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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
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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
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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
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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
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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,...

Lawsuit Launched Over Trump’s Massive Rollback of Clean Water Act Protections


Conservation groups filed a formal notice of intent to sue the Trump administration today for eliminating longstanding Clean Water Act protections for...

Yadkin Riverkeeper Addresses Misinformation on Waters of the United States (WOTUS) Replacement Rule


By Yadkin Riverkeeper. Reposted with permission from Yadkin Riverkeeper. With last week’s release of the new rule changes to the Clean Water Act, there...

Smithfield’s biogas plans won’t solve swine waste pollution problems


North Carolina is jumping in — quickly — and with a blessing from the state utilities agency, to a mass experiment of capturing gas from swine waste...

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Waterkeepers Florida Caps First Year With A Slate Of Achievements

  • By: Waterkeepers Florida
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Waterkeepers Florida Caps First Year With A Slate Of Achievements, New Website, And Important Objectives For The 2020 Florida Legislative Session Waterkeepers...

How Big Poultry in North Carolina Became a Pollution Threat


Chickens used to peck around the farm, but most now live in crowded barns where they never see the light of day—let alone a grub scratched from the dirt. ...

Crystal Coast Waterkeeper Tells the “Seismic Truth”

  • By: Julia Widmann
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Crystal Coast Waterkeeper Larry Baldwin believes you deserve to know the truth about seismic testing and offshore drilling. Larry knows how dangerous seismic...

North Carolina Settlement Results in Largest Coal Ash Cleanup in America


Community Groups, N.C. DEQ and Duke Energy Reach Settlement to Clean Up Coal Ash at Six North Carolina Sites The Southern Environmental Law Center today...