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Cleanups: Opportunities for Policy Solutions

Waterkeepers have made cleanups into an opportunity for face-to-face advocacy on issues such as plastic bag bans and alternative bag fees.  The message: We shouldn’t need cleanups. So even as Waterkeepers around the world mobilize volunteers for cleanups, they’re constantly working to stop pollution before it clogs our rivers. Among the work Waterkeepers are doing ...


lake near forest

Trump Administration Rolls Back Protections for Millions of Acres of Wetlands, Waterways

The Trump administration’s Environmental Protection Agency finalized a rule today rolling back protections for millions of acres of wetlands, vernal pools, and other waterways. The rule opens the door for more pollution and toxic waste dumping in rivers, streams, and wetlands across the country without any study of the effects on endangered wildlife. The weakened ...


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passed in recognition of the fact that we should not be using our waterways as sewers, but incredibly, primarily due to outdated infrastructure, sewage spills still occur regularly around ...


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 ...


Lighthouse Point in The Bahamas. The Last Chance for Lighthouse Point campaign has brought a mobile billboard to The Walt Disney Company’s D23 event this weekend in Anaheim, CA, to draw attention to the growing global opposition to Disney’s current plans to develop a massive cruise ship port at Lighthouse Point (LHP) on the island of  Eleuthera in The Bahamas. 

Last Chance for Lighthouse Point campaign brings mobile billboard to Disney fan event

Nearly 70,000 people have now signed the StopDisney.com petition The Last Chance for Lighthouse Point campaign has brought a mobile billboard to The Walt Disney Company’s D23 event this weekend in Anaheim, CA, to draw attention to the growing global opposition to Disney’s current plans to develop a massive cruise ship port at Lighthouse Point ...


Coho, lamprey, sculpin, crayfish: tiny homegoings on Bush Creek

By Twin Harbors Waterkeeper Lee First Wading softly through the mud of Bush Creek, I netted lampreys, crayfish, snails, beetles, worms, and clams. Every so often, one in our little group of volunteers cheered after netting a Coho salmon fry.  We were helping to rescue small aquatic animals in a temporarily dewatered stream. A new ...


state's waters and basins

Tell your Governor – Protect our state’s waters!

The Trump administration is implementing a dangerous effort to eliminate national protections for waters—and communities—across the country. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is finalizing a new regulation that would remove historically protected rivers, streams, lakes, wetlands, and other waters from protection under the Clean Water Act, a law which gave us the legal framework ...


Coral reefs at Lighthouse Point in The Bahamas, currently threatened by Disney.

Stop Disney – Last Chance for Lighthouse Point Campaign Grows and Urges Disney to Respond to Concerns of 40,000+ Supporters

Launched on July 15, the Stop Disney – Last Chance for Lighthouse Point campaign has attracted more than 40,000 supporters in just three weeks. Comments from supporters reveal that the Stop Disney-Last Chance campaign is bringing together for the first time the thousands of people who have already experienced and treasure Lighthouse Point with millions ...


From Plastic to People

By Alexa Ruscitto, Waterkeeper Alliance intern Most people know that plastics can take thousands of years to break down in the environment. But did you know, plastic also accumulates in the bodies of humans and in the food we eat?  When plastics do degrade through physical forces of nature, such as by wave action in ...


Native Oysters Return to their Namesake Waters: Pearl Harbor

Most people know about the attack on Pearl Harbor, but few know the vibrant natural history of the place Native Hawaiians call Wai Momi (Pearl Waters). Oysters were once abundant in these waters, playing a meaningful part of many ancient Hawaiian chants, songs, and legends.  Sadly, their numbers have declined steadily over the last century.  ...