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Pipelines for Hog Waste Gas are Dirty Energy


By Jill Howell, Pamlico Tar Riverkeeper, Sound Rivers Our nation is moving away from dangerous pipelines — and it’s a move for the better.  In July,...

Feature image: Aerial shot of an industrial animal operation during Hurricane Matthew.

Protecting, Preserving, and Restoring the Floodplain


By Matthew Starr, Upper Neuse Riverkeeper. Originally published by Sound Rivers. We still have more than a month left in the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season,...

Show your appreciation for environmentally conscious farmers


A lot of folks in North Carolina produce meat. The state ranks second nationally in pork production and is among the nation’s leaders in poultry production....

Georgia Waterkeepers Ask Citizens to “Vote Yes on Amendment 1”


By Julia Widmann, Waterkeeper Alliance Organizer, Gulf and South Atlantic Regions Photos by Joe Cook Waterkeepers in Georgia are asking Georgia citizens...

Weaving Together a Community Through Sustainable Farming


By Emily Sutton, Haw Riverkeeper The way Isaiah Allen tells the story, the man at The Eddy’s bar had a deep farmer’s tan, sweat dried around his collar,...

Two Inches Of Rain Was All It Took


Two inches of rain was all it took to send three million gallons of hog feces and urine coursing from Sampson County’s B&L Farms to Starlins Swamp,...

Yadkin Riverkeeper on the Clean-Water Reasons to Support Sustainable Farms


By Edgar Miller, Executive Director of Yadkin Riverkeeper The early days of the pandemic brought disturbing, hard-to reconcile, news:  On the one hand,...

Hog and Poultry Waste Threat in N.C. Has Gotten Worse Since Hurricane Florence


North Carolina’s industrial meat operations pose a greater environmental threat today than they did when Hurricane Florence hit the state in 2018. And...

A Chilling Message: Keep Away from Water’s Edge


By Brian Fannon, Yadkin Riverkeeper The message from local officials about a pond near Lake Norman last summer was chilling: “Keep away from the water’s...

EWG and Waterkeeper Alliance: Poultry Factory Farms Disproportionately Threaten Black, Native American, and Latino People in North Carolina


113 Million Chickens and Turkeys in Three Eastern Counties Alone The predominantly Black, Native American, and Latino residents of three eastern North...

UPDATE: Exposing Fields of Filth: Factory Farms Disproportionately Threaten Black, Latino, and Native American North Carolinians


By Sarah Graddy, EWG Communications Director; Ellen Simon, Waterkeeper Alliance Advocacy Writer; and Soren Rundquist, EWG Director of Spatial Analysis1...

What’s in your water: check before you swim


By Will Hendrick, Waterkeeper Alliance senior attorney and manager, and Gray Jernigan, Green Riverkeeper. Photos by MountainTrue. What’s in the water...

“Biogas” Won’t Lead to a Cleaner, Greener North Carolina


By Kemp Burdette, the Cape Fear Riverkeeper at Cape Fear River Watch Smithfield Foods, a $15 billion company, has a plan to profit from hog waste. That...

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...

Small Farmers are supporting our communities, let’s return the favor


By Haw Riverkeeper, Emily Sutton. Originally published by Haw River Assembly, republished with permission. Sustainable farmers are not taking days off...

Take Action: Protect Okefenokee Swamp from a Titanium Mine


Today, you can use your voice to help protect a beautiful blackwater swamp in southern Georgia and the surrounding community from the risk of dangerous...

Thank Congress for standing up to Big Oil!


In late April, sixteen Members of Congress joined together to take a stand against Big Oil and proposed offshore drilling in the waters of The Bahamas,...

Court Allows Slaughterhouse Pollution Lawsuit to Move Forward


The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit ruled on Wednesday that a lawsuit can proceed challenging the Environmental Protection Agency’s failure...

Now’s Our Chance: A Future Free of Fossil Fuels


UPDATE 5/13/2020: This post has been updated to reflect that the “Resources for Workforce Investments, not Drilling (REWIND) Act,” a comprehensive...

Your grocery store may be crowded, but your local farm has plenty of room for you


At a time when grocery shopping may seem daunting, supporting your local farmers by buying directly from their farms, or shopping at farmers markets, can...

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...

Waterkeepers Offer Hope, Diversion, Grocery Pickups

  • By: Ellen Simon
  • News

When pandemic headlines read, “The Sky is Falling,” it seems like an awkward time to remind your supporters of the work you do, and the ways they can...

Active Fights for Free-Flowing Rivers in the Gulf and South Atlantic


On the ground, Waterkeepers have been fighting for free-flowing rivers, dam removals, and restoration solutions that best protect their communities for...

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...

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...

Lake Worth Waterkeeper, Partners, Sue in Response to Massive Clean Water Act Rollback


In case you missed it: Waterkeeper Alliance and eleven U.S. Waterkeeper Organizations, including Lake Worth Waterkeeper, joined last month with several...

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. ...

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 —...

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,...