Cornerstone Environmental Laws
We rely on these important environmental laws to hold polluters accountable and protect our waterways:
Clean Water Act
We utilize the Clean Water Act to ensure that our waters are clean and safe for drinking, fishing, swimming, wildlife habitat and other uses. Our waterways are part of the public trust, not private property. By utilizing the laws set forth in the CWA, Bayou City Waterkeeper aims to achieve critical victories for waterways and our communities.
National Environment Policy Act
Bayou City Waterkeeper uses the National Environmental Policy Act, a law that requires environmental impact statements for projects permitted by the federal government, in a broad range of our work. It is a thread that runs through our efforts to protect public lands, defend endangered species, and safeguard our waterways from harm.
Endangered Species Act
We use the Endangered Species Act to protect imperiled species and their habitats. The ESA provides the legal ability to secure endangered species protection for plants and animals throughout our watershed — and our fights continue in defense of birds, sea turtles, marine mammals, and many other creatures.
To Win Big
Our legal battles are only part of our strategy. Bayou City Waterkeeper’s work is strengthened by policy and science — and you!
Our team works to build public awareness and support for actions that will protect our watershed and keep our communities out of harm’s way.
Policy & Science
Doing this work requires strong environmental laws that remain effective and meaningful. Each year, anti-science and anti-environmental policymakers work to dismantle our environmental protections and dismiss best available science. Our team works to ensure that good science remains a top priority for policy-makers and that regulations that protect our communities and the environment remain intact.
The generous support of members like you allows us to do good work in our community and hold our most destructive polluters accountable for their actions.
As we monitor environmental policies and permits issued by local, state and federal decision-makers, Bayou City Waterkeeper often submits comments on relevant issues. Read more to view some of our past comment letters (note: these are all formatted as PDFs).