Waterkeeper Alliance

Magazine: Volume 14, Issue 1

The Alamosa River Returns to Life (Winter 2018)

Waterkeeper Magazine puts readers on the front lines of the global environmental crisis, where the Waterkeeper movement is fighting for our rivers, lakes, coastal waters - and the planet. These are the stories you won’t find anywhere else covered in such depth and uncompromising force.

Letter from the Executive Director, Marc Yaggi: Announcing “Project Osiris”

A 20-Year Plan to Protect and Restore the World’s Waters Pollution, diversion and drought have triggered a global water crisis that will be the central political, cultural and economic feature of our children’s lives. The World Bank predicts that the looming world water cataclysm — already affecting every continent — is the principal challenge to ...


Who Is Waterkeeper Alliance? | Qiantang River Waterkeeper

Qiantang River Waterkeeper was founded by Zhejiang province’s first and largest environmental NGO—Green Zhejiang—as a water protection project. It became an official member of Waterkeeper Alliance in 2010 and was the fourth Waterkeeper in China. The Qiantang River is the largest in southeastern China’s coastal provinces and provides fresh water to the 20 million people ...


Color Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper an Even Deeper Blue

In 2016, Waterkeeper Magazine shared the story of the Buffalo River’s recovery. Entitled “From Rust to Blue,” the article gave a detailed account of the successful efforts of Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper (formerly Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper) to bring the Buffalo River back from the brink of death. Now, Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper has taken this experience and ...


Washington’s Waterkeepers Stop Monster Coal Terminal Dead in Its Tracks

In September, the Washington Department of Ecology denied a fundamental water-quality permit for the proposed Millennium coal-export facility at Longview in southwestern Washington, citing the project’s impacts on climate, air and water. While the coal proponents could appeal the decision, the project exemplifies the dead-end status of coal as a 21st century energy source. Columbia ...


Pearl Riverkeeper Abby Braman’s Trashy Story

Every Waterkeeper has a unique story about what brought him or her to the Waterkeeper movement, but it’s unlikely that any prior to Abby Braman’s started with something so small as a single piece of trash. Like a single drop of water that’s small in itself yet important to something as large as a river, ...


Pay to View Public Records? No, Say North Carolina’s Waterkeepers

James Madison once wrote, “A popular government, without popular information, or the means of acquiring it, is but a prologue to a farce or a tragedy; or, perhaps, both.” Environmental advocates know well the problems that arise from governmental secrecy. Thankfully, in North Carolina, Waterkeeper Alliance recently secured a victory in the continuing struggle for ...


A Broad and Rapid Response to Harvey’s Catastrophic Attack

New Bayou City Waterkeeper Jordan Macha isn’t likely to forget her first day on the job. It was the day in August that Hurricane Harvey’s fury arrived on the Texas coast. As she packed her belongings for the move from Austin to Houston, Jordan was coordinating with colleague Bruce Bodson and Waterkeeper Alliance staff on ...


Victory in Victoria: the Yarra River Protection Act

On September 21st the Yarra River Protection Bill (Wilip-gin Birrarung murron in the language of the Wurundjeri people) passed the Legislative Council, the upper house of the State of Victoria, Australia — unopposed! Victoria is southern-most mainland state in southeast Australia, and the Yarra runs through its capital city, Melbourne. During the last Victorian State ...


Rafael Chambers: a Sad Loss for Waterkeepers and a Lasting Legacy for Ecuador

Rafael Chambers, Guayllabamba Waterkeeper and a beacon of boundless optimism, passed away on September 17, 2017 at age 88, in Quito, Ecuador. He will be painfully missed by his fellow Latin American Waterkeepers and by the entire Waterkeeper movement. Chile’s Maule Itata Coastkeeper, Rodrigo de la O, remembers vividly the first time he met Rafael. ...


Even Near-Pristine Bhutan Needs Waterkeepers

The Kingdom of Bhutan possesses incredible natural resources, such as rushing waters, green-forested land and crisp mountain air. And an ethic of natural-resource stewardship resounds from the royal family to the prime minister to Buddhist monks to citizens across the land. Their constitution requires that at least 65 percent of the country remain forested, and ...


Take Me to the River

By Lesley Adams, Senior Organizer, Western U.S., and Kate Hudson, Advocacy Coordinator, Western U.S. Photos by Jason Houston Read in Chinese/中文版 Inspired by the leadership of Alamosa Riverkeeper Cindy Medina, a community united to bring the Alamosa River back to life. The San Luis Valley and the headwaters of the Alamosa River rest between the ...


Citizens at the Ramparts

By Pete Harrison, former Staff Attorney and U.S. Coal Campaign Coordinator at Waterkeeper Alliance, current Staff Attorney at Earthjustice Landmark Environmental Laws That Empowered the People Are Under Siege. Over the last 45 years, the Clean Water Act, the Clean Air Act and other federal environmental laws have dramatically reduced pollution and improved living conditions across ...


Yes, States CAN Protect Their Waterways From Pipelines

U.S. court rules that state agency has final say on Constitution Pipeline’s threat to water quality. The number of pipeline projects across the United States has skyrocketed over the past ten years, as hydraulic fracturing with horizontal drilling, the process known as fracking, has become a prevalent means of oil and gas extraction. As our ...


Environmental Activism in the Age of Trump

An Interview with Puget Soundkeeper Chris Wilke. Chris Wilke is the Soundkeeper and executive director of Seattle-based Puget Soundkeeper. In this frank interview he talks with Tyee Bridge, a former Fraser Riverkeeper and writer, about what the Trump era means for environmental advocates and all those who care about clean air and water — and ...