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


By Bruno Monteferri, the Marañón Waterkeeper Photos by Ben Webb Two dam projects are planned for Peru’s Marañon River, a major tributary to the Amazon....

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...

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Scientists Accept Disney Offer to Discuss Concerns about Lighthouse Point and Call for attention to Climate Change and Marine Protected Area


Scientists and experts with extensive experience with Bahamian marine environments have sent a letter to a top Disney official accepting his offer to discuss...

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...

Insure Our Future Campaign Targets Liberty Mutual, Top Fossil Fuel Insurer


Following the release of the 2019 Insurance, Coal, and Climate Change Scorecard, demonstrators visit Liberty Mutual offices in Boston and Seattle Today,...

Conservationists Intervene in Ludicrous Effort to Dam the Little Colorado River Half a Mile from the Grand Canyon


Today a coalition of conservation organizations sought intervention and opposed preliminary permits for a series of new dams and reservoirs on the Little...

Florida Officials Urged to Set Standards to Protect People, Wildlife From Harmful Algal Blooms


Nine conservation groups sent a letter today urging Florida officials to set water-quality standards for the harmful toxins in algal blooms. The groups...

Waterkeeper Groups Across United States Oppose Rollback of States’ Rights


Proposed revisions to Clean Water Act would hamstring states’ ability to protect their waters Waterkeeper Alliance and 148 Waterkeeper groups today submitted...

Environmental groups sue NYC to enforce Sewage Pollution Right to Know Act


Pace Environmental Litigation Clinic files lawsuit against NYC DEP on behalf of eight national, regional and local organizations to ensure the public is...

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Tell EPA: Let states protect their waterways!


The Trump administration claims to be all about giving states greater freedom and responsibility. However, the administration suddenly sings a very different...

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Trump Administration Rolls Back Protections for Millions of Acres of Wetlands, Waterways


The Trump administration’s Environmental Protection Agency finalized a rule today rolling back protections for millions of acres of wetlands, vernal...

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Our Waterways Aren’t Sewers – Let’s Stop Treating Them That Way


For hundreds of years, our waterways were disposal sites for garbage and human waste, leading to devastating impacts on U.S. waters. The Clean Water Act...

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Last Chance for Lighthouse Point campaign brings mobile billboard to Disney fan event


Nearly 70,000 people have now signed the StopDisney.com petition The Last Chance for Lighthouse Point campaign has brought a mobile billboard to The Walt...

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Tell your Governor – Protect our state’s waters!


The Trump administration is implementing a dangerous effort to eliminate national protections for waters—and communities—across the country. The U.S....

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Stop Disney – Last Chance for Lighthouse Point Campaign Grows and Urges Disney to Respond to Concerns of 40,000+ Supporters


Launched on July 15, the Stop Disney – Last Chance for Lighthouse Point campaign has attracted more than 40,000 supporters in just three weeks. Comments...

Lawsuit Launched to Stop Toxic Algae Bloom Releases From Lake Okeechobee


Conservation groups sued three federal agencies today for failing to address harm to Florida’s endangered species from Lake Okeechobee releases containing...

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Tell Congress to invest in true green infrastructure


The floods that sloshed through the Midwest, Texas, and the Great Plains earlier this month were a reminder that climate change, urban sprawl, and wetland...