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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 South

  • By: Montserrat Arreola
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We carried out five beach cleanups from October 2021 to March 2022, after a good, long time of being in pause for the pandemic. On our first day back,...

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...

Improper Wastewater Treatment in Santa Teresa

  • By: Nicoya Peninsula Waterkeeper
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By Carolina Chavarría Pozuelo, Nicoya Peninsula Waterkeeper Nicoya Peninsula Waterkeeper is based out of Santa Teresa, a small and highly touristic surf...

Celebrating 10 Years of Fighting for the Futaleufú River

  • By: Futaleufú Riverkeeper
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By Lydia Blanchet, Futaleufú Riverkeeper Water Monitoring Program Coordinator A crown jewel of Patagonia, the Futaleufú River flows westward across the...

Support the Farm System Reform Act

  • By: Thomas Hynes
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The Farm System Reform Act was recently introduced by Senator Cory Booker (NJ) and Representative Ro Khanna (CA) into both the U.S. House of Representatives...

Who Is Waterkeeper: Mbacke Seck, Hann Baykeeper

  • By: Thomas Hynes
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Mbacke Seck was a student in 1998 when he and some fellow students noticed a disturbing development at their local beach in Hann Bay in Senegal. The area...

Mexican Court Urged to Rule for Indigenous Mayan Youth in Constitutional Challenge to Massive Industrial Hog Operation on Yucatán Peninsula


Mexico City, Mexico — Conservation groups, scientists, doctors and public-health experts filed a legal brief today supporting constitutional claims...

Waterkeeper Alliance Receives United Nations Environment Programme Accreditation


Waterkeeper Alliance has received accreditation from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the coordinating body for the United Nations’ regional...

Fully Restore Clean Water Act Protections for All Waters of the United States

  • By: Thomas Hynes
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The Clean Water Act is intended to ensure our waters are safe for swimming, drinking, fishing, and other uses. However, the law cannot achieve these goals...

Who Is Waterkeeper: Bill Lucey, Long Island Soundkeeper

  • By: Thomas Hynes
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Bill Lucey, a Connecticut native, has been the Long Island Soundkeeper since 2017. However, the organization’s inception dates back three decades to...

Legal Petition Calls On Biden to Phase Out Federal Oil, Gas by 2035


More than 360 climate, tribal, religious and conservation groups petitioned the Biden administration today to use its executive authority to phase out...

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