Become a Waterkeeper

Do you lead or want to lead an environmental nonprofit organization to focus advocacy work on protecting your local watershed?

Do you have excellent leadership, communications, and fundraising skills?

If yes, we want to hear from you! Scroll down to learn more about how to start a Waterkeeper group and submit your information.

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United as one powerful force, Waterkeeper Alliance fights for every community’s right to clean water.

From the Great Lakes to the Himalayas, Alaska to Australia, local Waterkeeper groups defend the fundamental human right to drinkable, fishable, and swimmable waters, and combine firsthand knowledge of waterways with an unwavering commitment to the rights of local communities.

Whether on the water tracking down polluters, in courtrooms enforcing environmental laws, advocating in town meetings, or teaching in classrooms, the Waterkeeper movement speaks for the waters it defends with the backing of local communities.

Do you know if there is already a Waterkeeper group protecting your watershed? Find Your local Waterkeeper and reach out to them to get involved!

Types of Waterkeeper Groups


Licensed Waterkeeper Organizations are financially sustainable. They are voting members of Waterkeeper Alliance, each representing a specific waterway. Waterkeeper Alliance offers a variety of training, organizing, communications, and advocacy benefits to strengthen their programs so that the local fight for clean water becomes a powerful, coordinated, global movement.


Provisionally licensed Waterkeeper Affiliates are sustainable nonprofit organizations but may have limited capacity, and/or they may be Affiliates of a fully-licensed Waterkeeper Organization, representing a specific waterway. Affiliates are non-voting members of Waterkeeper Alliance but can utilize Waterkeeper Alliance’s benefits to strengthen their programs and develop the capacity to become, if applicable, fully licensed, voting Waterkeeper Member Organizations.

How We Support Waterkeeper Groups

Communications & Marketing

Waterkeeper Alliance provides a collective voice on national and global issues affecting our waterways ...


Waterkeeper Alliance provides trainings and networking opportunities, hosts webinars, creates partnerships ...

Regional Organizing

Waterkeeper Alliance provides the opportunity to participate in in-person and virtual gatherings to foster ...


Waterkeeper Alliance engages with lawmakers, regulatory officials, and courts to advocate ...

Conference & Regional Meetings

Every other year, Waterkeeper Alliance hosts a global conference for Waterkeeper Organizations and Affiliates from around ...

Become a Waterkeeper

Using the form, please briefly tell us about yourself and your work to protect your local watershed. Please include the following relevant experience:

  • Leadership
  • Communications
  • Fundraising

Strengthening and growing Waterkeeper groups in the Amazon Basin

Through Project Osiris, Waterkeeper Alliance has prioritized the Amazon Basin as one of the world’s most iconic and endangered water bodies in critical need of protection. With an initial focus in Peru, Brazil, and Ecuador, we will recruit local and Indigenous-led groups to amplify their voices—and Indigenous knowledge—for the protection of the Amazon Basin and Rainforest.

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