Waterkeeper Alliance

Magazine: Volume 13, Issue 2

Saving Nepal's Last Wild River (Summer 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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Letter from the President, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.: Horsemen of the Apocalypse

Not long ago, the legendary economist Amory Lovins showed me two photos, taken 10 years apart, of the New York City Easter Parade. A 1903 shot looking north from midtown showed Fifth Avenue crowded with a hundred horse-and-buggies and a solitary automobile. The second, taken in 1913 from a similar vantage on the same street, ...


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Waterkeeper Bahamas: Who is Waterkeeper Alliance?

Waterkeepers Bahamas is committed to preserve and protect the Bahamian environment through proactive policy change, education, legal action and advocacy. It all started with a commitment to preserving and protecting Clifton Bay and other common marine environments surrounding New Providence Island. From a maritime cargo facility proposed in the early 1990s to sprawling residential development ...


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After Miami Disaster, Army Corps Will Re-evaluate Port Everglades Dredging

Miami Waterkeeper has agreed to put a temporary hold on its lawsuit against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ project to expand Port Everglades and make way for larger, “post-Panamax” ships, so that the Corps can conduct new environmental studies before starting its dredging. The Waterkeeper and its partners in the suit, including the Center ...


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Louisiana Pipeline Oversight Gets Grade of Zero

A Waterkeeper fighting a pipeline in their watershed, and urging the Army Corps to deny a permit, is a story we’ve heard many times before.  But what happens when the Corps isn’t even really on the ground? Atchafalaya Basinkeeper (ABK) is finding out. Since last year, Atchafalaya Basinkeeper has been collaborating with local citizens and NGOs ...


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Alabamans Now Free to Challenge Coalmine Owners

Alabama citizens can now challenge decisions by the Alabama Surface Mining Commission without risking financial ruin. Thanks to the settlement of a lawsuit filed by Black Warrior Riverkeeper, Alabamans will no longer risk the imposition of attorneys’ fees and costs when exercising their rights under the federal Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 ...


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Texas Billionaires Abandon Alaskan Coal-Mine Project

Alaska is blessed with wild and spectacular natural amenities, but logging, mining and other extractive industries have long taken a toll on its landscape and waterways. It’s a state where the fossil-fuel industry exercises a lot of power and control. In south-central Alaska, however, Cook Inletkeeper is pushing back hard, and often winning.   In ...


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At Last, EPA Outlines Plan for Willamette River Superfund Site

By Travis Williams, Willamette Riverkeeper On January 6th, the U.S. EPA released its “record of decision” for the Willamette River’s Portland Harbor Superfund site, 16 years after its initial listing. The cleanup plan outlined in the decision, while not as strong as Willamette Riverkeeper had sought, is a significant improvement over what had been put forward in ...


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In Montana, Waterkeeper Acts Against That Blooming Algae

Upper Missouri Waterkeeper settled a lawsuit in March that will provide more information on and further study of the growing problem of toxic algae in Montana’s Upper Beaverhead watershed. Severe unnatural algae blooms and turbidity on the Upper Beaverhead River have degraded the fish population over the last few years, hurting the local outdoor economy. ...


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At Lake George, Putting a “LID” on “Largest Water-Quality Problem”

When it rains on an urban landscape, it pours – pours a toxic mixture of Valvoline, Weed-be-Gone, Miracle-Gro, tire-dust, Lucky Strikes, dog poop and other components of pollution into storm-drains, sewers and, ultimately, our streams, rivers, lakes and bays. Even if the water running through storm-drains were boiled, distilled, filtered, and sanitized before it rushes ...


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The Curse of Plastic Ocean Waste Now Part of the Cure

Much of the natural beauty around it remains intact but the town of Santa Teresa is no longer the undiscovered surfer’s paradise.  Located near the southern tip of Costa Rica’s Nicoya Peninsula, Santa Teresa was once a sleepy village but was discovered in the 2000s by adventure-seekers attracted to its white-sand beaches, consistent surf-break and ...


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La Afrenta de Los Desechos Plásticos en Entornos Marinos: Hoy en Día Parte de la Solución

Mucha de la belleza natural que lo rodea permanece intacta, pero el pueblo de Santa Teresa ha dejado de ser el paraíso sin descubrir de los surfistas. Ubicada cerca del extremo sur de la Península de Nicoya en Costa Rica, Santa Teresa solía ser un pueblo adormilado antes de que los viajeros aventureros se establecieran ...


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In Zheijang Province, It’s the Year of No Pig-Waste

Zheng Dong, a staffer at Qiantang River Waterkeeper, typically works long hours patrolling the waterways of Quzhou City in Zhejiang Province, China. May 1st of 2016, however, was not a typical day for him. He was patrolling the river with two volunteer water-quality monitors, Yunlong Yang and Shiliang Li, when they passed a hillside dubbed “Radish Hill” on which ...


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A Summit Amid the Himalayan Summits, Where More Waterkeepers Arise

When a devastating earthquake shook Nepal in April 2015 and took more than 8,000 lives, Bagmati River Waterkeeper Mausam Khanal, Megh Ale (now the Karnali River Waterkeeper) and their entire team of river guides and conservationists took unprecedented action to help rescue remote communities and rebuild the country. Because of their actions, the Waterkeeper family ...


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Coastal Alabama on their Minds

By Hanlon Walsh, communications coordinator at Mobile Baykeeper Founded by persons of property, expanded by disaster, Mobile Baykeeper is an improbable success story. The founding story of Mobile Baykeeper bears a stark contrast to that of many other Waterkeepers throughout the world. It wasn’t founded by commercial fishermen trying to reclaim their river and restore their ...


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Saving the Wild Karnali

Story and photos by Gary Wockner, Poudre Waterkeeper In the shadow of a massive dam proposal, Nepal’s Waterkeepers take to the water to save Nepal’s last wild river. Megh Ale (pronounced “Ah-lay”) is a patient man. His eyes twinkle, the corners of his mouth almost always turned up into a soft smile.  He was a ...


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From Drought to Deluge: Lessons from California for a Resilient Water Future

By Sara Aminzadeh, executive director, California Coastkeeper Alliance California’s Waterkeepers lead the effort to make water conservation a way of life in that state. “During the dry years, the people forgot about the rich years, and when the wet years returned, they lost all memory of the dry years. It was always that way.”  John ...


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River Warrior

By Nathan Senge A conversation with Hao Xin, China’s Qiantang River Waterkeeper. Recently I met with China’s Qiantang River Waterkeeper Hao Xin at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Boston to discuss his work restoring and protecting Zhejiang Province’s environment and its principal river, the Qiantang. Hao Xin is also the vice-president and executive director of ...


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End of the Line for Northwest Coal Trains

By Tyee Bridge Waterkeepers in the Pacific Northwest win the fight against coal export. The Cherry Point Aquatic Reserve—Xwe’chieXen in the language of the local Lummi Nation—is home to endangered herring, salmon, orca whales and long-tailed ducks. Bounded by sheer sandy cliffs and cobbled beaches, it covers about seven miles of Washington State’s north coast. ...


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New Hampshire’s Great Bay

By Laurie O’Reilly An estuary with big problems and new hopes. With its breathtaking panoramas and diverse habitats of salt marsh, mudflats, rocky shores and eelgrass meadows, the Great Bay estuary is a vital part of the landscape of New Hampshire’s seacoast region and southern Maine. Extending inland from the mouth of the Piscataqua River ...