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Be the Change

Volume 16 (Summer 2020)

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The Way Forward | Letter from the Executive Director

  • By: Marc Yaggi
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For too long the fight for justice for our planet and the fight for justice for all people have been seen as separate struggles. They are not.

Who is Waterkeeper Alliance? Placencia Lagoon Waterkeeper

  • By: Guest Contributor
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The Placencia Village, where we work, really is a village; it’s connected with a path, almost like a boardwalk. People here know me now, and they...

Puget Soundkeeper Sends Big Plastics Packing

  • By: Chris Wilke
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The Anacortes Oil Refinery sits at the edge of the majestic San Juan Islands, in Washington State along the southern end of the Inside Passage to southeast...

James River Selected as the 2019 Thiess International Riverprize Winner

  • By: Waterkeeper Alliance
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The International River Foundation awarded Virginia’s James River Association the 2019 Theiss International Riverprize, the biggest honor a river...

First Person: Adenike Adeiga, Lagos Lagoon Waterkeeper, Nigeria

  • By: Guest Contributor
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I’m a fisheries biologist, but I’ve shifted much of my focus to human behavior.

People believe that if they’ve been doing something for...

At Last, Giant Duke Energy Must Come Clean

  • By: Waterkeeper Alliance
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It took nearly a decade of work by a broad, dedicated coalition of groups, including several Waterkeepers, but Duke Energy, the nation’s largest power...

First Person: Nabil Musa, Iraq Upper Tigris Waterkeeper

  • By: Guest Contributor
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War here has destroyed lives; it also destroyed so much of our infrastructure — both the infrastructure from nature and from humans.

Kicking Plastic Out of Southeast Waterways

  • By: Waterkeeper Alliance
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Waterkeeper Alliance is proud to be a partner of SweetWater Brewing Company, which has been supporting local Waterkeeper groups tackling clean-water...

One More Reason to Fight Alaska’s Pebble Mine

  • By: Bart Mihailovich
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Bristol Bay is home to the world’s largest salmon fishery, supporting all five species of Pacific salmon and producing about 46 percent of the world’s...

An “Outstanding Win” Against Coal Ash

  • By: Waterkeeper Alliance
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For their work fighting Dominion Energy and stopping the leaking of coal-ash pits into the Potomac and James rivers and neighboring drinking-water wells,...

A River Home for the Homeless

  • By: Russian Riverkeeper
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My love for the Russian River has taken me places I never thought I’d go, like homeless camps.

An estimated 1,148 people live in homeless camps...

Australian Government Hears Yarra River’s Call of the Wild

  • By: Yarra Riverkeeper
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A federal grant of $500,000, Australian, was awarded to the Yarra Riverkeeper Association to begin the process of “rewilding” the Yarra River.

We...

Court Slams Top Polluting Power Plant

  • By: Waterkeeper Alliance
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After months of negotiation, Waterkeeper Alliance, Lower Susquehanna Riverkeeper, and PennEnvironment, represented by the Environmental Integrity Project,...

A Mountain Saved, A People’s Ways Preserved

  • By: Río Mapacho Waterkeeper
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In 2008, the regional government of Cusco in Peru declared its intention to protect many of the most valuable ecosystems in the region by designating...

A Watershed Win for Qiantang River Waterkeeper

  • By: Ellen Simon
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When China’s environmental laws changed in 2015 for the first time in 25 years — promising harsher penalties for polluters, giving regulators greater...

Nurdles All the Way Down

  • By: Guest Contributor
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Diane Wilson and her scrappy crew of volunteer citizen-scientists took on a polluting billion-dollar plastics company and, nurdle by nurdle, won. By...

River of Memory, River of Hope

  • By: Ellen Simon
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Ecopeace’s Israeli, Palestinian, and Jordanian Waterkeepers are proving that working together on water and climate security issues is critical to...

Poison Blooms

  • By: Guest Contributor
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Florida’s waters are at a tipping point as phosphorus and nitrogen pollution and climate change combine to create a perfect storm for the increasingly...