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Waterkeeper Warriors

Waterkeeper Warriors showcases 20 Waterkeepers who have fought and won some of the most significant clean water battles of the past 20 years and face the greatest challenges of the future. To celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Waterkeeper Alliance, our partners at Culture Trip dispatched photographers to locations around the globe to capture the spirit of these Warriors, who are at the heart of a global movement of more than 300 Waterkeeper groups to protect clean drinking water and irreplaceable water sources for nearly a billion people.

We invite you to take in our full Waterkeeper Warriors gallery and listen to their stories here.

Photo by © Andy Levin, courtesy of Culture Trip.

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Coho, lamprey, sculpin, crayfish: tiny homegoings on Bush Creek

By Twin Harbors Waterkeeper Lee First Wading softly through the mud of Bush Creek, I netted lampreys, crayfish, snails, beetles, worms, and clams. Every so often, one in our little group of volunteers cheered after netting a Coho salmon fry.  We were helping to rescue small aquatic animals in a temporarily dewatered stream. A new ...

John Cronin, the first Riverkeeper. He used environmental law to stop polluters on the Hudson.

Twenty Years of Waterkeeper Alliance: How the Waterkeeper Movement Shaped and Was Shaped by U.S. Environmental Law

By Karl Coplan. This post originally appeared on the blog of the American College of Environmental Lawyers at www.acoel.org. In the late 1980s, when I was an associate at the environmental boutique law firm of Berle, Kass, and Case in New York City, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and John Cronin came to visit the firm to ...

Oklahoma Floods: A Reminder of How the State Abdicated its Duty to Protect Us

By Earl Hatley, Grand Riverkeeper at Local Environmental Action Demanded (“LEAD Agency”) Widespread flooding in Oklahoma in late May served as a reminder that the state government has shirked its responsibility to protect us from hazardous coal ash. The state last year received permission from EPA to enforce state standards on coal ash storage instead ...

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