Bayou City Currents

Corporate partnership spotlight: Altar’d State

Corporate partnership spotlight: Altar’d State

Ayanna Jolivet Mccloud | September 14, 2021

    Altar’d State is “a women’s fashion boutique with a mission to fill a gap in the retail industry and change the world for the better.” The company’s Sugar Land store contacted Bayou City Waterkeeper in April 2021 and asked if we were interested in being their featured charity for the May-July 2021 quarter […]

Clean Water Rule, Dirty Water Rule: What’s next for our region’s water?

Clean Water Rule, Dirty Water Rule: What’s next for our region’s water?

Kristen Schlemmer | September 8, 2021

Last week, Bayou City Waterkeeper submitted written comments to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, as the two federal agencies begin efforts to clarify the protections offered by the Clean Water Act. The Clean Water Act, passed in 1972, was intended to “protect and maintain the chemical, physical, and biological […]

Welcome our fall fellows and interns

Welcome our fall fellows and interns

Ayanna Jolivet Mccloud | September 2, 2021

Welcome to our new fellows and interns for the fall semester!   Ayesha Durrani, Legal Intern  Ayesha is a rising second-career 2L at South Texas College of Law. Though she was born in Portland, Oregon, her family has been firmly rooted in Houston since she was two years old, and she considers herself a Texan! Ayesha […]

Making nature-based solutions work in Houston’s Black and brown Communities

Making nature-based solutions work in Houston’s Black and brown Communities

Kristen Schlemmer | September 2, 2021

This is a post by summer 2021 legal intern Elizabeth Hidalgo, a third-year law student at the University of Houston Law Center. As explained by former legal intern Jessica Villalon, the legacy of racist planning decisions has caused flooding to disproportionately affect Black, brown, and low-income Houstonians. Traditional approaches to mitigating flood risks have not […]

Nurdle Patrol: Reducing plastic pollution with community-based science

Nurdle Patrol: Reducing plastic pollution with community-based science

Kristen Schlemmer | July 20, 2021

This is a guest post by summer 2021 legal intern Allie Soileau. We have all seen news stories where an unwitting individual bites into a sandwich and encounters a mystery item, such as a band-aid or a piece of plastic. While this is undoubtedly disgusting, many people do not realize that we consume thousands of […]

Meet our new Executive Director

Meet our new Executive Director

Kristen Schlemmer | July 1, 2021

Join us in welcoming our new Executive Director, Ayanna Jolivet Mccloud, who started with Bayou City Waterkeeper earlier this week. Ayanna brings over twenty years in nonprofit administration, leading programs and building infrastructure at environmental and cultural institutions. Before joining BCWK, she worked at Houston Botanic Garden as director of education and public programs, overseeing […]

Editorial: Why do we keep building on wetlands?

Editorial: Why do we keep building on wetlands?

Kristen Schlemmer | June 28, 2021

This editorial, by the Houston Chronicle’s Editorial Board, appeared in the Houston Chronicle on June 27, 2021. Why do we keep building on wetlands? A Trump-era rule lets developers construct in low-lying areas — using Harvey disaster aid. By The Editorial Board Brett Coomer / Staff file photo A neighborhood in Spring is inundated by […]

Houston water rate increases needed, but must be equitable and transparent

Houston water rate increases needed, but must be equitable and transparent

Kristen Schlemmer | June 22, 2021

Bayou City Waterkeeper served the city of Houston with a notice of intent to sue over its sewer problems in July 2018. After the US Environmental Protection Agency filed an enforcement action in September 2018, we intervened. In April of this year, that enforcement action culminated in a federal court’s approval of a consent decree […]

Meet our summer interns!

Meet our summer interns!

Kristen Schlemmer | June 1, 2021

We’re excited to introduce you to the students who are joining Bayou City Waterkeeper as legal interns for the summer. Lauren Alexander-Bachelder, The University of Texas School of Law (2L) Lauren is a rising second-year law student at The University of Texas School of Law. She grew up on a cattle ranch in East Texas, […]

A win for wetlands and communities affected by flooding!

A win for wetlands and communities affected by flooding!

Kristen Schlemmer | May 27, 2021

We’re excited to share an update in our lawsuit against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Last summer, Bayou City Waterkeeper sued the Corps, challenging its decisions to allow development over wetlands and increase flood risk for residents in the Bayou Brae neighborhood of League City, Texas. The Corps sought to dismiss our lawsuit, saying […]