On July 8, 2019, Mayor Turner announced the release of the City of Houston’s proposed consent decree with the Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Justice, and the State of Texas. We urge the City Council to provide transparency and opportunities for meaningful public review in City of Houston consent decree approval process.
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The City of South Houston wants to remove the limits on how much mercury is allowed in its treated wastewater that enters Berry Creek. Join Bayou City Waterkeeper and Caring for Pasadena Communities in opposing this potential health risk and sign this petition.
Today, the Harris County Commissioners’ Court evaluated the implications of expediting flood control projects that will be implemented using the $2.5 billion bond approved by voters last November. Drawing on language within the bond requiring equity in the flood control process, members urged the Court not to lose sight of historic inequities in flood control locally and adopt a formal framework to infuse the process governing flood bond projects with equity.
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.
Three law students will join Bayou City Waterkeeper this summer and help us advance our legal work across the lower Galveston Bay watershed. We’re excited to welcome Rosa Acheson, Tom Caraher, and Reagan Lutter.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]