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Peru’s planned dams would displace 1,000 and “decapitate” the Amazon


Photos by Ben Webb Twenty hydroelectric dams are planned for Peru’s Marañón River, the primary tributary to the Amazon; two have been approved. These...

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...

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Three Simple Things You Can Do to #KickOutPlastic


As an environmental organization, we must continue being vocal in the fight against racism, for environmentalism and social justice go hand in hand. Race...

3 Signs of Progress for Rondout Creek


Rondout Creek is a major tributary of the Hudson River, and improving water quality in the creek has been a focus of Hudson Riverkeeper for several years....

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...

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Lawsuit Launched Targeting Trump Administration’s Suspension of Pollution Monitoring


EPA Allows Unchecked Pollution Without Considering Potential Impacts to Imperiled Species Conservation groups today filed a notice of intent to sue the...

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...

Waterkeeper Alliance Responds to Rollback of Clean Water Act Section 401


The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today finalized damaging changes to its state water quality certification regulations under Section 401 of the...

Waterkeeper Groups Achieve Settlement with EPA on Drinking Water Safety


Waterkeeper Alliance, Waterkeepers Chesapeake, and California Coastkeeper Alliance today filed a settlement agreement in federal court with the U.S. Environmental...

Environmental Rollbacks Won’t Revive the Economy


Re: The Trump Administration Is Reversing 100 Environmental Rules. Here’s the Full List, The New York Times When Richard Nixon vetoed the Clean Water...

Creatively Adapting: Waterkeepers Encourage Solo Cleanups


As we settle into this new COVID-19 reality, Waterkeepers across the movement are finding creative ways to engage their communities and create opportunities...

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...

Gathering together for Earth Day, if only online, is more important than ever


When the first Earth Day was celebrated 50 years ago, campuses around the country were erupting in protest over the Vietnam War. Detroit, Newark, Los Angeles,...

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Lawsuit Launched Challenging Feds’ Failure to Fully Assess Harms of Lake Okeechobee Toxic Releases to Protected Sea Turtles, Sawfish


Conservation groups filed a notice today of their intent to sue the Trump administration for failing to acknowledge the harms that toxic releases from...

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...

The Source of the Amazon River at Risk Because of Dam Projects


By Bruno Monteferri, the Marañón Waterkeeper Photos by Ben Webb Help us protect this irreplaceable treasure. Sign up for our email updates today.  Two...

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...

Active Fights for Free-Flowing Rivers in the Gulf and South Atlantic


On the ground, Waterkeepers have been fighting for free-flowing rivers, dam removals, and restoration solutions that best protect their communities for...

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...

Lake Worth Waterkeeper, Partners, Sue in Response to Massive Clean Water Act Rollback


In case you missed it: Waterkeeper Alliance and eleven U.S. Waterkeeper Organizations, including Lake Worth Waterkeeper, joined last month with several...

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...

Lawsuit Launched Over Trump’s Massive Rollback of Clean Water Act Protections


Conservation groups filed a formal notice of intent to sue the Trump administration today for eliminating longstanding Clean Water Act protections for...

Community Water Science: Labors of Love


A huge network of volunteer water quality monitors already exists — including hundreds of Waterkeeper organizations — but their individual efforts...

“Navigable Water Protection Rule” Guarantees Widespread Pollution of our Nation’s Waters


Reversing more than 40 years of progress and settled law, on January 23, 2020, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps announced a new regulation...

Yadkin Riverkeeper Addresses Misinformation on Waters of the United States (WOTUS) Replacement Rule


By Yadkin Riverkeeper. Reposted with permission from Yadkin Riverkeeper. With last week’s release of the new rule changes to the Clean Water Act, there...

Narrow Definition of Waters Covered Under the Clean Water Act Puts All Our Waters at Risk


The Trump administration’s new unscientific, illegal, narrowed definition of waterways protected by the Clean Water Act is a threat to waterways throughout...

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...

Trump Administration Announces Its Most Destructive Attack on the Clean Water Act


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have finalized the Trump administration’s most environmentally destructive...

Plastic Pollution is a Global Problem for Waterways


A new Waterkeeper Alliance project will unite plastic pollution measurement, categorization, and localized prevention strategies at an unprecedented global...