Bayou City Blog

Mercury Safeguards Continue to Face Attack in South Houston

Mercury Safeguards Continue to Face Attack in South Houston

Kristen Schlemmer | May 8, 2019

UPDATE 11/18/2019: This morning in Austin, Bayou City Waterkeeper and Caring for Pasadena Communities (represented by Lone Star Legal Aid) participated in a preliminary hearing before the State Office of Administrative Hearings and obtained official party status. Our challenge will go to trial (in a proceeding called a contested case hearing) in March 2020. We’ll […]

Bayou City Waterkeeper Supports District Attorney’s Request to Target Environmental Crimes

Bayou City Waterkeeper Supports District Attorney’s Request to Target Environmental Crimes

Kristen Schlemmer | April 30, 2019

Late last week, the Harris County District Attorney’s office requested $850,000 to hire four prosecutors and four staff members to join its Environmental Crimes division, which currently employs two attorneys and a paralegal. The division plans to dedicate two of its new attorneys to evaluating cases for trial and identifying smaller cases that can be […]

Editorial: Our Billion-Dollar Chance to Fix Houston’s Wastewater

Editorial: Our Billion-Dollar Chance to Fix Houston’s Wastewater

Jordan Macha | April 26, 2019

This editorial was originally printed in the Houston Chronicle. Our billion-dollar chance to fix Houston’s wastewater [Opinion] By Jordan Macha / April 25, 2019 The city of Houston is on the verge of settling more than a decade’s worth of Clean Water Act violations caused by its ailing wastewater treatment system. The settlement represents an […]

Editorial: Protect Coastal Wetlands to Fight Floods, Pollution

Editorial: Protect Coastal Wetlands to Fight Floods, Pollution

Jordan Macha | April 15, 2019

This editorial was originally printed in Galveston County’s The Daily News. Protect coastal wetlands to fight floods, pollution By Jordan Macha In Texas, we depend on water. From Lake Livingston down to Galveston Bay, a complex network of waters connects our region. We live among over 2,500 miles of bayous, 120,000 acres of wetlands, three […]

Protect Texas’ Wetlands: Save the Clean Water Act!

Protect Texas’ Wetlands: Save the Clean Water Act!

Jordan Macha | April 11, 2019

In Texas, we depend on water. Across the state, we live with a complex network of waters that connects our communities – ranging from our 80,000 miles of bayous, rivers and streams to our countless acres of wetlands. Currently, the Trump administration is proposing to remove whole categories of waterways of their Clean Water Act […]

Preventing Future Disasters with Enforcement

Preventing Future Disasters with Enforcement

Jordan Macha | April 2, 2019

Updated on April 8, 2019 to include information about Clean Water Act violations in Harris County based on Bayou City Waterkeeper’s analysis of EPA data. Last week, the Intercontinental Terminals Company (ITC) polluted local air and water with a massive fire at its Deer Park chemical storage facility — something of a habit for the company. In 2018, […]

BCWK Opposes Removal of Limits on Mercury Discharge

BCWK Opposes Removal of Limits on Mercury Discharge

Kristen Schlemmer | December 4, 2018

In a comment letter submitted to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, Bayou City Waterkeeper opposes a proposed amendment to the City of South Houston’s wastewater treatment permit. If approved, the amendment will remove the facility’s current limits on the disposal of mercury into Berry Bayou, which feeds into Sims Bayou, the Houston Ship Channel, […]

Today is #GivingTuesday 2018!

Today is #GivingTuesday 2018!

Jordan Macha | November 27, 2018

Today is #GivingTuesday! A global movement to support local non-profits and, more importantly, an opportunity to unite our community around causes in which we truly believe. Bayou City Waterkeeper is partnering with Big Give Houston – a 24-hour crowdfunding event designed to empower every person to give back to their local communities by supporting the […]

Victory! BCWK Official Intervenors in EPA Lawsuit

Victory! BCWK Official Intervenors in EPA Lawsuit

Jordan Macha | November 21, 2018

On Monday, November 19th, the federal district court granted Bayou City Waterkeeper the right to intervene in the lawsuit filed by the EPA and the State of Texas! Their lawsuit, filed on the eve of our own citizen suit regarding the City of Houston’s years-long sewage violations, addresses the City’s longstanding failure to resolve the deficiencies in its wastewater treatment systems.

BCWK Supports Texas Wetlands

BCWK Supports Texas Wetlands

Jordan Macha | November 19, 2018

In support of the 2015 Clean Water Rule, Bayou City Waterkeeper filed an amicus brief in support of upholding the rule and its protections for Texas coastal prairie wetlands. These wetlands give communities across the region a range of irreplaceable benefits valued at billions of dollars: stormwater detention, coastal protection from storm surges, and water filtration for regional bayou networks and Galveston Bay, as well as environments for local wildlife, sport, and recreation.