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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...

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Waterkeepers Florida Caps First Year With A Slate Of Achievements

  • By: Waterkeepers Florida
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Waterkeepers Florida Caps First Year With A Slate Of Achievements, New Website, And Important Objectives For The 2020 Florida Legislative Session Waterkeepers...

Undermining a Fundamental Law


Since 1970 the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) has been a vital tool for the public to ensure that decisions made by federal agencies that impact...

Old MacDonald Doesn’t Have a Farm Anymore


Your bacon most likely comes from a pig who lived in more crowded conditions than a broke 22-year-old in New York City. The reasons why tell a story that’s...

Plastic Pollution is a Global Problem for Waterways


A new Waterkeeper Alliance project will unite plastic pollution measurement, categorization, and localized prevention strategies at an unprecedented global...

What Keeps Me in the Work

  • By: Ellen Simon
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The Waterkeeper Alliance International Summit in Kenya last November brought together 41 front-line workers from the Waterkeeper movement. They traveled...

Crystal Coast Waterkeeper Tells the “Seismic Truth”

  • By: Julia Widmann
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Crystal Coast Waterkeeper Larry Baldwin believes you deserve to know the truth about seismic testing and offshore drilling. Larry knows how dangerous seismic...

Tell EPA: Stop Bailing Out Big Coal!


Not only is the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposing to allow coal-burning power plants to release more coal ash toxins into our...

Meet Your New Baltimore Harbor Waterkeeper: Alice Volpitta!

  • By: Baltimore Harbor Waterkeeper
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By Marissa Zuckerman, reposted with permission from Blue Water Baltimore. Blue Water Baltimore is pleased to announce that our lead water quality scientist...

Hope for the Nairobi River

  • By: Ellen Simon
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Waterkeepers from 16 countries and four continents gathered in Nairobi in November to learn from each other and presenters including the acting director...

20 Dams Put Peru’s Heritage at Risk


By Ben Webb and Bruno Monteferri with Marañón River Waterkeeper Photos by Ben Webb Help us protect this irreplaceable treasure. Sign up for our email...

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Native American Water Rights

  • By: Guest Contributor
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By Rica Fulton with Upper Green River Network, a Colorado Riverkeeper Affiliate, republished with permission from Holiday River Expeditions. The third...

A Pivotal Year For Clean Water


In 2019 we saw monumental attacks on federal clean water protections. The Trump administration is advancing plans to eliminate Clean Water Act protections...