The Waterkeeper Alliance SPLASH Event Series, presented nationally by Toyota, continues to invite local communities to play on their local waterways in order educate them on the vital importance Waterkeeper organizations play in protecting this vital resource.

Make a SPLASH as you discover and celebrate all the ways you can have fun on, in, or by the water! By participating in a Waterkeeper SPLASH event, you and your local Waterkeeper organization are supporting the value and importance of your local waterways and helping to conserve one of our most important natural resources: clean water. For more information on or to become involved in a SPLASH Series event (support, co-sponsor) please email Michael Shea at [email protected]


The 2015 Series kicks off in April with LA Waterkeeper’s “Stand Up for Clean Water” and continues through spring with Russian Riverkeeper’s “Great Russian River Race”, Hudson Riverkeeper’s “Riverkeeper Sweep”, Mobile Baykeeper’s “Grandman Triathlon”, Chattahoochee Riverkeeper’s “13th Annual Back to Chattahoochee River Race & Festival”, and Buzzards Baykeeper’s “Buzzards Bay Swim”.

Fall SPLASH events continue with Waterkeeper Alliance’s “2015 Annual Conference”, Puget Soundkeeper’s “Coastal Cleanup”… ending the season with the New York Harbor Regatta at Governors Island. (see below for full schedule of events)


New York Harbor Regatta
Friday, September 18, 2015
Governor’s Island, New York, NY

Sail in historical New York Harbor against the backdrop of the Statue of Liberty or enjoy an afternoon cocktail cruise aboard the Hornblower Hybrid for a New York experience like no other. Then, head to NYC’s ultimate end-of-the summer party, the Regatta Bash! Live reggae music, Dark n’ Stormies and specialties from New York’s top restaurants transport the senses and set the stage for this one-of-a-kind event. Following the Bash, keep the party going at the Official Regatta After-Party – all to benefit the career and technical programs of New York City’s only public high school dedicated to maritime and environmental education.

Puget Soundkeeper’s Coastal Cleanup Month
September-October 2015, main day Saturday, September 19th
Seattle, WA

Join the International Coastal Cleanup- the world’s largest volunteer project in service to our rivers, lakes and oceans! This year, over 600,000 people worldwide will remove debris from their local waterways and document all that is collected. Results will be compiled by the Ocean Conservancy into a “Global Trash Index” to demonstrate exactly what is floating around in our oceans.

Puget Soundkeeper is a regional coordinator for this project and is supporting cleanups throughout Puget Sound in September and October. Head here to find a location near you, or join us in Seattle on Saturday, September 19th for our keystone cleanup event along the Seattle waterfront!


Stand-Up For Clean Water with LA Waterkeeper
Saturday, April 18, 2015
28128 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, CA

Hundreds of clean water supporters and outdoor enthusiasts will gather to participate in paddleboard races, board demos and enjoy a day on the beach with friends and family to benefit LA Waterkeeper’s mission to protect our ocean from water pollution.

Great Russian River Race with Russian Riverkeeper
Saturday, May 2, 2015
Memorial Beach, Healdsburg, CA

On Saturday, May 2, Russian Riverkeeper will host the 5th annual Great Russian River Race and Festival. Choose to race in the kayak, canoe or SUP division where all levels are welcome – or race in the 15-mile pro series. Plus, new this year, the Healdsburg Running Company is also offering a 5K running race that will end at Memorial Bridge, just in time for the free River Race Party! The Russian River’s favorite party features local beer & wine, food trucks, kids activities, vendor booths and a costume contest among racers. Bring chairs and blankets to watch the racers cross the Finish Line (from Noon-2). It’s a great way to kick off the summer season and goes to support a good cause, protecting the River!

Riverkeeper Sweep with Hudson Riverkeeper
Saturday, May 9, 2015
Multiple locations throughout New York City and Hudson Valley

Over 120 Sweep Leaders and nearly 2,000 volunteers (and counting!) will come together for the Riverkeeper Sweep to clean up the Hudson River watershed and prepare it for summer recreation! In 2014, Sweep teams removed 31 tons of trash and recycling in 82 shoreline locations. Register for one of hundreds of sites from NYC to upstate New York and help Riverkeeper continue to reclaim the Hudson River from the hands of polluters.

Grandman Triathlon with Mobile Baykeeper
Saturday, May 30, 2015
Fairhope Municipal Park, Fairhope, AL

Dive in and compete to protect your local waterway at the Mobile Baykeeper Grandman Triathlon. Your day begins with a 1/3 mile swim straight out into picturesque Mobile Bay and back beside the Fairhope Municipal Pier. After the swim, take an 18-mile bike ride through the charming city of Fairhope then race to the finish line with a 3.1 mile run through the streets of Fairhope and along the Bay.

13th Annual Back to the Chattahoochee River Race & Festival with Chattahoochee Riverkeeper
Saturday, June 13, 2015
Garrard Landing Park, 8000 Holcomb Bridge Road, Roswell, GA
Riverside Park, 575 Riverside Road, Roswell, GA

Organized and presented by Chattahoochee Riverkeeper in partnership with the National Park Service, Fulton County, and the city of Roswell, the “Back to the Chattahoochee” is organized to celebrate the River and foster a sense of community around the vital resource that provides drinking water for more than 4 million people and 70% of metro Atlanta.

Buzzards Bay Swim with Buzzards Bay Coalition
Saturday, June 20, 2015
New Bedford, MA

Celebrate a clean, healthy Buzzards Bay at the Buzzards Bay Swim on Saturday, June 20, 2015! More than 300 swimmers participate in the Swim each year, raising thousands of dollars for the Buzzards Bay Coalition’s work to protect clean water in our communities. You can swim, volunteer, or cheer on swimmers as they cross outer New Bedford Harbor.