Bayou City Blog

EPA Must Keep Texas Coastal Prairie Wetland Protections in WOTUS Rule

EPA Must Keep Texas Coastal Prairie Wetland Protections in WOTUS Rule

Kristen Schlemmer | May 30, 2019

On May 28, 2019, Galveston-based federal district judge George C. Hanks, Jr. remanded the 2015 Obama-era “waters of the United States” rule, more commonly known as the “Clean Water Rule,” to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for additional administrative proceedings.

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, […]