie Wetland Protections in WOTUS Rule

Kristen Schlemmer | May 30, 2019

On May 28, 2019, Galveston-based federal district judge George C. Hanks, Jr. remanded the 2015 Obama-era “waters of the United States” rule, more commonly known as the “Clean Water Rule,” to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for additional administrative proceedings.