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Environmental Groups, Local Crawfish Producers Bring Lawsuit to Challenge East Grand Lake Project in the Atchafalaya Basin


Today, a plaintiff group, including Atchafalaya Basinkeeper, the Louisiana Crawfish Producers Association-West, Healthy Gulf, Sierra Club and its Delta...

Waterkeeper Alliance Senior Attorney to Advise EPA on Clean Water Act Improvements for Animal Feeding Operations 


The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has invited Waterkeeper Alliance’s Senior Attorney Kelly Hunter Foster to serve on its new Animal Agriculture...

Coalition Takes Action Against EPA for Failing to Implement Clean Water Act


Today, the Environmental Integrity Project, Waterkeeper Alliance, and Center for Biological Diversity sent the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) a...

Waterkeeper Alliance Applauds the Reinstatement of Environmental Review of Financing of Industrial Animal Agriculture Facilities


Waterkeeper Alliance applauds the actions of The White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) to reverse some of the worst impacts of the previous...

Waterkeeper Alliance Applauds EPA’s Historic New Rules to Protect Communities and Clean Water from Toxic Power Plant Pollution


The Environmental Protection Agency released four groundbreaking rules to address pollution from power plants and protect local communities and waterways...

Earth Day Declaration: Groups Urge Bold Action to Strengthen the Global Plastics Treaty


Today, in honor of Earth Day, a diverse group of 54 organizations from 24 countries across North and South America, Africa, Europe, Asia, and Australia...

Waterkeeper Alliance Applauds New EPA Rule to Hold Major Polluters Accountable For PFAS Contamination


Today, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a groundbreaking new rule to designate two per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) –  perfluorooctanoic...

Final Biden Oil, Gas Rule Offers Fiscal Reforms, Nothing on Climate


Today, the Biden administration’s Bureau of Land Management (the Bureau) released its final oil and gas leasing rule. The rule contains welcome and decades-overdue...

Waterkeeper Alliance Offers New Clean Water Podcast, ‘Equity In Every Drop’


To engage new audiences and generate conversations that lead to action, Waterkeeper Alliance has launched a new podcast, Equity In Every Drop. Compelling...

EPA Proposes to Exclude Most Slaughterhouses and Rendering Plants from Updated Water Pollution Control Rules


Waterkeeper Alliance and other Clean Water Experts Urge EPA to Require Slaughterhouses and Rendering Plants to Comply with Modern Technology Standards...

New York State Supreme Court Rules NYC Department of Environmental Protection Failed to Report Combined Sewer Overflow Discharges


Recent ruling successfully upholds the public notification process and requires the agency to provide a list of all unreported overflows from the past...

Waterkeeper Alliance Global Ambassador Jax Davey Gears Up For Ice Ultramarathon In Effort to Spotlight Clean Water, Climate Threats


Waterkeeper Alliance Global Ambassador Jax Davey is gearing up for an Arctic Ultramarathon in hopes to raise awareness for clean water and environmental...

EPA Proposes Improved Water Pollution Control Standards for Slaughterhouses and Rendering Facilities



Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed new water pollution control standards for slaughterhouses and rendering facilities in response...

Waterkeeper Alliance Launches New Global Ambassador Program, Welcomes US Civil Rights Advocate and UK Social Entrepreneur


Waterkeeper Alliance has launched a new Global Ambassador Program aimed at advancing the organization’s mission to protect the right to clean water in...

Waterkeeper Alliance, Waterkeeper Groups React to Final COP28 Deal, Call on World Leaders to Support a Proposed Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty


In response to the historic climate deal struck at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP28) today in...

Vulnerable Fishing Communities From Across the World Deliver Declaration to United Nations to End Offshore Oil & Gas Expansion 


A Complete Phase Out is the Only Credible Pathway to Limit Climate Change to 1.5º C and to Uphold the Human Rights of Coastal and Fishing Communities...

Waterkeeper Alliance Calls on Insurance Industry to Support 1.5°C  Climate Targets


Today, the Insure Our Future campaign released its seventh annual scorecard on insurance, fossil fuels, and the climate emergency. The report was co-published...

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Waterkeeper Alliance Applauds Reintroduction of the Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act


Today, Waterkeeper Alliance applauded Representative Jared Huffman (CA) and Senator Jeff Merkley (OR) for reintroducing the Break Free From Plastic Pollution...

Waterkeeper Alliance Urges Lawmakers to Drop Loophole From Clean Water Act of 2023


A Provision Included in the Proposed Legislation Would Allow Future Administrations to Exclude Waters from Federal Protections On October 18th, the 51st...

FERC Approves GTN Xpress Despite Opposition from Communities, Tribes, U.S. Senators, West Coast Governors


Grassroots Opposition Groups Vow to Challenge FERC’s Decision Which Comes in the Wake of Two Recent Major TC Energy Pipeline Failures Local and national...

Waterkeeper Alliance Appoints Strategic Water Sustainability Advisor Bill Malarkey to President’s Council



Waterkeeper Alliance is pleased to announce the appointment of Bill Malarkey, Partner at Amane Advisors, to its President’s Council. As the head of North...

Waterkeeper Alliance Responds to the Biden Administration’s Five-Year Plan for Offshore Drilling 


The U.S. Department of the Interior released its National Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program for 2024-2029 (“Five-Year Plan”) today,...

Advocates to Biden: Federal Oil and Gas Rule Must Meet Climate Imperatives 


Eleven western U.S. groups have provided the Bureau of Land Management comments imploring the agency to address the climate crisis in its proposal to update...

EPA Restores Authority to States, Territories, and Tribes under CWA 401 Final Rule


Today, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its final 2023 Clean Water Act (CWA) Section 401 Water Quality Certification Improvement Rule,...

The Green River below Flaming Gorge Dam. Taken July 4, 2021. Credit Lisa Winters, Grand Canyon Trust.

Estonian Oil Shale Giant Abandons Federal Oil Shale Lease, Loses Colorado River Basin Water Deal


Estonian state-owned oil shale company Enefit American Oil is abandoning its lease to mine oil shale on federal public land in northeastern Utah’s Uinta...

Legal Victory Puts Hellbender Back on Track for Endangered Species Protection


In response to a lawsuit filed by five conservation groups, a federal judge found today that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s 2019 denial of Endangered...

Waterkeeper Alliance Calls on Lawmakers to Step Up After EPA Finalizes Weakened WOTUS Rule


Today, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its final Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule following the Supreme Court’s ruling in...

Waterkeeper Alliance Calls on Congress for Safeguards After Supreme Court Delivers Blow to Clean Water Act


Court’s Decision Prioritizes Polluting Industries Over Clean Water and Public Health and Ignores Decades of Legal Precedent, Science, and Clean Water...

Coalition Sues EPA Over Unregulated Water Pollution From Oil Refineries, Plastics Plants, and Other Industries


A coalition of environmental groups, including Waterkeeper Alliance, filed a federal lawsuit today against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)...

Waterkeeper Alliance Delivers Natural Water Systems Declaration to United Nations 


Today, as part of its participation in the 2023 UN Water Conference, Waterkeeper Alliance delivered a declaration on behalf of a global coalition calling...