Join the Waterkeeper Movement

Waterkeeper Alliance unites more than 300 Waterkeeper groups on the front lines of the planetary environmental crisis, patrolling and protecting more than 2.5 million square miles of rivers, lakes, and coastal waterways on six continents.

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

Waterkeeper Alliance ensures that the world’s Waterkeeper groups are as connected to each other as they are to their local waters, organizing the fight for clean water into a coordinated global movement.

Types of Waterkeeper Groups

Organizations

Waterkeeper Organizations are fully licensed, 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.

Affiliates

Waterkeeper Affiliates are non-voting, provisionally licensed Waterkeeper groups that represent a specific waterway. Affiliates can utilize Waterkeeper Alliance’s benefits to strengthen their programs and develop the capacity to become fully licensed, voting Waterkeeper Member Organizations.

How We Support Waterkeeper Groups

Recruit

Waterkeeper Alliance’s Recruiting Department is responsible for expanding membership so that the local fight for clean water becomes a powerful global...

Advocate

Waterkeeper Alliance's Advocacy Department is responsible for championing change and building coalitions to fight pollution and protect watersheds. Through three core...

Train

The Training Department is responsible for setting up each Waterkeeper Organization and Waterkeeper Affiliate for success by providing the tools and resources...

Organize

Waterkeeper Alliance’s Organizing Department is responsible for ensuring the needs of Waterkeeper groups are met, uniting them as a powerful global force and organizing...

Become A Waterkeeper

For more information on how to start a Waterkeeper group in your community, contact Recruiting Director Sharon Khan using this form.

Support the Fight for Clean Water

Donate today to support drinkable, fishable, swimmable water worldwide.

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