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Act Now for Factory Farm Reform


From sick workers in slaughterhouses to empty shelves at grocery stores, the coronavirus pandemic further exposed a food system in crisis. We deserve farm...

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...

Hogs in a CAFO by the Federal District Court for Eastern NC.

Asthma, flies, and the stench; what hog operations do to Eastern North Carolinians


Neighbors of industrial swine operations have repeatedly — and successfully — made the case that the stench, flies, and day-and-night rumbling of trucks...

Weaving Together a Community Through Sustainable Farming

  • By: Haw Riverkeeper
  • News

By Emily Sutton, Haw Riverkeeper The way Isaiah Allen tells the story, the man at The Eddy’s bar had a deep farmer’s tan, sweat dried around his collar,...

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...

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...

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...

A Chilling Message: Keep Away from Water’s Edge


By Brian Fannon, Yadkin Riverkeeper The message from local officials about a pond near Lake Norman last summer was chilling: “Keep away from the water’s...

UPDATE: Exposing Fields of Filth: Factory Farms Disproportionately Threaten Black, Latino, and Native American North Carolinians


By Sarah Graddy, EWG Communications Director; Ellen Simon, Waterkeeper Alliance Advocacy Writer; and Soren Rundquist, EWG Director of Spatial Analysis1...

Climate change protestors

Sign the petition: Support the Climate Action Plan


We can’t wait another second to address climate change! Climate change is the largest and most imminent global threat facing us today. And yet, Trump...

In it for the Long Haul: Saluting Waterkeeper Heroes


In a world where so much seems to be measured in dollars and cents, (or Euros or Kenyan Shillings or Peruvian Sols), we quantify our work differently. ...

What’s in your water: check before you swim


By Will Hendrick, Waterkeeper Alliance senior attorney and manager, and Gray Jernigan, Green Riverkeeper. Photos by MountainTrue. What’s in the water...

Pipeline protest by Shenandoah Riverkeeper

Atlantic Coast Pipeline Cancelled After Years of Activism, Waterkeepers React to the Win


By Julia Widmann and Malaika Elias, organizers at Waterkeeper Alliance In an unexpected series of pipeline-related wins for communities of color and environmental...

Angels in the Courtroom


To celebrate the first anniversary of its historic legal victory against a tannery operation that had been illegally dumping its sludge in nearby farmlands,...

The Yarra: A Journey Towards Ecological Restoration


By Andrew Kelly, Yarra Riverkeeper A federal grant was recently awarded to the Yarra Riverkeeper Association to begin the process of rewilding the Yarra...

Alberta Tar Sands operation from above.

Demand Insurance Giants Stop Underwriting the Trans Mountain Pipeline


You have an important opportunity to stand for climate action, while defending clean water and Indigenous rights: Join us in demanding that insurance giants...

“Biogas” Won’t Lead to a Cleaner, Greener North Carolina


By Kemp Burdette, the Cape Fear Riverkeeper at Cape Fear River Watch Smithfield Foods, a $15 billion company, has a plan to profit from hog waste. That...

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...

Waterkeepers in Alabama Fight for Virtual Coal Ash Hearings During Pandemic


Last week, Mobile Baykeeper, Coosa Riverkeeper, Black Warrior Riverkeeper, and several partners in Alabama swiftly jumped into action to protect the health...

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...

Lily Chee

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....

The River That Made Seattle

  • By: Bart Mihailovich
  • News

“Cummings brings the river and its history to life… A must-read for anyone who wants to know the story flowing through Seattle.”  –...

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...

Leviathan Dreams

  • By: Boulder Waterkeeper
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By Ted Ross, Boulder Waterkeeper As we all emerge from the anxiety of the coronavirus quarantine it is time to consider how our world might be changing...

Announcing our 2020 Terry Backer Award Winners

  • By: Marc Yaggi
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Terry Backer, the first Long Island Soundkeeper, was — and remains — one of our movement’s most iconic activists: Spirited, determined, charismatic,...

Patuxent Riverkeeper Fred Tutman talks race and the environment | Republished

  • By: Malaika Elias
  • News

As the U.S., once again, grapples with its racist past and present, we’re focusing on what we can do to build a more just and inclusive environmental...