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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....

Waterkeepers Offer Hope, Diversion, Grocery Pickups

  • By: Ellen Simon
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When pandemic headlines read, “The Sky is Falling,” it seems like an awkward time to remind your supporters of the work you do, and the ways they can...

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...

For Time Indoors | More Waterkeeper Content!

  • By: Julia Widmann
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Wondering how you can stay in the fight for clean water from indoors?  If you can, consider donating to your local Waterkeeper. Nonprofits depend on events...

Waterkeeper Alliance Responds to Suspension of EPA Enforcement


The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a sweeping “discretionary” suspension of its enforcement of environmental laws Thursday, pegged to...

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...

Waterkeeper Documentaries for Time Indoors

  • By: Julia Widmann
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Wondering how you can stay in the fight for clean water from indoors?  If you can, consider donating to your local Waterkeeper. Nonprofits depend on events...

Our Work Continues

  • By: Ellen Simon
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In the face of the global coronavirus pandemic, Waterkeeper Alliance is making plans to continue our important mission-driven work, strengthening and supporting...

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...

Roger at the lagoon and beach in Todos Santos

Roger Herrera Tapia is Keeping the Watershed Clean in Todos Santos

  • By: Gary Wockner
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During my visit to Todos Santos in January of 2020, Roger Herrera Tapia was always smiling. It’s a miracle that he’s always smiling due to the amazing...

A fire that lit up the world

  • By: Yarra Riverkeeper
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By Andrew Kelly, Yarra Riverkeeper Australia is in the midst of a devastating summer of bushfires, which followed years of record-breaking heat and drought....

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...

The Chehalis at a Crossroads: Plans for a Flood Control Dam Threaten the Headwaters

  • By: Twin Harbors Waterkeeper
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Story and photos by Lee First with Twin Harbors Waterkeeper The era of dam building is over. In the past 30 years, 1275 dams have been torn down, according...

Gas from hog waste isn’t clean energy


The “fix” $15 billion Smithfield Foods is proposing for its hog waste pollution problem — turning hog waste into biogas — isn’t a fix at all. ...

Taking on River Encroachers in India

  • By: Ellen Simon
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Update: Mid Upper Yamuna Waterkeeper notched a victory in this fight on March 5, when a court halted construction on encroached sites until demarcation...

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...

Tell NC’s Environmental Justice and Equity Advisory Board: Waste from Industrial Pork and Poultry Hurts People


The nearly 10 billion gallons of waste hogs in North Carolina produce each year taints our clean water, stinks up our fresh air, and hurts our people —...

A Courtroom Win for Qiantang River Waterkeeper

  • By: Min Zheng
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When China’s environmental laws changed in 2015, allowing nongovernmental organizations to sue polluters on behalf of citizens, Qiantang River Waterkeeper...

Would N.C.’s Hog Operations Treat Neighbors Better if there were McMansions Next Door?


J. Harvie Wilkinson III, a judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, looked at his crowded courtroom, and spoke from the heart. “If...

North Carolina is No. 1 in a Dangerous Pollution Category


North Carolina is the top state in a category that poses a hazard to our soil, our air, and our water. Thanks to the expansion of intensive hog, chicken,...

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...

Waterkeepers Alabama Launches New Website

  • By: Waterkeepers Alabama
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Waterkeepers Alabama, a new coalition of Waterkeeper organizations protecting watersheds across Alabama, has launched its website.  The new website, waterkeepersalabama.org,...

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...

Smithfield’s biogas plans won’t solve swine waste pollution problems


North Carolina is jumping in — quickly — and with a blessing from the state utilities agency, to a mass experiment of capturing gas from swine waste...

On the Front Lines: Voices of Lake Victoria

  • By: Ellen Simon
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Africa’s Lake Victoria, the second-largest freshwater lake in the world after North America’s Lake Superior, is in danger.  Rapid industrialization...

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...

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...

The Humboldt County Public Library’s 2019 Summer Reading Tour offered an end-of-summer tour of Humboldt Bay aboard the historic H/V Madaket for participants and their families.

Making Connections to Humboldt Bay

  • By: Bart Mihailovich
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A credo of Waterkeepers is “clean water for all,” but the reality is it’s hard to meet “all” sometimes. In any given community, barriers exist...