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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...

Tijuana Waterkeeper Works to Improve Some of the Most Contaminated Beaches in the World But They Need Your Help


Tijuana Waterkeeper, a program of Proyecto Fronterizo de Educación Ambiental, has been around for quite some time. What started as beach cleanups has...

5 Trends in Water for 2022


As we look ahead to a new year, we asked some of our team to forecast what trends and issues they think will impact water in 2022. Here’s what they had...

Promoting Life in the Creeks of Ecuador’s Guayllabamba River


By Patricio Chambers, Guayllabamba Waterkeeper The creeks of the Guayllabamba River in Ecuador constitute its “veins” through which small permanent...

Beating Back the Tide of Nurdle Pollution with Charleston Waterkeeper


A pernicious and increasingly common form of plastic pollution comes by way of the innocuously named nurdles, the lentil-sized “pre-production pellets”...

Marc Yaggi quote reading "Waterkeepers have scientific and technical expertise, as well as unique perspectives and knowledge about regional water issues and associated impacts to their communities and ecosystems, that make them an invaluable resource for EPA."

Waterkeeper Alliance Works to Align Local Waterkeepers with Regional EPA Administrators


As the U.S. celebrates the 49th anniversary of the landmark Clean Water Act (CWA) legislation, Waterkeeper Alliance—a global movement that connects and...

Help Keep Dangerous ‘Forever Chemicals’ Out of Our Water


One of the most dangerous and persistent threats to our nation’s waters is the group of emerging contaminants known as PFAS, or per- and polyfluoroalkyl...

A gas drilling rig for fracking with a sunset in the background.

Objections Target Biden’s Oil Leasing Plan Amid Climate “Code Red”


Conservation groups filed formal objections today to the Biden administration’s plans to offer 734,000 acres of public lands for oil and gas leasing...

Hydropower dam from above.

300 organizations from 69 countries call on governments to not use climate funding for so-called “sustainable” hydropower schemes


300 organizations from 69 countries today launched a Rivers for Climate Global Declaration calling on governments and leaders attending COP26 to protect...

Motion to Protect Amazon Rivers Approved at the World Conservation Congress in Marseille


By Derecho, Ambiente y Recursos Naturales (DAR). Republished with permission. The Members’ Assembly of the International Union for Conservation of...

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,...

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Waterkeeper Alliance Responds to Dire IPCC Report on Climate Crisis


The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report released earlier today brings a dire warning: climate change is accelerating and aggressive...

A river flows through Big Sky Montana

Wealth Before Health: State Regulators Ignoring Big Sky’s Big Pollution Problem


Wealthy Developers Get Categorical Exclusions; Ignoring Cumulative Impacts Polluting Gallatin River Watershed Originally posted by Upper Missouri Waterkeeper....

Plastic water bottles float in water

Plastic Free July: Thinking beyond litter, landfills, and recycling rates


Plastic Free July is a global movement for cleaner streets, oceans, and communities. Waterkeeper Alliance salutes our partners and all those fighting back...

Lawsuit Filed to Overturn Denial of Endangered Species Protection to Eastern Hellbenders


North America’s Largest Salamanders Are Threatened by River Pollution From New York to Missouri A lawsuit filed today by five conservation groups challenges...

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....

A large blue lake with an island in the middle of it and trees in the foreground.

Biden Administration Comes Up Short in Action to Restore National Clean Water Protections


Important Waterways Across the Country Left Unprotected Indefinitely During Administrative Process Citing to the significant environmental degradation...

Nature Always Wins: The Colorado River Basin’s Dam Problem


The fight for clean and free-flowing waterways often runs up against dams. These structures once seemed like great solutions for how to provide power and...

This World Oceans Day, Pledge to #DefendTheDeep


 When the crew of Apollo 17 took their famous photograph of Earth in 1972 on the last crewed lunar mission, what was suddenly and dramatically clear...

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International, American, and Bahamian Environmental Groups Slam Disney for Stifling Public Debate over Controversial Cruise Ship Port in The Bahamas


Waterkeeper Alliance, Friends of the Earth US, and four Bahamian environmental groups — reEarth, BREEF, Save the Bays, and Waterkeepers Bahamas — expressed...

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...

Army Corps Sued for Failure to Protect Waterways, Endangered Wildlife From Pipeline Construction


Nationwide Permit 12 Greenlights Environmental Destruction  Environmental groups filed a lawsuit today against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers over a...

Gross Dam Colorado River

Appeal Filed to Sustain Colorado River Flows and Stop Gross Dam Expansion


Coalition Stays the Course in Fight to Halt Construction of Tallest Dam in Colorado History DENVER – A coalition of conservation groups filed a notice...

Waterkeepers across Michigan fight to keep their waters pristine


The state of Michigan is primarily divided into two landmasses: the Lower and Upper Peninsulas. Michigan borders four of the five Great Lakes, and, not...

Milwaukee Riverkeeper is turning the tide on years of industrial pollution


The Milwaukee River Basin covers nearly 900 square miles across seven Wisconsin counties. Its three main rivers — the Milwaukee, the Menomonee, and the...

Settlement Agreement Reached for Windy Gap Firming Project Litigation


Today, opposing sides in the litigation over the Windy Gap Firming Project (“Project”) reached and signed a settlement agreement that ends the litigation...

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Waterkeeper Alliance and Leading Bahamian Environmental Groups Continue Extended Public Consultations on Disney’s Environmental Impact Assessment for their Controversial Project at Lighthouse Point


Waterkeeper Alliance joins with leading Bahamian environmental groups of the Stop Disney – Last Chance for Lighthouse Point Campaign in their announcement...

Danger Above and Below the Surface: Pollution Threatens Africa’s Explosive Lake Kivu


Lake Kivu sits on the border between Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The lake has a jagged coastline and dozens of islands. Most...

Three people roll large tires away from a riverbank.

Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper Leads Multi-State Great Lake CleanUP Effort with Great Lakes Waterkeepers and Partners


Collaborative, week-long trash removal event to support and protect habitats throughout the Great Lakes Basin    Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper is honored...

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