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Legal Protests Target Biden’s Plans To Resume Oil, Gas Leasing on Public Lands


Fossil Fuel Expansion Undermines Biden’s Climate Goals, Campaign Promises Climate, conservation and community groups from across the country filed administrative...

Who Is Waterkeeper: Greg Remaud, NY/NJ Baykeeper

  • By: Thomas Hynes
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The NY/NJ Baykeeper is unlike most other Waterkeepers in that it doesn’t protect just one waterway. Rather it protects some of the many waterways that...

A River of Trees: Guarding Louisiana’s Atchafalaya Basin

  • By: Thomas Hynes
  • News

The Atchafalaya Basin in Louisiana is a distributary of the Mississippi River. It contains the biggest wetland swamp and largest continuous wetland forest...

EPA Must Confront Largest Unaddressed Source of Water Pollution

  • By: Thomas Hynes
  • News

Nonpoint source pollution is the largest unaddressed source of water pollution in the country. This type of contamination typically happens when rain and...

Help Ensure All Communities Have Clean Water Act Protections!

  • By: Thomas Hynes
  • News

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing new Financial Capabilities Assessment guidance for establishing a community’s ability to...

Protecting Chile’s South-Central Coast

  • By: Maule Itata Coastkeeper
  • News

Maule Itata Coastkeeper has been a member of Waterkeeper Alliance since 2008. Our watershed is located on the south-central coast of Chile and borders...

Rio Grande Waterkeeper Jen Pelz

Who Is Waterkeeper: Jen Pelz, Rio Grande Waterkeeper

  • By: Thomas Hynes
  • News

As the name suggests, the Rio Grande is a big river. It runs from the San Juan Mountains in Southwestern Colorado, through national parks like Big Bend,...

Coalition Doubles Down on Call for Oil Drilling Ban Following Recent UN Climate Report


IPCC Scientists declare: We can halve emissions by 2030. Today, the Our Islands Our Future coalition is reaffirming its position with regard to a permanent...

Help Keep Mercury Out of Our Waters!

  • By: Thomas Hynes
  • News

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing a rule reaffirming that enforcing Mercury and Air Toxic Standards (MATS) from power plants...

Waterkeeper Alliance and Sustainable Fashion Label, Blue & Yellow, Announce a Special Partnership


In honor of World Water Day, Blue & Yellow, a sustainable Northern California apparel brand, and Waterkeeper Alliance, a U.S.-based international nonprofit...

Waterkeeper Alliance Responds to the Congressional Spending Bill’s Extension of Polluter Loopholes for Industrial Animal Agriculture


Daniel E. Estrin, General Counsel and Advocacy Director of Waterkeeper Alliance, released the following statement: The omnibus spending bill recently signed...

Otters on the Severn


It is hard to believe that otters are happily swimming in the Severn River, only a few miles upstream of Maryland’s State Capital. Several years ago,...

Keeping an eye on stormwater pollution


By Steve Holt. Originally published by Lake Pend Oreille Waterkeeper, republished with permission. Stormwater is one of the most significant threats to...

Improper Wastewater Treatment in Santa Teresa

  • By: Nicoya Peninsula Waterkeeper
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By Carolina Chavarría Pozuelo, Nicoya Peninsula Waterkeeper Nicoya Peninsula Waterkeeper is based out of Santa Teresa, a small and highly touristic surf...

Celebrating 10 Years of Fighting for the Futaleufú River

  • By: Futaleufú Riverkeeper
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By Lydia Blanchet, Futaleufú Riverkeeper Water Monitoring Program Coordinator A crown jewel of Patagonia, the Futaleufú River flows westward across the...

Support the Farm System Reform Act

  • By: Thomas Hynes
  • News

The Farm System Reform Act was recently introduced by Senator Cory Booker (NJ) and Representative Ro Khanna (CA) into both the U.S. House of Representatives...

Who Is Waterkeeper: Mbacke Seck, Hann Baykeeper

  • By: Thomas Hynes
  • News

Mbacke Seck was a student in 1998 when he and some fellow students noticed a disturbing development at their local beach in Hann Bay in Senegal. The area...

Mexican Court Urged to Rule for Indigenous Mayan Youth in Constitutional Challenge to Massive Industrial Hog Operation on Yucatán Peninsula


Mexico City, Mexico — Conservation groups, scientists, doctors and public-health experts filed a legal brief today supporting constitutional claims...

Waterkeeper Alliance Receives United Nations Environment Programme Accreditation


Waterkeeper Alliance has received accreditation from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the coordinating body for the United Nations’ regional...

Fully Restore Clean Water Act Protections for All Waters of the United States

  • By: Thomas Hynes
  • News

The Clean Water Act is intended to ensure our waters are safe for swimming, drinking, fishing, and other uses. However, the law cannot achieve these goals...

Who Is Waterkeeper: Bill Lucey, Long Island Soundkeeper

  • By: Thomas Hynes
  • News

Bill Lucey, a Connecticut native, has been the Long Island Soundkeeper since 2017. However, the organization’s inception dates back three decades to...

Legal Petition Calls On Biden to Phase Out Federal Oil, Gas by 2035


More than 360 climate, tribal, religious and conservation groups petitioned the Biden administration today to use its executive authority to phase out...

Tijuana Waterkeeper Works to Improve Some of the Most Contaminated Beaches in the World But They Need Your Help


Tijuana Waterkeeper, a program of Proyecto Fronterizo de Educación Ambiental, has been around for quite some time. What started as beach cleanups has...

Water Advocates Call for Government Transparency, Ban on Oil Drilling in Climate-Vulnerable Nations


A renewed call today by the Our Islands Our Future coalition to the Bahamian government for transparency and a permanent ban on oil drilling highlights...

5 Trends in Water for 2022


As we look ahead to a new year, we asked some of our team to forecast what trends and issues they think will impact water in 2022. Here’s what they had...

Connecting People and Building Organic Movements

  • By: Gomti River Waterkeeper
  • News

By Venkatesh Dutta, Gomti River Waterkeeper Working as a Waterkeeper, having a strong sense of ‘social dynamics focus’ offers me invaluable experiences...

Promoting Life in the Creeks of Ecuador’s Guayllabamba River


By Patricio Chambers, Guayllabamba Waterkeeper The creeks of the Guayllabamba River in Ecuador constitute its “veins” through which small permanent...

Beating Back the Tide of Nurdle Pollution with Charleston Waterkeeper


A pernicious and increasingly common form of plastic pollution comes by way of the innocuously named nurdles, the lentil-sized “pre-production pellets”...

Help Us Strengthen and Expand Federal Methane Regulations

  • By: Thomas Hynes
  • News

Recently, the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reaffirmed what many of us already know: climate change is accelerating and...

Who Is Waterkeeper: Daru Setyorini, Brantas River Waterkeeper

  • By: Thomas Hynes
  • News

Daru Setyorini is the Brantas River Waterkeeper in Indonesia. She grew up near the river and has many happy childhood memories of swimming and playing...

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