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Waterkeeper Alliance Applauds New EPA Rule to Hold Major Polluters Accountable For PFAS Contamination


Today, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a groundbreaking new rule to designate two per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) – perfluorooctanoic...

Final Biden Oil, Gas Rule Offers Fiscal Reforms, Nothing on Climate


Today, the Biden administration’s Bureau of Land Management (the Bureau) released its final oil and gas leasing rule. The rule contains welcome and decades-overdue...

Waterkeeper Alliance Celebrates First-Ever Limits on PFAS in Drinking Water, and Calls on Biden to Address All Contamination


EPA Announces New Protections to Reduce the Presence of Forever Chemicals in Drinking Water, but More Action is Needed to Clean Up All PFAS Contamination...

Waterkeeper Alliance Offers New Clean Water Podcast, ‘Equity In Every Drop’


To engage new audiences and generate conversations that lead to action, Waterkeeper Alliance has launched a new podcast, Equity In Every Drop. Compelling...

Tell EPA to Protect Our Communities and Waterways From PFAS!


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to list nine additional PFAS compounds as hazardous. EPA must use its authority to protect...

Who Is Waterkeeper: Amanda Reichelt-Brushett, Richmond Riverkeeper

  • By: Thomas Hynes
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Richmond Riverkeeper is one of the newest Waterkeeper groups in the movement. Their official membership only went live in December of 2023. But the impetus...

Tell EPA to Finalize the Strongest and Most Durable Methane Regulations


Earlier this year, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed a new rule that would charge oil and gas companies for excessive climate-harming...

Who Is Waterkeeper: Nelson Brooke, Black Warrior Riverkeeper


Nelson Brooke joined Black Warrior Riverkeeper in Alabama when a friend from elementary school asked if he could help run the nascent organization for...

Coalition of Groups Submits Comments Urging EPA to Require Industrial Animal Feeding Operations to Report their Dangerous Air Pollution


A coalition of environmental, animal welfare, and community advocacy groups, including Waterkeeper Alliance, submitted comments in response to a request...

Lawsuit Launched Over EPA’s Oversight Failure on Dangerous Phosphate Mining Waste


Conservation, public health, and environmental justice organizations notified the Environmental Protection Agency today of their intent to sue the agency...

Tell EPA to Stop Exempting Factory Farms From Reporting Hazardous Air Pollution!

  • By: Thomas Hynes
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Once again, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is walking back its commitment to revise or eliminate an illegal rule exempting factory farms...

Waterkeeper Alliance Endorses New PFAS Accountability Act that Promises to Hold Manufacturers Responsible for ‘Forever Chemicals’


Waterkeeper Alliance proudly endorses the PFAS Accountability Act, which was introduced today in the House and Senate by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY)...

Waterkeeper Alliance, 110 Organizations Call on EPA to Expand List of Toxic Water Pollutants


Today, Waterkeeper Alliance submitted a letter—signed by 63 local Waterkeeper groups and 47 other conservation organizations—to the U.S. Environmental...

Who Is Waterkeeper: Bruce Reznik, Los Angeles Waterkeeper


Los Angeles Waterkeeper Bruce Reznik grew up in a quiet, residential area of Los Angeles County. As a kid, he can remember seeing signs pointing out the...

Tell EPA to Protect American Waterways From Slaughterhouse and Rendering Plant Pollution!


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently announced a proposed rule to establish new water pollution control standards for slaughterhouses...

EPA Proposes to Exclude Most Slaughterhouses and Rendering Plants from Updated Water Pollution Control Rules


Waterkeeper Alliance and other Clean Water Experts Urge EPA to Require Slaughterhouses and Rendering Plants to Comply with Modern Technology Standards...

New York State Supreme Court Rules NYC Department of Environmental Protection Failed to Report Combined Sewer Overflow Discharges


Recent ruling successfully upholds the public notification process and requires the agency to provide a list of all unreported overflows from the past...

Who Is Waterkeeper: Bunleap Leang, Lower Sesan River Waterkeeper

  • By: Thomas Hynes
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Bunleap Leang is the Lower Sesan River Waterkeeper in Cambodia. The Lower Sesan River runs for roughly 225 kilometers, or about 140 miles, and is a sanctuary...

Waterkeeper Alliance Global Ambassador Jax Davey Gears Up For Ice Ultramarathon In Effort to Spotlight Clean Water, Climate Threats


Waterkeeper Alliance Global Ambassador Jax Davey is gearing up for an Arctic Ultramarathon in hopes to raise awareness for clean water and environmental...

EPA Proposes Improved Water Pollution Control Standards for Slaughterhouses and Rendering Facilities



Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed new water pollution control standards for slaughterhouses and rendering facilities in response...

Waterkeeper Alliance Launches New Global Ambassador Program, Welcomes US Civil Rights Advocate and UK Social Entrepreneur


Waterkeeper Alliance has launched a new Global Ambassador Program aimed at advancing the organization’s mission to protect the right to clean water in...

Waterkeeper Alliance, Waterkeeper Groups React to Final COP28 Deal, Call on World Leaders to Support a Proposed Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty


In response to the historic climate deal struck at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP28) today in...

Vulnerable Fishing Communities From Across the World Deliver Declaration to United Nations to End Offshore Oil & Gas Expansion


A Complete Phase Out is the Only Credible Pathway to Limit Climate Change to 1.5º C and to Uphold the Human Rights of Coastal and Fishing Communities...

Dive Into Democracy: 2023 Year in Review

  • By: Thomas Hynes
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Through our Dive Into Democracy blog and email series, we informed and engaged our U.S. audience on the most pressing clean water issues of the day. In...

Waterkeeper Alliance Applauds EPA’s Final Rule to Cut Methane Pollution, Calls for Stronger Climate Action

  • By: Waterkeeper Alliance
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Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a final rule to cut methane pollution from existing oil and gas sources — a positive climate...

Who Is Waterkeeper: Alice Volpitta, Baltimore Harbor Waterkeeper

  • By: Thomas Hynes
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Alice Volpitta can trace her love for water back to when she grew up in Maryland crabbing and fishing with her dad on the tributaries of the Chesapeake...

Waterkeeper Alliance Calls on Insurance Industry to Support 1.5°C Climate Targets


Today, the Insure Our Future campaign released its seventh annual scorecard on insurance, fossil fuels, and the climate emergency. The report was co-published...

We Must Urge Congress to Pass the Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act of 2023!


Representative Jared Huffman (CA) and Senator Jeff Merkley (OR) recently reintroduced the Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act, a sweeping but common-sense...

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Waterkeeper Alliance Applauds Reintroduction of the Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act


Today, Waterkeeper Alliance applauded Representative Jared Huffman (CA) and Senator Jeff Merkley (OR) for reintroducing the Break Free From Plastic Pollution...

Who Is Waterkeeper: Angie Rosser, West Virginia Headwaters Waterkeeper

  • By: Thomas Hynes
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Angie Rosser is the West Virginia Headwaters Waterkeeper and also the Executive Director of the West Virginia Rivers Coalition. She grew up in Ohio and...