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Plastic waste on a beach wtih the text: Take action against plastics

Support the Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act


The Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act was introduced on March 26 by Senator Jeff Merkley (OR) and Representative Alan Lowenthal (CA) into both the...

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Deadline Looming for Public Comments on Disney’s Controversial Cruise Port in The Bahamas


The Stop Disney – Last Chance for Lighthouse Point Campaign is urging the public in The Bahamas and across the world to submit comments on Disney’s...

Sandy Bihn walks on a rocky beach near the water.

Who is Waterkeeper: Sandy Bihn, Lake Erie Waterkeeper

  • By: Thomas Hynes
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Sandy Bihn has been Lake Erie Waterkeeper since 2004, though she says she has had an inherent love of water her entire life, something that has always...

Waterkeepers across Michigan fight to keep their waters pristine


The state of Michigan is primarily divided into two landmasses: the Lower and Upper Peninsulas. Michigan borders four of the five Great Lakes, and, not...

Milwaukee Riverkeeper is turning the tide on years of industrial pollution


The Milwaukee River Basin covers nearly 900 square miles across seven Wisconsin counties. Its three main rivers — the Milwaukee, the Menomonee, and the...

Aerial view of Lake Erie.

Lake Erie ignited America’s environmental movement, but still suffers from a new wave of pollution

  • By: Thomas Hynes
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Lake Erie is the shallowest and fishiest of the Great Lakes. Nearly a third of the Great Lakes population resides in the Lake Erie watershed — the lake...

Danger Above and Below the Surface: Pollution Threatens Africa’s Explosive Lake Kivu


Lake Kivu sits on the border between Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The lake has a jagged coastline and dozens of islands. Most...

The Great Lakes Need You!


The North American Great Lakes are the most extensive freshwater system on the planet. Their surrounding watersheds and tributary rivers are essential...

Detroit Riverkeeper is Helping Reverse Decades of Unregulated Pollution 


The Detroit River is a crucial strait in the Great Lakes system, connecting Lake Erie with Lake Huron by way of the St. Clair River and Lake St. Clair....

Who Is Waterkeeper: Kathy Phillips, Assateague Coastkeeper

  • By: Thomas Hynes
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Kathy Phillips has been the Assateague Coastkeeper in the coastal watersheds of Maryland and Virginia’s Coastal Bays watershed for going on 14 years....

Water Data Collaborative, a New Program at The Commons


By Erin Hofmann. Originally published by The Commons, republished with permission. The Commons was chartered as an organization built for bringing together...

A blue heron mid-flight over the Okefenokee Swamp.

Help Suwannee Riverkeeper Save Okefenokee Swamp


Today, you can take action to help Suwannee Riverkeeper protect Okefenokee Swamp and the surrounding community in Southern Georgia and northern Florida...

3 Things You Didn’t Know About Water


In honor of World Water Day, we’re shedding light on a few facts about water that put the work of Waterkeepers into perspective.  1) 2.2 billion people...

How to run a farm and be a hero at the same time


By Mariana Cassini. Originally published by Nicoya Peninsula Waterkeeper, reposted with permission. En español a continuación In the Cobano District...

Jordan River Waterkeeper Takes to the Virtual World

  • By: Jordan River Waterkeeper
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By Gidon Bromberg, the Jordan River Waterkeeper – Israel, and Co-founder and 25-year Israeli Director of EcoPeace Middle East Having a boat to navigate,...

Restoring Eroded Farmland through Creative Partnerships

  • By: Haw Riverkeeper
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By Emily Sutton, the Haw Riverkeeper with Haw River Assembly. Reposted with permission from Haw River Assembly.  Controlling Erosion with Mushrooms Saxapahaw,...

Reclaiming the Commons

  • By: Guest Contributor
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Some Thoughts on Rivers, Wildlife, and People By James G. Blaine and Bernard W. Sweeney I. The Tragedy of the Commons “Picture a pasture open to all,”...

In 2020, River Protection Along China’s Beiyun Continued


Photos and text by Ms. Wong, Green Earth Volunteers Green Earth Volunteers, home to Beiyun Waterkeeper, has been dedicated to observing and protecting...

Tell Biden: It’s time to put clean water and a healthy environment front and center


With the Biden administration set to assume power next month, we’re strategizing what the next four years will mean for our movement to protect clean...

Statement Regarding Attempt to Silence Citizen Advocacy in Chile

  • By: Marc Yaggi
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Marc Yaggi, executive director of Waterkeeper Alliance, released the following statement regarding attempts to silence the voice of the environmental defender...

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...

Florescent lab samples under UV light. There are rows and rows of bright green dots surround by shades of blue and purple.

It’s time for NC to make a simple, scientific, change to improve its water quality standards


North Carolina is behind Tennessee, South Carolina, Georgia, and Mississippi in water quality standards By Brandon Jones, Catawba Riverkeeper Gov. Roy...

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...

A pig on a farm looks at the camera, with two more pigs behind it.

This Holiday Season, Buy Locally from Sustainable Farmers


By David Caldwell, Broad Riverkeeper with MountainTrue. Originally published by MountainTrue. Photos by Colfax Creek Farm. As we approach the holiday season,...

Two large piles of brown poultry litter behind two poultry barns at an industrial poultry operation.

It’s long past time NC takes action on pollution from poultry


By Emily Sutton, Haw Riverkeeper The unregulated poultry industry in North Carolina is burgeoning, with the number of chickens and turkeys increasing 17...

Count Every Vote

  • By: Marc Yaggi
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We’re in the midst of an historic election season. As many as 160 million Americans are expected to vote this year; some are predicting voter turnout...

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...

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...

Act Now: Our Toxic Coal Ash Legacy


Coal-fired power plants are by far the single largest contributor of toxic pollutants such as arsenic, cadmium, and lead to waterways across the United...