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Hydropower is NOT Clean Energy: Dams and Reservoirs are Major Drivers of Climate Change

On November 8, 2017, the House of Representatives approved a bill, H.R. 3043, that defines hydropower as a renewable energy source and fast-tracks the licensing of large, taxpayer-funded hydro-projects, claiming that the concentration of licensing power in the hands of one federal agency—the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)—will boost a clean source of energy. Reservoirs ...


Litter Along Our Rivers

Litter can be a personal issue. For some, the shock of seeing local wildlife munch on plastic bags spurs them to volunteer for beach clean-ups. For others, the importance of keeping our water clean hits home when family members get sick after a swim at a contaminated beach. But for many, soda cans, water bottles, ...

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Pruitt Works for Industry — Not Our Waters

Co-written by Marc Yaggi and Gabrielle Segal The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is rapidly changing. Science is being driven out and big industries are taking over. The Trump administration is halting regulations on unsafe, toxic chemicals and rewriting age-old rules to make it harder to track the ramifications of said chemicals. Chlorpyrifos is among ...


Waterkeeper Alliance Takes On Ocean Plastic Pollution

Plastic pollution is a plague on our earth and in our waters.  Americans alone discard more than 30 million tons of plastic a year — and only 8% of it gets recycled. The rest ends up in landfills, is burned, or becomes litter. An estimated 5 – 12 million tons of plastic pollution flows into ...

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URGENT: Protect Our Waterways From Aquatic Invaders | Dive Into Democracy

The Senate could vote as soon as today on a bill that could weaken Clean Water Act protections against the spread of invasive species in waterways. The “Vessel Incidental Discharge Act” (VIDA) has been included in a bill reauthorizing funding for the Coast Guard (S. 1129). VIDA would exempt ballast water from regulation by the ...


GRACE’s New Water Footprint Calculator

This post originally appeared in Ecocentric and is reprinted with permission. By Peter Hanlon Do you know how much water you use every day? Chances are you’re thinking about the water that cleans your dirty dishes, flows onto your sleepy head in the shower or spins down the toilet. The truth is, though, we never even ...


Groups File Lawsuit to Stop New Diversion and Protect Flows in Colorado River

Suit seeks to halt Windy Gap Firming Project and force alternatives A coalition of environmental groups today filed a lawsuit in federal court to prevent additional diversions from the already struggling Colorado River. The suit questions the need for the Windy Gap Firming Project, which is a plan to divert on average an additional 30,000 ...

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Project Osiris – The Next 20 Years of Waterkeeper Alliance

This letter, co-written by Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. & Marc Yaggi, originally appeared in our 2017 Annual Report. Dear Waterkeeper Alliance supporter, Pollution, diversion and drought have triggered a global water crisis that will be the central political, cultural and economic feature of our children’s lives. The World Bank predicts that the looming world water cataclysm — ...

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Defending Marine Protected Areas in Belize

Belize — a small country in Central America bordered by Mexico to the north, Guatemala to the west and south, and the Caribbean Sea to the east — has a well-deserved reputation as a paradise on earth thanks to its crystal blue coastal waters, healthy mangrove lagoons, and lush rainforests full of exotic wildlife. But ...

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Celebrating 45 Years of the Clean Water Act

Today marks an important anniversary not only for waterways across the United States, but for the health and wellbeing of all who reside here. On October 18, 1972, the Clean Water Act became law. In light of current threats to the Act, the 45th anniversary of this crucial law provides a unique opportunity to reflect ...