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Help Ensure All Americans Have Safe Drinking Water

  • By: Thomas Hynes
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Reliably clean and safe drinking water is something most people expect as a given. That trust was earned through protections like those afforded under...

We Must Urgently Restore Clean Water Protections


 In 2020, the Trump administration issued an unprecedented new regulation that dramatically eliminated federal Clean Water Act protections for rivers,...

Support the Environmental Justice Legacy Pollution Cleanup Act

  • By: Thomas Hynes
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The Environmental Justice Legacy Pollution Cleanup Act is proposed legislation from Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Representative A. Donald McEachin (VA-04)....

Restore Section 401 to the Clean Water Act


A controversial 2020 regulation promulgated by the Trump EPA dramatically diminished state and tribal authority under Section 401 of the Clean Water Act....

Plastic waste on a beach wtih the text: Take action against plastics

Support the Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act


The Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act was introduced on March 26 by Senator Jeff Merkley (OR) and Representative Alan Lowenthal (CA) into both the...

Tell Biden: It’s time to put clean water and a healthy environment front and center


With the Biden administration set to assume power next month, we’re strategizing what the next four years will mean for our movement to protect clean...

Count Every Vote

  • By: Marc Yaggi
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We’re in the midst of an historic election season. As many as 160 million Americans are expected to vote this year; some are predicting voter turnout...

Act Now: Our Toxic Coal Ash Legacy


Coal-fired power plants are by far the single largest contributor of toxic pollutants such as arsenic, cadmium, and lead to waterways across the United...

Get Out the Vote: Mobilize Your Friends

  • By: Marc Yaggi
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You’re likely to be someone who votes in every single election, the type of person campaigns call a super voter.  Now is the time to recruit your friends...

Act Now for Factory Farm Reform


From sick workers in slaughterhouses to empty shelves at grocery stores, the coronavirus pandemic further exposed a food system in crisis. We deserve farm...

Just Do It: VOTE


When the right to vote in the United States was first granted in 1776, white male property owners were the only class of people that were eligible. In...

Hungry Horse Hydropower Dam

Funding Hydropower Projects will Not Fight Climate Change


There is a new significant threat to our free flowing rivers and our climate: the promotion of hydropower under the guise that it is clean, renewable energy...

Climate change protestors

Sign the petition: Support the Climate Action Plan


We can’t wait another second to address climate change! Climate change is the largest and most imminent global threat facing us today. And yet, Trump...

Alberta Tar Sands operation from above.

Demand Insurance Giants Stop Underwriting the Trans Mountain Pipeline


You have an important opportunity to stand for climate action, while defending clean water and Indigenous rights: Join us in demanding that insurance giants...

Tell your Members of Congress: Pass a “clean” budget!


As Congress prepares to negotiate budget appropriations amid the COVID-19 pandemic and long overdue demands for racial justice, we must ensure that our...

Sign and send the petition to the U.S. Senate: We must have funding for Vote by Mail


The coronavirus pandemic is deeply impacting our elections, as states move to protect voters’ health during this crisis. We are less than six months...

Tell the Senate: Take action on dangerous “Forever Chemicals”


By Anna Maria Stebbins, Advocacy Legal Intern The Senate has the chance to pass an important bill that would require the United States Environmental Protection...

Take Action: Protect Okefenokee Swamp from a Titanium Mine


Today, you can use your voice to help protect a beautiful blackwater swamp in southern Georgia and the surrounding community from the risk of dangerous...

Thank Congress for standing up to Big Oil!


In late April, sixteen Members of Congress joined together to take a stand against Big Oil and proposed offshore drilling in the waters of The Bahamas,...

Now’s Our Chance: A Future Free of Fossil Fuels


UPDATE 5/13/2020: This post has been updated to reflect that the “Resources for Workforce Investments, not Drilling (REWIND) Act,” a comprehensive...

Tell Congress: Don’t let EPA weaken the Clean Water Act!


By Anna Maria Stebbins, Advocacy Legal Intern Our waterways are in trouble. A new regulation from the United States Environmental Protection Agency will...

Tell EPA: Now is Not the Time to Suspend Enforcement


The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a sweeping “discretionary” suspension of its enforcement of environmental laws on March 26 pegged...

Act now to speak up for nonprofits!


Waterkeepers haul tires out of streams. We work to ensure toxic coal ash doesn’t flood the rivers near your home. We take school children who’ve never...

Tell Congress – It’s High Time to Break Free from Plastic


The world is choking on plastic. We have seen the horrifying images of whales and seabirds dying of starvation with bellies full of plastic. Of sea turtles...

We Can’t Turn Our Backs on the Birds


Whether it’s identifying the birds visiting a feeder outside a window, watching ducks float along a city park pond, or spotting a glimpse of an eagle...

It’s An Election Year — Time to Check Your Voter Registration!

  • By: Ellen Simon
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Waterkeeper Alliance launched Dive Into Democracy in March 2017 to spur public engagement on clean water issues. We’ve used this as a forum to call attention...

Undermining a Fundamental Law


Since 1970 the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) has been a vital tool for the public to ensure that decisions made by federal agencies that impact...

Tell EPA: Stop Bailing Out Big Coal!


Not only is the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposing to allow coal-burning power plants to release more coal ash toxins into our...

A Pivotal Year For Clean Water


In 2019 we saw monumental attacks on federal clean water protections. The Trump administration is advancing plans to eliminate Clean Water Act protections...

No More Coal Ash Toxics in Our Waters!


For decades, coal-fired power plants have profited from being allowed to dump unlimited amounts of toxic coal ash pollutants into our waterways, pushing...