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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...

Protecting the Clean Water Act is more important than ever


By Marc Yaggi, executive director of Waterkeeper Alliance. Originally published in The Hill. This month in 1972, President Nixon vetoed the bipartisan...

Pipelines for Hog Waste Gas are Dirty Energy


By Jill Howell, Pamlico Tar Riverkeeper, Sound Rivers Our nation is moving away from dangerous pipelines — and it’s a move for the better.  In July,...

Feature image: Aerial shot of an industrial animal operation during Hurricane Matthew.

Protecting, Preserving, and Restoring the Floodplain


By Matthew Starr, Upper Neuse Riverkeeper. Originally published by Sound Rivers. We still have more than a month left in the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season,...

Show your appreciation for environmentally conscious farmers


A lot of folks in North Carolina produce meat. The state ranks second nationally in pork production and is among the nation’s leaders in poultry production....

A win for the Marañón? Energy company moves to terminate dam contract, but what will the Peruvian government do?


One of the companies with a concession to build a mega dam on the Marañón River, the main hydrological source of the Amazon, has formally asked the Peruvian...

New Life for Hann Bay


Senegal’s Hann Bay was once a sparkling jewel with white sand beaches that ran from the industrial port of Dakar about eight miles to the outskirts of...