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Protestors in DC holding signs that read "Misuse of state funds" and TIREd of the lies"

Local Clean Water Wins from the November 2020 Election


Clean water was *literally* on the ballot on November 3 for many counties and states across the United States. Local and state ballot initiatives asked...

A house boat on Dongting Lake.

Life on a Boat on Dongting Lake


By Katherine Olson, Communications Associate with Waterkeepers China Many environmental organizations know the importance of getting youth engaged with...

A small river, the headwaters or source waters to many downstream waterways, with many rocks peeking out of the water. The river bank is full of roots from large trees that have green leaves showered with sunlight.

Protecting the Great Lakes at the Source


By Jill Jedlicka, Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper The source, or headwaters, of a river or stream is the critical building block of waterways that influence...

Waterkeeper Alliance Responds to Biden Victory


Marc Yaggi, Executive Director of Waterkeeper Alliance, a global movement uniting more than 350 Waterkeeper groups around the world focusing citizen action...

A finless porpoise looks up from the water.

Searching for the world’s only freshwater porpoise


By Katherine Olson, Communications Associate with Waterkeepers China As the motorboat skims across the surface, Dongting Lake lake stretches infinitely...

Environmentalists Seek Timeline for Disney’s Lighthouse Point Environmental Assessment


On October 27, 2020, the Last Chance for Lighthouse Point Campaign released a letter to the Bahamian Minister of the Environment and Housing and Dr. Penning,...

A dredge vessel crawler in the ocean performing seabed mining.

Why you should care about seabed mining


By Lee First, Twin Harbors Waterkeeper. Originally published by Twin Harbors Waterkeeper. “What are we sacrificing by looking at the deep sea with dollar...

Protecting the Clean Water Act is more important than ever


By Marc Yaggi, executive director of Waterkeeper Alliance. Originally published in The Hill. This month in 1972, President Nixon vetoed the bipartisan...

Proposal Filed With Federal Court to Ensure U.S. Army Corps Addresses Harm to Endangered Species From Toxic Lake Okeechobee Discharges


Algal Blooms Triggered by Releases Harm Wildlife, Coastal Communities Conservation groups filed a proposal in federal court today to ensure that the U.S....

A Win for the Marañón River? Enel asks Peruvian Government to terminate dam contract


Future of Critical Amazon River Tributary Still in Danger A global energy company with a concession to build a dam on the Marañón River, a major tributary...

A win for the Marañón? Energy company moves to terminate dam contract, but what will the Peruvian government do?


One of the companies with a concession to build a mega dam on the Marañón River, the main hydrological source of the Amazon, has formally asked the Peruvian...

New Life for Hann Bay


Senegal’s Hann Bay was once a sparkling jewel with white sand beaches that ran from the industrial port of Dakar about eight miles to the outskirts of...

Newly Released Video Shows Tranquil Villages That Would be Flooded if Marañón Dams are Built


Marañón Waterkeeper and Waterkeeper Alliance released a video that takes viewers to tranquil villages on the floor of Peru’s remote Marañón Canyon,...

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Environmentalists Urge Prime Government of The Bahamas to Consider Fully their Revised Draft 2020 EIA Regulations


On October 9th, Waterkeepers Bahamas, reEarth, BREEF, Save the Bays, and Waterkeeper Alliance sent an open letter to Prime Minister Minnis requesting that...

Georgia Waterkeepers Ask Citizens to “Vote Yes on Amendment 1”


By Julia Widmann, Waterkeeper Alliance Organizer, Gulf and South Atlantic Regions Photos by Joe Cook Waterkeepers in Georgia are asking Georgia citizens...

I voted stickers for voters

Super voters, assemble! It’s up to all of us to participate in our democracy.


You have it in your power to increase voter turnout. And you can do it just by having conversations with people you already know.  Start by talking to...

River Patrol at Your Fingertips: Exploration that Transcends Time and Space


Written and photographed by Gan River Waterkeeper Translated by Katherine Olson, Waterkeepers China Communications Associate Originally published by the...

Disney Downgraded by Friends of the Earth Due to Proposed Lighthouse Point Project


Every year, Friends of the Earth (FoE), a major American environmental group, issues an environmental report card for all of the major cruise lines. While...

Sign to save the source of the Amazon!


Read in Spanish / Leer en español Planned dams on Peru’s Marañón River, the hydrological source of the Amazon, would flood farms and caves containing...

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...

Conservation Groups Challenge Trump Administration’s Attack on the Power of States and Local Residents to Protect Clean Water


Conservation groups today challenged in federal court a Trump administration rollback of clean water protections that sharply curtails the ability of...

Forest protectors of Tongbai Mountain, the birthplace of the Huai River


By Waterkeepers China Communications Associate Katherine Olson When Yalun, the program director for Upper Huai River Waterkeeper in China, told me we’d...

Lawsuit Challenges Trump Administration’s Suspension of Pollution Monitoring


EPA Failed to Consider Impacts on Imperiled Species Conservation groups sued the Trump administration today over the Environmental Protection Agency’s...

Urgent Action: Put an End to Pebble Mine!


We have one last chance to save Alaska’s Bristol Bay watershed, its world-renowned salmon runs, and its Native communities. Take action today to...

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...

Eagle-Eye View: Innovative applications for river protection


By Dan Liu, Gan River Waterkeeper Gan River Waterkeeper is in constant pursuit of innovation. Traveling 550 miles, the Gan River is the longest river in...

Amazon Waterway: New risks for the river guardians under the pandemic


By Liliana García & Verónica Portugal, Derecho, Ambiente y Recursos Naturales (DAR) Photos by Rolando Mondragón/DAR Deep in the Amazon, the people...

Conservationists Intervene To Oppose New Dam Project Near The Grand Canyon


New hydropower project would harm Little Colorado River and endangered species A coalition of conservation groups filed a motion to intervene today to...

Accenture Announces U.S. Innovation Challenge Winner


University of Virginia team wins with an innovative project to fight plastic pollution in waterways A team of undergraduate students from the University...

New legal analysis: Dams that threaten the source of the Amazon can’t legally be built


The environmental impact assessments for two dams planned on Marañón River, the main tributary to the Amazon, have expired, meaning the dams can no longer...