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Clean Water Defense

Our Clean Water Defense campaign is leading the global fight for strong regulations and vigilant enforcement of environmental laws.

Our Clean Water Defense campaign defends and enforces clean water laws, standards and permits, and fights against the ever-growing threats to clean and safe water.

Governments around the world have enacted laws to protect water quality and the communities that depend on clean water. Waterkeeper groups around the world work with those laws to restore and protect the world’s waterways. In the United States, there are local, state and national laws designed to control pollution sources and restore our streams, rivers, lakes, and estuaries to drinkable, fishable and swimmable conditions. Increasingly, however, these laws are being rolled back, or even eliminated, to serve powerful corporate interests. The threats are coming from the President, Congress and even agencies like the Environmental Protection Agency – the sole mission of which is to protect human health and the environment from pollution.

Waterkeeper Alliance’s Clean Water Defense campaign and our international network of Waterkeeper groups:

  • Work with communities to protect and restore waterways around the world
  • Aggressively oppose the weakening or elimination of federal environmental statutes, regulations, enforcement, and funding in the United States and around the world
  • Support clean and free-flowing rivers and waterways

Waterkeeper Alliance believes that strategic partnerships and strong, issue-based coalitions are essential to protecting and restoring waterways around the world. Waterkeeper groups combine a unique set of strengths that make them highly-valued assets in any coalition fighting for clean water: a solid reputation for professionalism and courage; unrivaled expertise in the scientific, policy and legal issues in their watersheds; deep roots in and support from their communities; knowledgeable and skilled attorneys; and diverse partnerships with key organizations and experts in law, engineering, biology, hydrology, policy, and economics.

Learn More:

Watershed Protection

Attacks on Clean Water

Free-Flowing Rivers

Ocean Plastic Recovery Initiative

Environmental Justice

Water Scarcity


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