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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
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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
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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
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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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Law Requires Biden to Cancel February Oil Lease Sale to Prevent Climate Harm


Conservation groups submitted formal comments today urging cancelation of February’s federal oil and gas lease auctions, saying the Biden administration...

FERC releases DEIS for Jordan Cove LNG export in southern Oregon

After Years of Community Organizing, Jordan Cove LNG Export Terminal and Fracked Gas Pipeline Project is Dead


Pembina Announces It Has “Decided Not to Move Forward With the Project” and Asks the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to Cancel Its Permit Pembina,...

Who Is Waterkeeper: Gordon Rogers, Flint Riverkeeper

  • By: Thomas Hynes
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The Flint River originates in the Upper Piedmont region of Georgia near the outskirts of Atlanta Metro and runs nearly 350 miles downstream — and downstate...

COP26 – Fighting for protection of the world’s waters and a hospitable planet under an intensifying call to action for all humankind


It was an honor to represent the Waterkeeper Movement at COP26 in Glasgow, Scotland. It was an intense two weeks of collective advocacy, learning, networking,...

Week of Action: Transition to a More Sustainable and Equitable Food System


This action notice is updated from a notice originally shared in September 2020. We require farms and food systems that are resilient, healthy, and fair...

250+ Organizations Plea With President Biden to Cancel Unprecedented Oil and Gas Megasale in Gulf of Mexico


As international climate talks continue, a coalition of 267 organizations – including 36 representing Gulf of Mexico communities – delivered...

COP26: UN human rights experts highlight continued human rights impacts of dams


Calls mount for UN climate financing mechanisms to exclude hydropower As negotiators convened at COP26 in Glasgow attempt to break the deadlock on emissions...

Biden Makes Climate Pledge at Glasgow While Pushing Oil, Gas Leasing in U.S.


U.S. climate groups slammed the Biden administration today for ignoring climate impacts and refusing to stop oil and gas leasing on public lands despite...

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Waterkeeper Alliance Responds to EPA’s Major New Rules To Cut Oil and Gas Methane Emissions


Agency Promises More In the Future to Address Flaring and Marginal Wells President Biden announced at the UN Climate Summit today the U.S. Environmental...

It’s Time to Fully Restore the Cornerstone of Environmental Law

  • By: Thomas Hynes
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The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), passed in 1970, requires federal agencies to assess any significant environmental impacts a federal action...

Who is Waterkeeper: Alberto Guillén, La Paz Waterkeeper

  • By: Thomas Hynes
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The Bay of La Paz in Baja California, Mexico is a stunningly biodiverse body of water situated within the Gulf of California at the southern end of the...

FERC releases DEIS for Jordan Cove LNG export in southern Oregon

Challengers to Jordan Cove LNG get their day in Federal Court


Oral argument for lawsuit challenging the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s approval of the Jordan Cove LNG export terminal and Pacific Connector...

Marc Yaggi quote reading "Waterkeepers have scientific and technical expertise, as well as unique perspectives and knowledge about regional water issues and associated impacts to their communities and ecosystems, that make them an invaluable resource for EPA."

Waterkeeper Alliance Works to Align Local Waterkeepers with Regional EPA Administrators


As the U.S. celebrates the 49th anniversary of the landmark Clean Water Act (CWA) legislation, Waterkeeper Alliance—a global movement that connects and...

Jeff Currie the Lumber Riverkeeper is pointing his finger. He is wearing a red shirt and there are green trees behind him.

Who is Waterkeeper: Jefferson Currie II, Lumber Riverkeeper

  • By: Thomas Hynes
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Jeff Currie had only been on the job as Lumber Riverkeeper for a few weeks in 2018 when Hurricane Florence came barreling through North Carolina. The devastating...

International Coalition Petitions Inter-American Commission on Human Rights to Investigate Factory-Farm Abuses


The coalition includes advocates in Argentina, Mexico, Chile, Ecuador, United States, and the request is supported by 127 organizations and 151 academics,...

Help Keep Dangerous ‘Forever Chemicals’ Out of Our Water


One of the most dangerous and persistent threats to our nation’s waters is the group of emerging contaminants known as PFAS, or per- and polyfluoroalkyl...

A gas drilling rig for fracking with a sunset in the background.

Objections Target Biden’s Oil Leasing Plan Amid Climate “Code Red”


Conservation groups filed formal objections today to the Biden administration’s plans to offer 734,000 acres of public lands for oil and gas leasing...

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300 organizations from 69 countries call on governments to not use climate funding for so-called “sustainable” hydropower schemes


300 organizations from 69 countries today launched a Rivers for Climate Global Declaration calling on governments and leaders attending COP26 to protect...

Press Conference: Hydropower – A False Climate Solution


Over 280 organizations from 69 countries call for climate funding to exclude so-called “sustainable” hydropower schemes. WHEN: 21 September 2021 |...

Motion to Protect Amazon Rivers Approved at the World Conservation Congress in Marseille


By Derecho, Ambiente y Recursos Naturales (DAR). Republished with permission. The Members’ Assembly of the International Union for Conservation of...

Chubb is the 16th insurer to cut ties with the Trans Mountain tar sands pipeline


“Chubb does not provide insurance coverage for any tar sands projects,” a Chubb spokesperson told the Financial Times today. The announcement was...