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Who Is Waterkeeper: Margarita Diaz, Tijuana Waterkeeper

  • By: Thomas Hynes
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Margarita Diaz grew up near the beach and has always had a connection with water. So it makes sense that the first thing she did when she moved to Tijuana...

Tell EPA to Fully Restore State, Tribal, and Community Rights Under Section 401 of the Clean Water Act

  • By: Thomas Hynes
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The Clean Water Act is the nation’s most effective tool to protect American waterways. An essential component of the Clean Water Act, Section 401, gives...

Support D.C. Statehood!

  • By: Thomas Hynes
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The long overdue Washington, D.C. Admission Act, which passed in the House of Representatives last year, would finally extend Congressional representation...

Who Is Waterkeeper: Laura Reinsborough, Ottawa Riverkeeper

  • By: Thomas Hynes
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The Ottawa River is nearly 800 miles long. For most of its length, it serves as the border between the Canadian provinces of Quebec and Ontario. The river...

New Book From Corban Addison Highlights the CAFO Crisis in North Carolina


Wastelands: The True Story of Farm Country on Trial, the latest book from Corban Addison, documents the horrendous, unjust, and often untold story of how...

AP Coverage of Waterkeeper Drone Tactics


Earlier this month at the Waterkeeper Alliance Global Conference, Upper Potomac Riverkeeper Brent Walls led a drone training sessions for interested Waterkeeper...

Who Is Waterkeeper: Matt O’Malley, San Diego Coastkeeper

  • By: Thomas Hynes
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Matt O’Malley is the San Diego Coastkeeper, though he grew up on the other side of the country in a highly urbanized area of New Jersey. He can remember...

Beach Cleanups in Cabo Pulmo and La Ribera, Baja California Sur, Mexico

  • By: Montserrat Arreola
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Cabo Pulmo Coast Waterkeeper carried out five beach cleanups from October 2021 to March 2022. On October 23rd, we carried out our first cleanup, after...

The Tough Path to Environmental Justice in Colombia

  • By: Liliana Patricia Guerrero Ramirez
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The values that inspire us and guide our actions are: justice, peace, equity and respect for Mother Earth (water, soil, air, wildlife); which, despite...

Congress Must Pass the Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act!

  • By: Thomas Hynes
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The Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act was introduced last year in both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate. This bill represents...

Waterkeeper Alliance and Cyclopure to Test More Than 130 American Waterways for PFAS Contamination

  • By: Thomas Hynes
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The partnership includes a multi-phase, nationwide monitoring initiative to investigate the prevalence of toxic ‘forever chemicals’ and post study...

Who Is Waterkeeper: Jen Lomberk, Matanzas Riverkeeper

  • By: Thomas Hynes
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Jen Lomberk grew up in Florida, a state known for the many out-of-state people who relocate there. She describes herself as a child of the state’s waterways,...

Legal Protests Target Biden’s Plans To Resume Oil, Gas Leasing on Public Lands


Fossil Fuel Expansion Undermines Biden’s Climate Goals, Campaign Promises Climate, conservation and community groups from across the country filed administrative...

Who Is Waterkeeper: Greg Remaud, NY/NJ Baykeeper

  • By: Thomas Hynes
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The NY/NJ Baykeeper is unlike most other Waterkeepers in that it doesn’t protect just one waterway. Rather it protects some of the many waterways that...

A River of Trees: Guarding Louisiana’s Atchafalaya Basin

  • By: Thomas Hynes
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The Atchafalaya Basin in Louisiana is a distributary of the Mississippi River. It contains the biggest wetland swamp and largest continuous wetland forest...

EPA Must Confront Largest Unaddressed Source of Water Pollution

  • By: Thomas Hynes
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Nonpoint source pollution is the largest unaddressed source of water pollution in the country. This type of contamination typically happens when rain and...

Help Ensure All Communities Have Clean Water Act Protections!

  • By: Thomas Hynes
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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing new Financial Capabilities Assessment guidance for establishing a community’s ability to...

Protecting Chile’s South-Central Coast

  • By: Maule Itata Coastkeeper
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Maule Itata Coastkeeper has been a member of Waterkeeper Alliance since 2008. Our watershed is located on the south-central coast of Chile and borders...

Rio Grande Waterkeeper Jen Pelz

Who Is Waterkeeper: Jen Pelz, Rio Grande Waterkeeper

  • By: Thomas Hynes
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As the name suggests, the Rio Grande is a big river. It runs from the San Juan Mountains in Southwestern Colorado, through national parks like Big Bend,...

Help Keep Mercury Out of Our Waters!

  • By: Thomas Hynes
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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing a rule reaffirming that enforcing Mercury and Air Toxic Standards (MATS) from power plants...

Waterkeeper Alliance Responds to the Congressional Spending Bill’s Extension of Polluter Loopholes for Industrial Animal Agriculture


Daniel E. Estrin, General Counsel and Advocacy Director of Waterkeeper Alliance, released the following statement: The omnibus spending bill recently signed...

Otters on the Severn


It is hard to believe that otters are happily swimming in the Severn River, only a few miles upstream of Maryland’s State Capital. Several years ago,...

Keeping an eye on stormwater pollution


By Steve Holt. Originally published by Lake Pend Oreille Waterkeeper, republished with permission. Stormwater is one of the most significant threats to...

Improper Wastewater Treatment in Santa Teresa

  • By: Nicoya Peninsula Waterkeeper
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By Carolina Chavarría Pozuelo, Nicoya Peninsula Waterkeeper Nicoya Peninsula Waterkeeper is based out of Santa Teresa, a small and highly touristic surf...

Celebrating 10 Years of Fighting for the Futaleufú River

  • By: Futaleufú Riverkeeper
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By Lydia Blanchet, Futaleufú Riverkeeper Water Monitoring Program Coordinator A crown jewel of Patagonia, the Futaleufú River flows westward across the...

Support the Farm System Reform Act

  • By: Thomas Hynes
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The Farm System Reform Act was recently introduced by Senator Cory Booker (NJ) and Representative Ro Khanna (CA) into both the U.S. House of Representatives...

Who Is Waterkeeper: Mbacke Seck, Hann Baykeeper

  • By: Thomas Hynes
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Mbacke Seck was a student in 1998 when he and some fellow students noticed a disturbing development at their local beach in Hann Bay in Senegal. The area...

Fully Restore Clean Water Act Protections for All Waters of the United States

  • By: Thomas Hynes
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The Clean Water Act is intended to ensure our waters are safe for swimming, drinking, fishing, and other uses. However, the law cannot achieve these goals...

Who Is Waterkeeper: Bill Lucey, Long Island Soundkeeper

  • By: Thomas Hynes
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Bill Lucey, a Connecticut native, has been the Long Island Soundkeeper since 2017. However, the organization’s inception dates back three decades to...

Tijuana Waterkeeper Works to Improve Some of the Most Contaminated Beaches in the World But They Need Your Help


Tijuana Waterkeeper, a program of Proyecto Fronterizo de Educación Ambiental, has been around for quite some time. What started as beach cleanups has...