Bayou City Currents

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 […]

Clean Water Rule, Dirty Water Rule: What’s next for our region’s water?

Clean Water Rule, Dirty Water Rule: What’s next for our region’s water?

Kristen Schlemmer | September 8, 2021

Last week, Bayou City Waterkeeper submitted written comments to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, as the two federal agencies begin efforts to clarify the protections offered by the Clean Water Act. The Clean Water Act, passed in 1972, was intended to “protect and maintain the chemical, physical, and biological […]

Welcome our fall fellows and interns

Welcome our fall fellows and interns

Ayanna Jolivet Mccloud | September 2, 2021

Welcome to our new fellows and interns for the fall semester!   Ayesha Durrani, Legal Intern  Ayesha is a rising second-career 2L at South Texas College of Law. Though she was born in Portland, Oregon, her family has been firmly rooted in Houston since she was two years old, and she considers herself a Texan! Ayesha […]

Making nature-based solutions work in Houston’s Black and brown Communities

Making nature-based solutions work in Houston’s Black and brown Communities

Kristen Schlemmer | September 2, 2021

This is a post by summer 2021 legal intern Elizabeth Hidalgo, a third-year law student at the University of Houston Law Center. As explained by former legal intern Jessica Villalon, the legacy of racist planning decisions has caused flooding to disproportionately affect Black, brown, and low-income Houstonians. Traditional approaches to mitigating flood risks have not […]