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 […]
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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 […]
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
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 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!
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 […]