Waterkeeper Alliance

Magazine: Volume 14, Issue 2

Our Lives Cannot be Measured in Megawatts | Crisis in the Sundarbans (Summer 2018)

Waterkeeper Magazine puts readers on the front lines of the global environmental crisis, where more than 300 Waterkeeper Organizations and Affiliates on six continents are 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.

Let Our Rivers Run Free

A Global Look at How Dams are Destroying our Waterways Letter from the executive director, Marc Yaggi A global look at how dams are destroying our waterways There are many issues affecting the waterways that more than 340 Waterkeeper Organizations patrol and protect in 44 countries. But one issue is so pervasive that it affects rivers ...


Who is Waterkeeper Alliance? | Miami Waterkeeper

over 2.5 million square miles of watersheds 44 countries more than 300 waterways Miami Waterkeeper’s mission is to defend, protect, and preserve South Florida’s watershed through citizen engagement and community action rooted in sound science and research. Through its efforts, it supports a vibrant and resilient coastal community and environment for current and future generations. ...


Ghostbusting in San Francisco Bay

The “Ghost Fleet of Suisun Bay”– the decaying military ships that poisoned the San Francisco Bay ecosystem for 40 years – is finally gone, as a result of legal action brought against the federal government in 2007 by San Francisco Baykeeper, Arc Ecology, and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). Removal of the 57 mothballed ...


The Little Patrol Boat that Changed the World

Hudson Riverkeeper was the world’s first Waterkeeper Organization. Commercial and recreational fishermen founded it as the Hudson River Fishermen’s Association in 1966 in response to massive pollution from several industrial facilities. In 1983, the association hired former commercial fisherman John Cronin as the first full-time Riverkeeper, and launched a 25-foot wooden outboard boat to patrol ...


After 20 Years, Threats Endure, and So Does the Mobile Baykeeper

By Hanlon Walsh, Communications Director, Mobile Baykeeper It has been raining for two days, and the sewers across the city of Mobile, Alabama, have begun to overflow from the torrents, sending thousands of gallons of untreated sewage into creeks and rivers. Casi Callaway, now in her 20th year as the Mobile Baykeeper, has already been ...


Making Waves in Humboldt Bay

By Lesley Adams, Senior Organizer, Western U.S. In late 2017 Humboldt Baykeeper rode a tidal wave of Clean Water Act victories aimed at reducing pollution in California’s second-largest natural estuary, filing four court actions, and winning each time. “The bay emerges from a land where redwoods are logged and marijuana is harvested, contributing to a ...


Ban to Clear Baltimore Harbor of Foam Food Containers

Soon, the only foam in troubled Baltimore Harbor will be sea foam thanks, in large part, to the work of the Baltimore Harbor Waterkeeper program of Blue Water Baltimore. The group and a coalition of other environmental, community, and student organizations, declared victory this spring against the use of expanded polystyrene (EPS) foam containers for ...


Along the Great Nile, Alternatives to Too Much Hydropower

By Sharon Khan, Recruiting Director, and Gabrielle Segal, Office Manager. The Nile, the world’s longest river, is vital to the survival of over 300 million people. Endowed with about one-third of the world’s fresh surface-water, the river has been, for millennia, the life source for grand and storied civilizations in an otherwise arid, almost unlivable ...


Fighting for the “Nation’s River”

By Emily Franc, Vice President, Development/Philanthropy, Potomac Riverkeeper Network George Washington could have built his home anywhere on the Eastern seaboard. He chose the Potomac River, forever identifying it as the “Nation’s River.” Today, the Potomac watershed, home to more than six million people, is at constant risk of damage, pollution, and poisoning. The three ...


People Before Swine Barons

Waterkeeper Alliance’s “Pure Farms, Pure Waters” campaign has long drawn attention to the negative effects of concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) on public health and the environment. Waste mismanagement at these facilities has fouled the air and polluted the water in many communities across the United States. Those effects are acutely felt in North Carolina, ...


Dive into Democracy

In March 2017, Waterkeeper Alliance launched “Dive Into Democracy,” a weekly digital update of the unprecedented attacks by the pro-fossil-fuel Trump administration on U.S. environmental laws and regulations, many of which have been in place since the 1970s. “We envisioned Dive Into Democracy as a way to help readers fight back at a time when ...


Spilling the Truth about Energy Transfer’s Pipelines: 527 Incidents in 16 Years

  Workers at a spill site on the rover pipeline in Stark County, Ohio in April 2017. Photo by Ohio EPA. “Energy Transfer Partners and Sunoco’s existing pipelines have leaked every eleven days on average for sixteen years. In April, Waterkeeper Alliance and Greenpeace USA published a groundbreaking report on the pipeline company Energy Transfer ...


I Am the River, the River Is Me

New Zealand’s Whanganui River is the first river on earth to gain the same legal protections as an individual. The river’s Maori people, who have been fighting for the designation for 150 years, saw it that way all along. By Gary Wockner, Poudre Waterkeeper Rivers are made of water, and water comes from rain, and ...


The Scourge of Salmon Farming

After conquering a corporate energy giant’s plans for a massive coal-fired power plant, Maule Itata Coastkeeper Rodrigo de la O set his sights on the scourge of salmon farming. By Sergio Moncada, Organizer, Latin America After an epic, seven-year struggle that successfully halted the construction of the 750-megawatt, $2 billion Los Robles coal-fired power plant ...


Healing Waters

Six Pennsylvania inmates learn to look at the natural world like a Waterkeeper, and to change their lives in the process. By Carol Parenzan, Middle Susquehanna Riverkeeper The six prisoners stepped uncertainly out of the non-descript white van. They were young men, clad in brown-and-red work clothes and wearing freshly polished military-style boots. They told ...


Picturing the Sundarbans, a Region in Crisis

Photos and text by Lynne Buchanan The Sundarbans (translated from Bengali as “beautiful forest) is a region along the Bay of Bengal in India and Bangladesh that spans thousands of square miles of land and water, and includes the world’s largest contiguous mangrove forest. Recognized by UNESCO for its “Outstanding Universal Value,” its biological diversity and ...