Waterkeeper Alliance

Magazine: Volume 11, Issue 2

The Cry of the Earth, The Cry of the Poor (Summer 2015)

Waterkeeper Magazine puts readers on the front lines of the global environmental crisis, where the Waterkeeper movement is fighting for our rivers, lakes, coastal waters - and the planet. These are the stories you won’t find anywhere else covered in such depth and uncompromising force.

David E. Pearsall lives close to a hog factory farm in eastern North Carolina. He wears a mask whenever he is outdoors because, he says, the smell from the farm is so bad. Photo courtesy of Donn Young.

President’s Letter: Uncommon Heroes Fighting for Our Common Home

What do poor and indigenous communities in northeast Colombia’s coal-mining regions, African-American and Latino communities in rural North Carolina, and the residents of fishing villages on Senegal’s Atlantic coast all share? They are victims of environmental racism. They are also, as you can read in this issue of Waterkeeper magazine, being helped in their struggles ...


Puget Soundkeeper kayaktivists paddle on the Duwamish River. Photo courtesy of Puget Soundkeeper.

Back From The Brink

On a drizzly Seattle afternoon – April on the calendar, November in the air – an endless parade of tractor-trailers rolls through a towering green gate and enters Terminal 18, the largest shipping terminal in the Pacific Northwest. A forest of huge red cranes looms over barges as long as football fields; longshoremen in hardhats ...


David E. Pearsall lives close to a hog factory farm in eastern North Carolina. He wears a mask whenever he is outdoors because, he says, the smell from the farm is so bad. Photo courtesy of Donn Young.

What To Do When State Regulation Stinks

North Carolina’s Waterkeepers are using the civil rights act to clean up minority communities. Take a drive through eastern North Carolina, and you’ll see beautiful stands of longleaf pine, vast blackwater swamps, and some of the most productive agricultural land on earth. But you will also likely detect a faint, disturbing odor wafting from the ...


One of the smaller open-pit coal mines in Colombia's César Department, only a fraction of the size of Drummond's nearby Pribbenow mine. A witch's brew of toxic heavy metals causes mining wastewater to have a deep teal-blue color.

Won’t Back Down: Colombia’s Coal-War Warrior

This article is also available in Spanish. There is an old saying that dynamite comes in small packages. At just a smidgen over five feet, Bocas de Ceniza Waterkeeper Liliana Guerrero is pure Colombian dynamite. From her small office on a busy street in Barranquilla on Colombia’s north coast, Guerrero is leading a determined charge ...


One of the smaller open-pit coal mines in Colombia's César Department, only a fraction of the size of Drummond's nearby Pribbenow mine. A witch's brew of toxic heavy metals causes mining wastewater to have a deep teal-blue color.

No Dara Marcha Atras: La Guerra de la Lucha Contra a Produccion de Carbon en Colombia

A pesar de los riesgos, Liliana Guerrero, la Waterkeeper y Directora Ejecutiva de la organización no gubernamental Bocas de Ceniza Waterkeeper en la cuidad de Barranquilla, no se rendirá junto con su organización en la lucha jurídica por frenar les daños ambientales causados por la megaminería de carbón en Colombia, negocio multimillonario desarrollado por las ...


There are blessings as well as problems amid Costa Rica's abundant waters. Poudre Riverkeeper Gary Wockner felt the rush of what locals call," Pure Life" on a paddle boarding trip off the Nicoya Penninsula near Malpais.

The False Promise of Hydropower

This article is also available in Spanish. Costa Rica’s wrong-minded hydroelectric policy is contributing to one of the world’s most misunderstood pollution problems. As we stood on our boards and paddled away from the cove at Malpais and turned south past the wave-break, I felt a rush of what Costa Ricans call pura vida – ...


There are blessings as well as problems amid Costa Rica's abundant waters. Poudre Riverkeeper Gary Wockner felt the rush of what locals call," Pure Life" on a paddle boarding trip off the Nicoya Penninsula near Malpais.

La bomba de metano de las hidroeléctricas de la que nadie quiere hablar

Mientras nos paramos en nuestras tablas y remamos alejándonos de la bahía en Mal País y giramos al sur pasado la rompiente de las olas, pude sentir lo que los Costarricenses llaman “pura vida”. El viento estaba calmo, el sol deslumbraba y el mar ligeramente rodando a lo largo de esta sección que incluye las ...