Waterkeeper Alliance

Magazine: Volume 15, Issue 1

Waterkeeper Warriors | 20th Anniversary Issue, Part 1 of 2

Waterkeeper Magazine puts readers on the front lines of the planetary environmental crisis. To celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Waterkeeper Alliance, we’re showcasing 20 Waterkeeper Warriors over two issues. These amazing women and men are at the heart of a global movement of more than 300 Waterkeeper groups who have dedicated their lives to protecting clean water and irreplaceable water sources for nearly a billion people on six continents.

Letter from the President, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.

My impossible choice: 20 years, 20 Waterkeepers. Deciding on 20 Waterkeepers to highlight for our 20th anniversary was a daunting task. How could we pick just 20? After all, every Waterkeeper is a warrior and a hero. The Waterkeeper movement began when a gritty band of blue-collar fishermen mobilized on the Hudson River to reclaim ...


Native Son | Fred Tutman, Patuxent Riverkeeper

Fred Tutman returned to his “home river” to fight environmental and social injustice. By Tom Quinn. Photos by ©Nigel Parry, courtesy of Culture Trip. The Patuxent River is a tributary of the Chesapeake Bay and the largest and longest river entirely within Maryland. Its 900-square-mile watershed is also the largest completely within the state, extending ...


Mobile’s Steel Magnolia Turns Red to Green | Casi Callaway, Mobile Baykeeper

“You go big or go home. We went big.” By Ellen Simon. Photos by ©Andy Levin, courtesy of Culture Trip. 用中文阅读 / Read in Chinese Casi Callaway couldn’t have told you what day of the week it was — Sunday, Thursday, it didn’t really matter — but she knew what number day of the Deepwater ...


Tomorrow is Today | Hao Xin, Qiantang River Waterkeeper

Hao Xin is using grassroots activism to forge innovative solutions to securing the future of China’s water resources. By Eugene K. Chow. Photos by ©Marc Ressang, courtesy of Culture Trip. Though the waters of the majestic Qiantang River now flow clearer than they have in decades, every time Hao Xin gazes upon them, he cannot ...


The Death & Life of Tar Creek | Rebecca Jim, Tar Creekkeeper

At one of America’s worst Superfund sites, Rebecca Jim keeps the faith. By Robin Meadows. Photos by ©Ian Maule, courtesy of Culture Trip. Tar Creek springs from the ground in southeast Kansas, and then meanders through gently rolling farmland and tallgrass prairie. It’s beautiful here. On a bright January day, the creek reflects the blue ...


Her Way of Life | Liliana Guerrero, Bocas de Ceniza Waterkeeper

Colombia’s magnificent Magdalena River has found its fiercest advocate and defender in Liliana Geurrero. By Andres Bermudez. Photos by ©Stephen Ferry, courtesy of Culture Trip. Liliana Guerrero is in a hurry as she navigates the busy streets of Barranquilla, Colombia, in her gray Renault. In fact, she always seems to be in a rush, accompanied ...


Missionary for Chile’s Wild Central Coast | Rodrigo de la O, Maule Itata Coastkeeper

Oversized coffins, massive rallies, big wins. By Rocío Muñoz. Photos by ©Tamara Merino, courtesy of Culture Trip. At 3:34 a.m. on Feb. 27, 2010, a magnitude-8.8 earthquake struck Chile. The quake was so powerful that, according to NASA, it shifted the earth’s axis and shortened the day by more than a microsecond. Afterward, Global Positioning ...


The Doc of the Bay | Sejal Choksi-Chugh, San Francisco Baykeeper

Sejal Choksi-Chugh is leading the fight to restore San Francisco Bay to health. By Robin Meadows. Photos by ©Chloe Aftel, courtesy of Culture Trip. 用中文阅读 / Read in Chinese San Francisco Bay is part of the largest estuary on the west coast of the Americas, with headwaters that tumble from the Sierra Nevada Mountains, swell ...


Enlightened, Green, and Fearless | Senglong Youk, Tonle Sap Lake Waterkeeper

Long a Buddhist monk, now a Waterkeeper, he’s the champion of millions of Cambodia’s poorest citizens. By Lauren Evans. Photos by ©Erika Pineros, courtesy of Culture Trip. Cambodia is a country whose very origins are connected to water — specifically, the Tonle Sap Lake, along whose banks Khmer civilization sprang. The sprawling temple complex of ...


Louisiana Purpose | Dean Wilson, Atchafalaya Basinkeeper

On his way to the Amazon, Dean Wilson stopped in Louisiana’s Atchafalaya Basin. He never left and has devoted his life to saving it. By Michael Quinn. Photos by ©Andy Levin, courtesy of Culture Trip. The Atchafalaya Basin is many things: natural floodplain for the Mississippi River, the most vast wetland of swamps and bayous ...


Battling for Bangladesh’s Waters and its People | Sharif Jamil, Buriganga Riverkeeper

Sharif Jamil leads with “a level of irrational fearlessness that comes from doing the right thing.” By Ellen Simon. Photos by ©Farhad Rahman, courtesy of Culture Trip. When the water reeked and the villagers had armed to destroy the fish-food factory that was fouling their canal and making their cattle sick, someone thought to call ...


Culture Trip Presents: Waterkeeper Warriors Across the World

Culture Trip is a travel site and app that celebrates what’s special and unique about places, people, and cultures across the globe. With an international network of locally based writers, filmmakers, photographers, and illustrators, they publish stories and videos designed to inspire people to fall in love with the world around them – and provide ...