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sewage pipes draining into waterway

Our Waterways Aren’t Sewers – Let’s Stop Treating Them That Way

For hundreds of years, our waterways were disposal sites for garbage and human waste, leading to devastating impacts on U.S. waters. The Clean Water Act was passed in recognition of the fact that we should not be using our waterways as sewers, but incredibly, primarily due to outdated infrastructure, sewage spills still occur regularly around ...

N.C.’s Poultry Waste Threat Growing by 18.16 Million birds Since Florence

North Carolina’s unregulated poultry industry added enough barns in the year since Hurricane Florence to house at least 18.165 million more birds at a time in four watersheds alone, according to data from North Carolina Waterkeeper groups.   Even before its growth in the last year, North Carolina’s 515.3 million chickens and turkeys produced five million ...

Russian Riverkeeper Don and his daughter.

River Cleanups: “Gateway Drug to Stewardship”

Arranging a cleanup can be the human equivalent of planting saplings, or seeding an oyster bed, helping Waterkeepers grow a base of dedicated activists. As Waterkeepers around the world prepare for September’s Cleanup month, we spoke with some about the advocacy work they’ve woven into cleanups, as well as the lasting changes they’ve seen in ...