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Waterkeeper Alliance Opposes Final WOTUS Rule


Marc Yaggi, CEO of Waterkeeper Alliance, released the following statement in response to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s recent release...

LETTER: Waterkeeper Alliance Urges EPA Administrator Regan to Quickly Address Widespread PFAS Contamination


EPA pressed to meaningfully address PFAS crisis after new study found 83% of the waters tested across the country were contaminated by dangerous PFAS chemicals...

New Guidance from EPA will Help States Limit PFAS Pollution at the Source


This week, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a memorandum to states that provides direction on how to use Clean Water Act discharge permits...

EPA’s Newly Proposed Rule to Enhance Reporting of PFAS Data is a Step in the Right Direction


The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed a new rule to close the minimum loophole from using per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). This...

COP27: Groups warn of severe climate and human rights risk of new hydropower dams and schemes


Dams and hydropower schemes create major loss and damage, including producing significant amounts of methane, biodiversity loss, and community displacement....

Waterkeeper Alliance Responds to EPA Strengthening of Proposed Methane Standards


In response to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s announcement that it intends to strengthen its proposed standards to cut methane and other...

Biden Administration Flouts Climate Goals with Inflation Reduction Act’s First Onshore Oil, Gas Lease Sales


The Biden administration is working against U.S. climate goals and failing to protect communities, water and wildlife by auctioning oil and gas leases...

Waterkeeper Alliance and Other Groups Petition EPA to Improve Oversight of Water Pollution from Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations


WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, a nationwide coalition of 51 citizens’ groups and community advocacy, environmental justice, and environmental advocacy...

Unprecedented Analysis Reveals PFAS Contamination in U.S. Waterways Shows Shocking Levels of Contamination


 First-of-its kind study found 83% of the waters tested across the country were contaminated by dangerous PFAS chemicals NEW YORK — Today, Waterkeeper...

Conservation Groups Win Major Appeal in Challenge to Expansion of Colorado’s Gross Dam


On Friday, September 30, the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit handed conservation groups — Save the Colorado, The Environmental Group,...

Legal Agreement Blocks Drilling on 58,000 Acres in Montana, Dakotas Pending New Analysis


Great Falls, MT—Conservation groups and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) yesterday reached a settlement agreement that will prevent new oil and gas...

Conservation Groups Call for Petroleum Policy Improvements, Better Transparency and Full Accounting of Dispersants Used, Following Exuma Spill


In response to the July 20 oil spill on Great Exuma, a coalition of environmental groups lauded the fast response, but called for improved spill prevention...

North Carolina’s Biogas Permits Are Woefully Inadequate


More Stringent Monitoring and Compliance Protocols Are Needed  Waterkeeper Alliance and Waterkeepers Carolina are severely disappointed with the North...

Waterkeeper Alliance Responds to West Virginia v. EPA


“This ruling is a gift to polluters and will pose a major threat to clean water.” The decision issued today by the U.S. Supreme Court in West...

Lawsuit Challenges Biden’s Resumption of Oil, Gas Leasing on Public Lands


Fossil Fuel Expansion Undermines Biden’s Climate Goals, Campaign Promises  Climate and conservation groups filed a lawsuit today challenging the Biden...

Clean Water Advocates File SCOTUS Brief to Defend Clean Water Act Protection for Waters of Significant National Importance


Waterkeeper Alliance, San Francisco Baykeeper, Bayou City Waterkeeper, and 47 additional Waterkeeper groups from across the country filed an amicus brief...

Coalition Doubles Down on Call for Oil Drilling Ban Following Recent UN Climate Report


IPCC Scientists declare: We can halve emissions by 2030. Today, the Our Islands Our Future coalition is reaffirming its position with regard to a permanent...

Waterkeeper Alliance and Sustainable Fashion Label, Blue & Yellow, Announce a Special Partnership


In honor of World Water Day, Blue & Yellow, a sustainable Northern California apparel brand, and Waterkeeper Alliance, a U.S.-based international nonprofit...

Mexican Court Urged to Rule for Indigenous Mayan Youth in Constitutional Challenge to Massive Industrial Hog Operation on Yucatán Peninsula


Mexico City, Mexico — Conservation groups, scientists, doctors and public-health experts filed a legal brief today supporting constitutional claims...

Waterkeeper Alliance Receives United Nations Environment Programme Accreditation


Waterkeeper Alliance has received accreditation from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the coordinating body for the United Nations’ regional...

Legal Petition Calls On Biden to Phase Out Federal Oil, Gas by 2035


More than 360 climate, tribal, religious and conservation groups petitioned the Biden administration today to use its executive authority to phase out...

Water Advocates Call for Government Transparency, Ban on Oil Drilling in Climate-Vulnerable Nations


A renewed call today by the Our Islands Our Future coalition to the Bahamian government for transparency and a permanent ban on oil drilling highlights...

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Law Requires Biden to Cancel February Oil Lease Sale to Prevent Climate Harm


Conservation groups submitted formal comments today urging cancelation of February’s federal oil and gas lease auctions, saying the Biden administration...

FERC releases DEIS for Jordan Cove LNG export in southern Oregon

After Years of Community Organizing, Jordan Cove LNG Export Terminal and Fracked Gas Pipeline Project is Dead


Pembina Announces It Has “Decided Not to Move Forward With the Project” and Asks the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to Cancel Its Permit Pembina,...

250+ Organizations Plea With President Biden to Cancel Unprecedented Oil and Gas Megasale in Gulf of Mexico


As international climate talks continue, a coalition of 267 organizations – including 36 representing Gulf of Mexico communities – delivered...

COP26: UN human rights experts highlight continued human rights impacts of dams


Calls mount for UN climate financing mechanisms to exclude hydropower As negotiators convened at COP26 in Glasgow attempt to break the deadlock on emissions...

Biden Makes Climate Pledge at Glasgow While Pushing Oil, Gas Leasing in U.S.


U.S. climate groups slammed the Biden administration today for ignoring climate impacts and refusing to stop oil and gas leasing on public lands despite...

FERC releases DEIS for Jordan Cove LNG export in southern Oregon

Challengers to Jordan Cove LNG get their day in Federal Court


Oral argument for lawsuit challenging the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s approval of the Jordan Cove LNG export terminal and Pacific Connector...

Marc Yaggi quote reading "Waterkeepers have scientific and technical expertise, as well as unique perspectives and knowledge about regional water issues and associated impacts to their communities and ecosystems, that make them an invaluable resource for EPA."

Waterkeeper Alliance Works to Align Local Waterkeepers with Regional EPA Administrators


As the U.S. celebrates the 49th anniversary of the landmark Clean Water Act (CWA) legislation, Waterkeeper Alliance—a global movement that connects and...

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Objections Target Biden’s Oil Leasing Plan Amid Climate “Code Red”


Conservation groups filed formal objections today to the Biden administration’s plans to offer 734,000 acres of public lands for oil and gas leasing...