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Who Is Waterkeeper: Margarita Diaz, Tijuana Waterkeeper

  • By: Thomas Hynes
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Margarita Diaz grew up near the beach and has always had a connection with water. So it makes sense that the first thing she did when she moved to Tijuana...

Tell EPA to Fully Restore State, Tribal, and Community Rights Under Section 401 of the Clean Water Act

  • By: Thomas Hynes
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The Clean Water Act is the nation’s most effective tool to protect American waterways. An essential component of the Clean Water Act, Section 401, gives...

Conservation Groups Call for Petroleum Policy Improvements, Better Transparency and Full Accounting of Dispersants Used, Following Exuma Spill


In response to the July 20 oil spill on Great Exuma, a coalition of environmental groups lauded the fast response, but called for improved spill prevention...

Support D.C. Statehood!

  • By: Thomas Hynes
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The long overdue Washington, D.C. Admission Act, which passed in the House of Representatives last year, would finally extend Congressional representation...

Who Is Waterkeeper: Laura Reinsborough, Ottawa Riverkeeper

  • By: Thomas Hynes
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The Ottawa River is nearly 800 miles long. For most of its length, it serves as the border between the Canadian provinces of Quebec and Ontario. The river...

North Carolina’s Biogas Permits Are Woefully Inadequate


More Stringent Monitoring and Compliance Protocols Are Needed Waterkeeper Alliance and Waterkeepers Carolina are severely disappointed with the North...

New Book From Corban Addison Highlights the CAFO Crisis in North Carolina


Wastelands: The True Story of Farm Country on Trial, the latest book from Corban Addison, documents the horrendous, unjust, and often untold story of how...

Waterkeeper Alliance Responds to West Virginia v. EPA


“This ruling is a gift to polluters and will pose a major threat to clean water.” The decision issued today by the U.S. Supreme Court in West...

AP Coverage of Waterkeeper Drone Tactics


Earlier this month at the Waterkeeper Alliance Global Conference, Upper Potomac Riverkeeper Brent Walls led a drone training sessions for interested Waterkeeper...

Lawsuit Challenges Biden’s Resumption of Oil, Gas Leasing on Public Lands


Fossil Fuel Expansion Undermines Biden’s Climate Goals, Campaign Promises Climate and conservation groups filed a lawsuit today challenging the Biden...

Who Is Waterkeeper: Matt O’Malley, San Diego Coastkeeper

  • By: Thomas Hynes
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Matt O’Malley is the San Diego Coastkeeper, though he grew up on the other side of the country in a highly urbanized area of New Jersey. He can remember...

Beach Cleanups in Cabo Pulmo and La Ribera, Baja California Sur, Mexico

  • By: Montserrat Arreola
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Cabo Pulmo Coast Waterkeeper carried out five beach cleanups from October 2021 to March 2022. On October 23rd, we carried out our first cleanup, after...

The Tough Path to Environmental Justice in Colombia

  • By: Liliana Patricia Guerrero Ramirez
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The values that inspire us and guide our actions are: justice, peace, equity and respect for Mother Earth (water, soil, air, wildlife); which, despite...

Clean Water Advocates File SCOTUS Brief to Defend Clean Water Act Protection for Waters of Significant National Importance


Waterkeeper Alliance, San Francisco Baykeeper, Bayou City Waterkeeper, and 47 additional Waterkeeper groups from across the country filed an amicus brief...

Congress Must Pass the Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act!

  • By: Thomas Hynes
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The Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act was introduced last year in both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate. This bill represents...

Waterkeeper Alliance and Cyclopure to Test More Than 130 American Waterways for PFAS Contamination

  • By: Thomas Hynes
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The partnership includes a multi-phase, nationwide monitoring initiative to investigate the prevalence of toxic ‘forever chemicals’ and post study...

Who Is Waterkeeper: Jen Lomberk, Matanzas Riverkeeper

  • By: Thomas Hynes
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Jen Lomberk grew up in Florida, a state known for the many out-of-state people who relocate there. She describes herself as a child of the state’s waterways,...

Legal Protests Target Biden’s Plans To Resume Oil, Gas Leasing on Public Lands


Fossil Fuel Expansion Undermines Biden’s Climate Goals, Campaign Promises Climate, conservation and community groups from across the country filed administrative...

Who Is Waterkeeper: Greg Remaud, NY/NJ Baykeeper

  • By: Thomas Hynes
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The NY/NJ Baykeeper is unlike most other Waterkeepers in that it doesn’t protect just one waterway. Rather it protects some of the many waterways that...

A River of Trees: Guarding Louisiana’s Atchafalaya Basin

  • By: Thomas Hynes
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The Atchafalaya Basin in Louisiana is a distributary of the Mississippi River. It contains the biggest wetland swamp and largest continuous wetland forest...

EPA Must Confront Largest Unaddressed Source of Water Pollution

  • By: Thomas Hynes
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Nonpoint source pollution is the largest unaddressed source of water pollution in the country. This type of contamination typically happens when rain and...

Help Ensure All Communities Have Clean Water Act Protections!

  • By: Thomas Hynes
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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing new Financial Capabilities Assessment guidance for establishing a community’s ability to...

Protecting Chile’s South-Central Coast

  • By: Maule Itata Coastkeeper
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Maule Itata Coastkeeper has been a member of Waterkeeper Alliance since 2008. Our watershed is located on the south-central coast of Chile and borders...

Rio Grande Waterkeeper Jen Pelz

Who Is Waterkeeper: Jen Pelz, Rio Grande Waterkeeper

  • By: Thomas Hynes
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As the name suggests, the Rio Grande is a big river. It runs from the San Juan Mountains in Southwestern Colorado, through national parks like Big Bend,...

Coalition Doubles Down on Call for Oil Drilling Ban Following Recent UN Climate Report


IPCC Scientists declare: We can halve emissions by 2030. Today, the Our Islands Our Future coalition is reaffirming its position with regard to a permanent...

Help Keep Mercury Out of Our Waters!

  • By: Thomas Hynes
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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing a rule reaffirming that enforcing Mercury and Air Toxic Standards (MATS) from power plants...

Waterkeeper Alliance and Sustainable Fashion Label, Blue & Yellow, Announce a Special Partnership


In honor of World Water Day, Blue & Yellow, a sustainable Northern California apparel brand, and Waterkeeper Alliance, a U.S.-based international nonprofit...

Waterkeeper Alliance Responds to the Congressional Spending Bill’s Extension of Polluter Loopholes for Industrial Animal Agriculture


Daniel E. Estrin, General Counsel and Advocacy Director of Waterkeeper Alliance, released the following statement: The omnibus spending bill recently signed...

Otters on the Severn


It is hard to believe that otters are happily swimming in the Severn River, only a few miles upstream of Maryland’s State Capital. Several years ago,...

Keeping an eye on stormwater pollution


By Steve Holt. Originally published by Lake Pend Oreille Waterkeeper, republished with permission. Stormwater is one of the most significant threats to...