Bayou City Currents

Big Win: City of South Houston Continues Mercury Testing

Big Win: City of South Houston Continues Mercury Testing

Kristen Schlemmer | January 17, 2020

Earlier this week, the City Council for the City of South Houston voted to continue mercury testing at its wastewater treatment plant located along Berry Creek, which feeds into Sims Bayou and onto Galveston Bay. This vote is the culmination of a legal challenge by Bayou City Waterkeeper and its partners that began in late […]

Executive Director Wins Environmental Reporting Award

Executive Director Wins Environmental Reporting Award

Bayou City Waterkeeper | December 19, 2019

At an award ceremony last week, Executive Director and Waterkeeper Jordan Macha received the Houston Sierra Club’s Environmental Reporting Award for her op ed “Our billion-dollar chance to fix Houston’s wastewater,” which was published in the Houston Chronicle in April 2019. In giving the award, the Houston Sierra Club praised Bayou City Waterkeeper’s “highly effective […]

Legal Director Featured on “A Little Louder” Podcast

Legal Director Featured on “A Little Louder” Podcast

Bayou City Waterkeeper | December 9, 2019

Texas Housers’ John Henneberger and Christina Rosales interviewed our Legal Director Kristen Schlemmer about the inequities in the City of Houston’s wastewater infrastructure. Listen to the episode, The Stink of Unequal Sewage. Craving more?! Read more about our vision for Houston’s infrastructure.

Protecting Water Quality & Wetlands with Our Members: Affected Persons and Representational Standing

Protecting Water Quality & Wetlands with Our Members: Affected Persons and Representational Standing

Bayou City Waterkeeper | November 18, 2019

This morning Bayou City Waterkeeper obtained party status in an administrative challenge designed to preserve water quality in Sims and Berry Bayous. Over the summer, Bayou City Waterkeeper’s Clean Water Act lawsuit against the City of Houston culminated in a consent decree that promises $2 billion in upgrades to local wastewater infrastructure and improvements to […]

Northeast Action Collective: Neighbors Addressing Flooding in Northeast Houston

Northeast Action Collective: Neighbors Addressing Flooding in Northeast Houston

Kristen Schlemmer | November 12, 2019

We stood in solidarity with the Northeast Action Collective today as they asked the Harris County Commissioners’ Court to address flooding in their communities. Northeast Action Collective is a passionate group of advocates and neighbors that came together in the wake of Harvey out of frustration with the lack of public investment in drainage and […]

An Equitable and Resilient Vision for Houston’s Wastewater Infrastructure

An Equitable and Resilient Vision for Houston’s Wastewater Infrastructure

Kristen Schlemmer | November 12, 2019

Late last week, Bayou City Waterkeeper submitted comments to the City of Houston’s $2 billion settlement with the EPA. The settlement, known as a consent decree, addresses more than a decade’s worth of problems with the city’s wastewater infrastructure that has led to thousands of sewer overflows and back-ups across Houston. Last year, Bayou City […]

Welcome Alex Johnson, Our Fall 2019 Legal Intern

Welcome Alex Johnson, Our Fall 2019 Legal Intern

Kristen Schlemmer | October 4, 2019

Alex Johnson has joined our legal team for the Fall semester. We are grateful for his help as we use the law to protect water quality, wetlands, and local communities across the lower Galveston Bay watershed. Alex is a third year law student at the University of Houston Law Center in the Energy, Environment, and […]

Folks N Oysters 2019

Folks N Oysters 2019

Jordan Macha | October 1, 2019

Join us for delicious oysters, craft beer and wine, and good times spent with friends! Come out for the 12th Annual Folks N Oysters at Texas Corinthian Yacht Club on November 9th. Look forward to seeing you there!

Take Action! Submit Comments on Houston’s Wastewater Settlement

Take Action! Submit Comments on Houston’s Wastewater Settlement

Jordan Macha | September 23, 2019

Take Action Now! Through November 8th, the EPA and the TCEQ are taking public comments on the City of Houston’s $2B wastewater consent decree. Tell EPA you want this consent decree to improve water quality and make investments in green infrastructure to improve our resiliency from climate change!

Texas Flood Plan Must Center Communities and Nature

Texas Flood Plan Must Center Communities and Nature

Kristen Schlemmer | August 30, 2019

Earlier this year, the Texas legislature released $793 million from its Rainy Day Fund to pay for flood mitigation projects across the state. As the Texas Water Development Board creates a program for disbursing the funds, Bayou City Waterkeeper asked the state agency to center communities in the process,  prioritize moving people out of harm’s […]