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Straining Through the Smoke, Looking for a Clean Energy Future

The smoke outside was so thick one could not see the mountains that rise sharply on the other side of the valley. Inside, I sat amongst 400 community members who anxiously awaited updates from the incident command team that recently set up a nearby base camp with almost 600 personnel to fight a complex of ...


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Stop the Fast-Tracking of Dams! | Dive Into Democracy

Threats from the hydropower industry have increased in recent years and right now there are more than 30 bills in Congress that impact how dams are built and regulated on our rivers. While dam owners would like us to believe that hydropower is a “clean” technology, the truth is that dams hurt rivers and the ...


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Congress Doubles Down on Fossil Fuel Addiction | Dive Into Democracy

Emboldened by a President who denies climate change and appointed an ExxonMobil executive as our Secretary of State, Congressional leadership is planning to fast-track a massive and dangerous energy bill: S.1460, the Energy and Natural Resources Act of 2017. While the United States needs a visionary overhaul of its energy infrastructure, this bill doubles down ...


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Kick Out The Dams!

This week, I returned from a trip to the beautiful country of Sweden, where I spent time with Thomas Johansson, Swedish Baltic Rivers Waterkeeper, and Christer Borg, Alvraddanas Waterkeeper, to witness and discuss the impacts of dams on Sweden’s rivers. Little did I know, we would be celebrating a new dam removal victory during our ...


Rafael Chambers (left) and his son Patricio walk through a city park in Quito along the Machangara River where they promote programs to plant trees, protect the watershed, and connect people to nature.

The Guayllabamba Waterkeeper Family of Quito, Ecuador

The Waterkeeper movement – all 320+ of us around the world and our staffs – likes to think of each other as a family, but perhaps nowhere is that more pronounced than in Quito, Ecuador along the Machangara and Guayllabamba Rivers. Guayllabamba Waterkeeper is truly a family enterprise. The family of Rafael Chambers – including ...


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Nation’s First Lawsuit Filed Against EPA’s Scott Pruitt

By Columbia Riverkeeper Brett VandenHeuvel, EcoWatch Reposted with permission from EcoWatch Thursday, Columbia Riverkeeper filed the nation’s first lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s administrator Scott Pruitt, Columbia Riverkeeper et al. v. Pruitt. Pruitt has deep ties to the fossil fuel industry. As Attorney General of Oklahoma, he repeatedly sued the EPA to weaken ...


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The Dam Truth

From Oroville to Hoover Dam – Seven Reasons Why Climate Change Will Undermine Dams and Reservoirs as a Source of Water and Electricity Ten years ago I was pictured on the front page of the Fort Collins Coloradoan newspaper giving a presentation titled, “The Dam Truth.” The movie, “The Inconvenient Truth,” had just come out ...


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Will This Wild, Secret Himalayan River Be Dammed?

The Karnali River – Nepal’s biggest and last free-flowing river, and the sacred headwaters of the Ganges – is threatened by a massive dam Megh Ale (pronounce “Ah-lay”) is a patient man. His eyes twinkle, the corners of which turn up into a soft smile almost all the time. He used to be a monk ...


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Free the Snake River, Remove the Dams

Gary Wockner, EcoWatch Reposted with permission from EcoWatch. Buck Ryan, the Snake River Waterkeeper, put it this way, “Removing hydroelectric dams is progress—we no longer have to destroy rivers and kill endangered fish to keep the lights on.” As I paddled my kayak amidst the hundreds of people in the Free The Snake flotilla last ...