Waterkeeper Alliance

Magazine: Volume 12, Issue 1

There At The Founding (Winter 2016)

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 Executive Director: A Fisherman’s Tale

The unlikely story of how a band of aggrieved, determined Hudson River fishermen started an environmental movement that is now at the forefront on six continents in the the fight for clean water and the future of the planet. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Waterkeeper movement, when fishermen on ...


leaders of the first 11 waterkeeper organizations meet in casco bay, maine, in 1995. left to right, front row, mike herz,
san francisco baykeeper, andy willner, ny/nj baykeeper, cynthia potten, delaware riverkeeper, sally bethea, chattahoochee
riverkeeper, kenny moser, puget soundkeeper, john torgan, narragansett baykeeper. back row, terry backer, long island
soundkeeper, joe payne, casco baykeeper, john cronin, hudson riverkeeper, terry tamminen, santa monica baykeeper, and
rick dove, neuse riverkeeper.

There At The Founding

In this roundtable discussion, which took place about 18 months ago at a Waterkeeper Alliance annual conference, five of the earliest Waterkeepers – Neuse Riverkeeper Rick Dove, New York/New Jersey Baykeeper Andy Willner, Chattahoochee Riverkeeper Sally Bethea, Casco Baykeeper Joe Payne and the late Long Island Soundkeeper Terry Backer, the movement’s longest serving Waterkeeper, who passed ...


Photo by John P. Chrestin

Waterkeeper Movement Milestones

1966 Hudson River Fishermen’s Association is formed (now Hudson Riverkeeper) by Bob Boyle (right) and commercial and recreational fishermen in response to massive pollution from several industrial facilities on the Hudson River that threaten many of their livelihoods. 1970 First Earth Day – 20 million Americans participate in the largest public demonstration in U.S. history. ...


Terry Backer

Terry Backer | 1954 -2015 | A Legend’s First Legacy

June 2015 – Terry Backer, Long Island Soundkeeper and a Connecticut state representative, successfully leads Connecticut legislature’s passage of a ban of toxic plastic microbeads, which are found in personal care items like soaps, cleansers and toothpaste, because of their danger to aquatic wildlife. “We’re now one of the only states to disallow these plastics,” ...


Photo courtesy of Tuul Riverkeeper.

Waterkeepers Around the World Battle Climate Change

The recent reports that the level of carbon dioxide in the earth’s atmosphere has passed 400 parts per million, the highest in more than 300 million years, has taken many people by surprise. But the women and men of the world’s more than 270 Waterkeeper organizations were not among them. Waterkeepers in North America, Latin ...


David Huntamer, senior operations supervisor at the Point Loma Wastewater Treatment Plant, shows touring San Diego Coastkeeper staff a sample of
San Diego’s wastewater before the plant performs primary treatment. Photo courtesy of San Diego Coastkeeper.

What’s In The Water? What’s In A Word?

In the increasingly thirsty San Diego area, San Diego Coastkeeper crafted the vision and the words to offer a solution to the worsening water woes. For more than 25 years, the City of San Diego had a pass to pollute signed by the EPA itself. More than half of the city’s water is pumped over mountains ...