Community Member

Bayou City Waterkeeper

Houston, Texas

Bayou City Waterkeeper works to protect and restore the wetlands, floodplains and riparian habitats that flow into the waterways and surrounding bays of the greater Houston area and along the Texas Gulf coast. Founded to serve communities affected by water pollution and flooding around Houston, BCWK aims to restore the region’s natural systems, achieve equitable policy solutions, and advance systematic change to benefit all who live within the Lower Galveston Bay watershed. Using the Clean Water Act, the organization works to hold polluters accountable and protect the water flowing through the region’s bayous, creeks, wetlands, and neighborhoods into coastal bays. Strategies include bold legal action, community science, and creative grassroots policy action for environmental justice and health. As a watchdog for the health of the region’s vulnerable waterways, BCWK envisions Houston as a place where water protection is a catalyst for positive change.

Dr John Jacob and Ayanna Jolivet Mccloud

BCWK is a Houston-based organization that puts an emphasis on climate resilience and environmental justice for the lower Galveston Bay watershed, a 10-county region encompassing the greater Houston metro area. BCWK is also a proud member of the global Waterkeeper Alliance. The Clean Water program focuses on the prevention and mitigation of pollution from industry and sanitary sewer overflows, which disproportionately affects people of color and the poor. The Protecting Wetlands program works to prevent the overdevelopment of 120,000 acres of wetlands in the watershed that play a critical role in the region’s natural protection from flooding and climate disasters. Many of these wetlands also provide spawning grounds for fish and vital habitats for wildlife. The Just Climate Transitions program recognizes and calls out inequities in the watershed arising from historic injustices and disinvestments, amplifying the voices of frontline communities working for a healthier and safer environment.

For more information:

Groups challenge EPA’s failure to curb water pollution from plastic plants, oil refineries and other industries – Environment America, April 2023

Clean Water Rule, Dirty Water Rule: What’s next for our region’s water? – Sierra Club, September 2021

Judge OKs federal consent decree requiring Houston to make $2 billion in sewer upgrades – Houston Chronicle, March 2021

Environmentalists question proposed coastal barrier, ask for deadline – KTRK-TV Houston, December 2020

GOVERNMENT ASKS COURT FOR MORE TIME TO FIX HOUSTON’S DECADES-LONG SEWAGE PROBLEM – Texas Observer, September 2018

Greg M. Schwartz

Greg M. Schwartz

Greg is an award-winning investigative reporter who specializes in covering environmental justice issues with a track record for shining a light on crooked science and regulatory capture. He has a Master's degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from Kent State University in his native region of Northeast Ohio, where he also served on the May 4th Task Force. He has spent most of his adult life in California, where he's also a freelance music journalist with a preference for socially conscious rock 'n' roll bands.

Contact

Ayanna Jolivet McCloud
Executive Director

Website

Social Media

Climate Impacts

Flooding, Hurricanes/Tropical Storms

Environmental Justice Concerns

Fighting Development/Destruction of Wildlife/Extinction of Species, Groundwater Contamination, PFAS/PFOS, Sewage/Sewage Treatment

Strategies

Art Activism, Community Organizing and Education, Direct Relief and Aid, Legal/permit challenges to development, contamination, pollution, etc, Nature-Based Solutions, Risk mapping and/or monitoring e.g. flooding/contaminants etc

501c3 Tax Deductible

Yes

Accepting Donations

Yes