This opinion piece co-authored by Policy Analyst Usman Mahmood and Water Justice Organizer Kourtney Revels appeared in the Houston Chronicle on October 15, 2023 and is available online here.
Water is a key part of Houston’s identity. The two of us are even more aware of that than most people: We’re a policy advocate and community organizer at Bayou City Waterkeeper, a nonprofit that fights for clean water and healthy communities across Houston.
So we were surprised by the State of the City 2023 address, in which Mayor Sylvester Turner offered words of wisdom to the next mayor. When it came to our city’s fraught relationship with water, we heard mostly silence.