Waterkeeper Alliance

Magazine: Volume 13, Issue 1

Last Stand on the Apalachicola (Winter 2017)

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.

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Ottawa Riverkeeper Celebrates Heritage Status for the Ottawa River

It has been a long time coming: the river that flows through Canada’s capital and is safeguarded by Ottawa Riverkeeper has been formally designated a Canadian Heritage River. The designation was announced jointly by the Federal Minister of Environment and the Ontario Minister of Natural Resources, who praised the Ottawa River’s “outstanding cultural and heritage ...


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A Phone Ringing Along Puget Sound Costs BNSF $75,000

In February 2014, North Sound Baykeeper Lee First, who patrols North Puget Sound, got a call from a concerned community member who noticed creosote railroad-ties had been dumped in a creek, and were leaching into the water. Be it the danger of oil trains or stormwater flowing from rail yards, First was familiar with pollution ...


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Demanda Legal exige que la compañía Drummond limpie lo que dejó a las orillas del Río Black Warrior

Autor: Alianza Waterkeeper Volumen 13, Edición 1 En septiembre, las ONGs Black Warrior Riverkeeper, Centro de Derecho Ambiental del Sur (SELC por sus siglas en inglés) y Justicia Pública presentaron el aviso de intención de demandar legalmente a la compañía Drummond por violaciones en el sitio de la mina de carbón subterránea Maxine, propiedad abandonada ...


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Suit Demands Drummond Clean Up Mess It Left On the Banks of Black Warrior River

Black Warrior Riverkeeper, the Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC) and Public Justice filed a notice of intent to sue in September against Drummond Company for violations at its Maxine Mine site, an abandoned underground coal mine located on the banks of the Locust Fork, a major tributary of the Black Warrior River near Praco, Alabama. ...


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For a Patagonia River, a Victory of Biblical Proportions

It was the latest advance in a protracted battle to save the Futaleufú River in Chilean Patagonia, a battle that Futaleufú Riverkeeper and fellow community and environmental organizations began nine years ago. Last August, Endesa Chile, part of the multinational energy consortium Enel, announced it was relinquishing all plans to develop large hydroelectricity projects on ...


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Federal Settlement Requires Duke Plant to Stop Bucking the Law

Yadkin Riverkeeper and Waterkeeper Alliance reached a settlement with Duke Energy in September that requires the utility to remove more than five million tons of coal ash from unlined, leaking pits at Duke’s Buck Steam Station on the Yadkin River near Salisbury, North Carolina. Under the agreement, Duke Energy must remove all the ash and ...


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Aw Shucks, NY/NJ Baykeeper Builds the First Living Shoreline in NY/NJ Harbor

By Meredith Comi, Restoration Program Director, NY/NJ Baykeeper NY/NJ Baykeeper and partners have begun to install a first-of-its-kind urban living shoreline and oyster habitat at Naval Weapons Station Earle in Monmouth County, New Jersey. The 0.91-acre shoreline consists of an artificial reef containing oysters and concrete structures known as oyster castles to fortify and protect ...


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San Francisco Baykeeper’s Victories to Stop Industrial Polluters Now Total Over Three Dozen

A suit by San Francisco Baykeeper under the Clean Water Act has yielded an agreement with the Granite Rock Company to prevent contaminated rain water from running off its concrete plant into San Francisco Bay. This legally binding agreement marks the 37th victory in San Francisco Baykeeper’s Bay-Safe Industry Campaign, launched a little over four ...


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Color Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper Royal Blue with Global Leadership Award

Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper’s extraordinarily successful restoration of the Niagara River and its watershed was recognized in September in New Delhi, India with the Thiess International Riverprize. The award, which comes with a $150,000 cash prize, was granted by the Australia-based International River Foundation at its annual Riversymposium. Each year the Riverprize, one of the world’s ...


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Waterkeepers Ascend the Himalayas to Help Locals Raise Water Quality

Last July, International Director Sharon Khan and two experts on water-quality monitoring – Milwaukee Riverkeeper Cheryl Nenn and former Waccamaw Riverkeeper Christine Ellis – travelled to the Ladakh region in the Indian Himalayas to train a growing network of Waterkeepers there. The trip was part of Waterkeeper Alliance’s Himalayan Water Project, the alliance’s effort, in ...


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Klamath River Dam Removal

The Klamath River’s advocates succeed on their second try with new agreement for largest-ever dam removal. By Konrad Fisher, Klamath Riverkeeper The largest dam-removal and salmon-restoration proposal in history now appears close to being realized thanks to a historic agreement reached in April 2016 between tribal, state and federal governments, the owner of the dams, ...


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Sunny Skies, Troubled Waters

Waterkeepers contend with the human impact on Florida’s aquatic systems. Photos and text by Lynne Buchanan Florida’s waterways are treasures that are being irreparably damaged by the impacts of climate-change, agricultural pollution, increasing population, urban growth and land development. As population expands, estuaries and waterways are being depleted by diversion of water from aquifers. More lawns, ...


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You pollute, and then you sue?

Standing up to polluters can be a risky business. By Frederick Tutman, Patuxent Riverkeeper I could hardly believe my ears when one of our members told me she had found mention of a lawsuit filed against Patuxent Riverkeeper while doing research on a local judiciary website. I assumed it was a mistake; our organization is ...


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Last hope for America’s “Most Endangered River”

Apalachicola Riverkeeper Dan Tonsmeire is fighting for the life of his river, but it’s the U.S Supreme Court and the Army Corps of Engineers who will decide its fate. By Lisa Garcia Extreme drought, unprecedented low waterflows, unrestrained and unsustainable growth, endangered wildlife and a collapsing estuary. Anyone dealing with these threats would most likely ...


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Book Review: Water as Our Planet Intended It

By Rhiannon Fionn “Water in Plain Sight: Hope for a Thirsty World” is a book about water, of course, but it’s also about some things you might not consider when thinking about earth’s water cycle: solar energy, soil, livestock and bacteria. And it demonstrates that they’re connected to each other, and to us. At a time ...