Bayou City Currents

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 [...]
The Cost of Returning to Normal: Large-scale Reopenings Require Continued Community Relief

The Cost of Returning to Normal: Large-scale Reopenings Require Continued Community Relief

Bayou City Waterkeeper | May 28, 2020

Guest post by Anthony D’Souza, a law & policy intern with Bayou City Waterkeeper during the spring and summer of 2020. As the novel coronavirus continues to proliferate through the U.S., and Texas proceeds with its reopening this month, Harris County is expected to see a spike in positive cases over the upcoming weeks. Decisive […]

Welcome summer interns from Texas Law, St. Mary’s, and Rice University!

Welcome summer interns from Texas Law, St. Mary’s, and Rice University!

Kristen Schlemmer | May 26, 2020

We are excited to have the help of five outstanding students this summer. Learn more about them below. Bayou City Waterkeeper thanks the William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law at the UT School of Law, St. Mary’s Public Interest Fellowship program, and the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, whose financial support helped make these […]

Environmental Protection: A Top Defense Against Climate Change and Future Epidemics

Environmental Protection: A Top Defense Against Climate Change and Future Epidemics

Bayou City Waterkeeper | May 7, 2020

Guest post by Pedro Segura, a legal intern with Bayou City Waterkeeper during the Spring 2020 semester. Texas is on the front lines of two of the most urgent public health crises of our time: the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the disruptive effects of global climate change. We can help address both by protecting the […]

A Year in Review: 2019 Impact Report

A Year in Review: 2019 Impact Report

Jordan Macha | April 23, 2020

READ THE 2019 IMPACT REPORT Support Us Today Today, in honor of Earth Day, we're looking back on 2019 to celebrate the important achievements that were made possible with your support! 2019 was a defining year for the Lower Galveston Bay Watershed. We celebrated important wins across our region, while recognizing the need to continue [...]
Celebrating 50 Years of Earth Day

Celebrating 50 Years of Earth Day

Jordan Macha | April 22, 2020

On the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, we celebrate the planet and all her inhabitants. Today we continue to fight for clean water, wetlands, and healthy communities for all.