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Tell Congress: Put a Stop to Toxic Algae | Dive Into Democracy

Our waterways are being smothered and poisoned by toxic, green slime. All around the U.S., runaway algae growth caused by water pollution is threatening ecosystems, as well as people’s health and livelihood. While algae are often naturally occurring and an important part of many aquatic ecosystems, some pollutants can lead to an eruption of algae ...


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Tell FERC to fix its broken pipeline permitting process! | Dive Into Democracy

Written by Rachel Bauer, Legal Intern In December 2017, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) announced its plan to revisit its permitting policy for natural gas interstate pipelines. The policy was originally developed in 1999 and, with the massive increase of natural gas production through fracking and resulting pipeline construction, it is due time for ...


Stop Jordan Cove: No Fracked Gas Exports from Oregon | Dive Into Democracy

The Pacific Northwest has been coined the Thin Green Line between fossil fuels and a clean energy future thanks to sophisticated and successful grassroots campaigns by residents that put people and the planet before profit. Over the last decade, multiple proposals for coal and oil exports in Washington and Oregon have been thwarted by passionate ...


Alaskan Salmon Is Worth More Than Gold | Dive Into Democracy

By Peter D. Kalicki. Peter received his B.A. from Columbia University and plans to focus on environmental law during law school. He currently serves as an advocacy intern at Waterkeeper Alliance. Photo by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Once again, a massive open-pit copper and gold mine proposal is threatening one of the world’s last ...


Don’t let Congress lock the public out of the courts!

Our Founding Fathers created three branches of government as a system of checks and balances. Waterkeeper Alliance and U.S. Waterkeeper groups often turn to the judicial branch when state or federal agencies make decisions that violate environmental laws. Taking legal action when the government makes decisions that will hurt waterways is a fundamental part of ...


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Tell Us Your Pollution Story

Over the past year and a half, we have seen an unprecedented number of attacks on public protections from both the Trump Administration and some members of Congress. Many of these attempts have been carried out at the behest of two powerful industries: the fossil fuel industry, and industrial agriculture. These industries see rolling back ...


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Relentless in the Pursuit of Poisoning our Waterways | Dive Into Democracy

Nearly a decade ago, Waterkeeper Alliance and our partners won an important legal victory that helps keep pesticides from poisoning our waterways. In National Cotton Council v. EPA, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit found that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) erred when it issued a rule exempting pesticides applied in ...


EPA wants to create a massive Clean Water Act loophole | Dive Into Democracy

Imagine this scenario: a company releases pollutants from a pipe a few feet short of a waterway. The pollutants do not directly discharge into the waterway, but travel a short distance underground before entering the water. This discharge of pollution is not regulated by the Clean Water Act, and therefore the company can legally put ...


EPA needs a leader — not Scott Pruitt | Dive Into Democracy

Today, Waterkeeper Alliance and nearly 100 Waterkeeper Organizations and Affiliates sent a letter to Congress urging lawmakers to take action to remove Scott Pruitt from his position as Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Many are currently focused on Pruitt’s questionable judgment and deregulatory efforts, but there is a much more serious issue ...


Don’t Let CAFOs Hide Their Pollution | Dive Into Democracy

A few weeks ago, the Senate’s Committee on Environment and Public Works held a hearing on the “Agriculture Creates Real Employment (ACRE) Act” (S. 2663). Some members of Congress want to give concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) more free passes to pollute. These industrial-scale facilities create massive amounts of animal waste, which, if improperly managed, ...