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A Win for the Marañón River? Enel asks Peruvian Government to terminate dam contract


Future of Critical Amazon River Tributary Still in Danger A global energy company with a concession to build a dam on the Marañón River, a major tributary...

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...

Newly Released Video Shows Tranquil Villages That Would be Flooded if Marañón Dams are Built


Marañón Waterkeeper and Waterkeeper Alliance released a video that takes viewers to tranquil villages on the floor of Peru’s remote Marañón Canyon,...

Ratificación del Acuerdo de Escazú y la protección de los ríos amazónicos

  • By: Amazonas Perú Waterkeeper
  • News

Por María Sembrero de Derecho, Ambiente y Recursos Naturales (DAR), Amazonas Perú Waterkeeper Los ríos amazónicos han sufrido terribles impactos, producidos...

The Ratification of the Escazú Agreement and the protection of Amazon rivers

  • By: Amazonas Perú Waterkeeper
  • News

By María Sembrero of Derecho, Ambiente y Recursos Naturales (DAR) — parent organization of Amazonas Perú Waterkeeper The rivers of the Amazon have...

The safety of environmental defenders depends on the Escazú Agreement

  • By: Rafaela Iturralde
  • News

“Last Friday, Roberto Carlos Pacheco Villanueva was assassinated. He and his father, Demetrio Pacheco, had been threatened by illegal miners and invaders...

Waterkeeper Alliance Calls on Latin American, Caribbean Leaders to Ratify Treaty Protecting Environmental Defenders


Read in Spanish / Leer en español Latin America has Become Most Dangerous Place in the World for Environmental Activists In response to an increase in...

Sign to save the source of the Amazon!


Read in Spanish / Leer en español Planned dams on Peru’s Marañón River, the hydrological source of the Amazon, would flood farms and caves containing...

Amazon Waterway: New risks for the river guardians under the pandemic


By Liliana García & Verónica Portugal, Derecho, Ambiente y Recursos Naturales (DAR) Photos by Rolando Mondragón/DAR Deep in the Amazon, the people...

New legal analysis: Dams that threaten the source of the Amazon can’t legally be built


The environmental impact assessments for two dams planned on Marañón River, the main tributary to the Amazon, have expired, meaning the dams can no longer...

Peru’s planned dams would displace 1,000 and “decapitate” the Amazon


Photos by Ben Webb Twenty hydroelectric dams are planned for Peru’s Marañón River, the primary tributary to the Amazon; two have been approved. These...

Waterkeeper Alliance to Appear in The Visionaries Series on PBS


Waterkeeper Alliance will be profiled in the upcoming season of The Visionaries, the award-winning public television series hosted by acclaimed actor Sam...

The people who will save the planet: Waterkeeper Warriors featured on Visionaries

  • By: Tom Quinn
  • News

On the first Earth Day fifty years ago today, April 22, 1970, Pete Seeger sailed the-one-year-old sloop Clearwater to Washington, D.C., with messages of...

The Source of the Amazon River at Risk Because of Dam Projects


By Bruno Monteferri, the Marañón Waterkeeper Photos by Ben Webb Help us protect this irreplaceable treasure. Sign up for our email updates today.  Two...

For Time Indoors | More Waterkeeper Content!

  • By: Julia Widmann
  • News

Wondering how you can stay in the fight for clean water from indoors?  If you can, consider donating to your local Waterkeeper. Nonprofits depend on events...

Waterkeeper Documentaries for Time Indoors

  • By: Julia Widmann
  • News

Wondering how you can stay in the fight for clean water from indoors?  If you can, consider donating to your local Waterkeeper. Nonprofits depend on events...

Our Work Continues

  • By: Ellen Simon
  • News

In the face of the global coronavirus pandemic, Waterkeeper Alliance is making plans to continue our important mission-driven work, strengthening and supporting...

Roger at the lagoon and beach in Todos Santos

Roger Herrera Tapia is Keeping the Watershed Clean in Todos Santos

  • By: Gary Wockner
  • News

During my visit to Todos Santos in January of 2020, Roger Herrera Tapia was always smiling. It’s a miracle that he’s always smiling due to the amazing...

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...

Latin American Waterkeepers Tackle Climate Change

  • By: Rafaela Iturralde
  • News

Leer en español “Climate change is a clear and dire threat to Latin America and the Caribbean. A threat in which the region has had little or no role...

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How the Clean Water War is Won: Waterkeeper Alliance and Culture Trip Introduce “Waterkeeper Warriors”

  • By: Waterkeeper Alliance
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The Waterkeeper Warriors campaign features photography of waterways around the world and the Waterkeepers who defend them, with stories voiced by Alec...

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3 Projects Making Strides in Human Health and Education

  • By: Guest Contributor
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By Georgia Lambrakis, Waterkeeper Alliance intern As we reflect on 20 years of our fight for drinkable, fishable, swimmable water, we celebrate the strides...

9 Projects Preserving and Protecting your Waters

  • By: Guest Contributor
  • News

By Georgia Lambrakis, Waterkeeper Alliance intern Whether it’s crafting policies to protect a waterway or advocating against a destructive development,...

15 Pollution-Prevention Victories

  • By: Ellen Simon
  • News

Waterkeepers defend their waterways against every source of pollution, whether it’s toxic arsenic from a mine, oil that’s mixed into stormwater, or...

Protecting the Peruvian Amazon: Indigenous groups fight bad environmental impact assessments

  • By: Sharon Khan
  • News

In northern Peru, a proposed massive project to dredge Peru’s four most critical Amazonian rivers, the Marañón, Ucayali, Huallaga, and Amazon, is threatening...

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Salmon Farming Stopped in Yelcho Lake, Patagonia Chile

  • By: Futaleufú Riverkeeper
  • News

Nearly 10 months have passed since the community of Chaitén received an alert that fishing cages had been installed in Yelcho Lake with the purpose of...

Earth Day: Our Growing Water Crisis and the Water Warriors Fighting it

  • By: Marc Yaggi
  • News

When millions of people flooded the streets 49 years ago for the first Earth Day, they were making a path, a path that thousands of local activists have...

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20 Years of Clean Water Wins

  • By: Marc Yaggi
  • News

Today, on World Water Day, I can’t help but reflect on the billions of people around the world without access to clean and safe water. But there’s...

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In Awe of the Women of Waterkeeper Alliance

  • By: Guest Contributor
  • News

By April Seymore, Executive Officer of Port Phillip EcoCentre/Port Phillip Baykeeper Feature image: The author (second from left) aboard the SV Pelican...