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North Carolina Riverkeepers Respond to Swine Waste Management General Permit

North Carolina’s Department of Environmental Quality released the state’s Swine Waste Management General Permit today, which governs disposal of the nearly 9.5 billion gallons of hog waste generated each year at the state’s industrial swine operations. Waterkeeper Alliance, Lumber Riverkeeper, Cape Fear Riverkeeper, and Lower Neuse Riverkeeper released the following statements: “The additional transparency and ...


How N.C. Can Handle Swine Waste Better

North Carolina is in the process of revising the permit that governs how 9.5 billion gallons of swine waste are handled at more than 2,000 industrial swine operations around the state. Waterkeeper Alliance and the Southern Environmental Law Center yesterday filed extensive comments with the state about how that waste management could be improved. There’s ...


Jury Finds for Smithfield Neighbors

A jury Wednesday found in favor of the neighbors of a North Carolina industrial hog operation, the fourth case in a row the industry in the state has lost. The operation, in Sampson County, is wholly owned by $15 billion Smithfield Foods. Plaintiffs in the case detailed noxious and sickening odor, “dead boxes” stuffed with ...


We have technology to manage hog waste better. We need to use it

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper’s Hurricane Florence Recovery Recommendations included $75 million to either buy out industrial animal operations in the 500-year floodplain or help them, in the words of the report, “convert to better technology.” The pork industry has been adamant that no such technology exists. But it does. Even after 36 open cesspools ...


Talking equity, diversity, and inclusion with Tualatin Riverkeepers

Tualatin Riverkeepers joined Waterkeeper Alliance in 1995 and has since been a leader in community-based restoration, education, and recreation in western Oregon. We asked them some questions about their progressive organizing and dedication to equity, diversity, and inclusion. Tualatin Riverkeepers does a lot of work on education, restoration, and recreation. What are some highlights of your ...


Tell North Carolina: Clean Up Your Act!

Hurricane Florence left North Carolina awash in hog waste. We have an opportunity this year to take important steps to address our waste problem, which troubles the state under clear skies as well. The state’s nearly 10 million hogs, most of which live on industrial-sized operations, generate roughly 9.5 billion gallons of waste annually. That ...


Patuxent Riverkeeper Fred Tutman talks race and the environment | Part 3 of 3

This month, Waterkeeper Alliance is focused on telling stories about intersectional environmentalism. In this 3-part series, Waterkeeper Alliance Organizer Malaika Elias sat down with Patuxent Riverkeeper Fred Tutman to discuss race and the environment, Environmental Justice, and the Patuxent River. Read part 1 and part 2. Malaika Elias: You wrote an article titled, “Why Green ...


Patuxent Riverkeeper Fred Tutman talks race and the environment | Part 2 of 3

This month, Waterkeeper Alliance is focused on telling stories about intersectional environmentalism. In this 3-part series, Waterkeeper Alliance Organizer Malaika Elias sat down with Patuxent Riverkeeper Fred Tutman to discuss race and the environment, Environmental Justice, and the Patuxent River. Read part 1. Malaika Elias: What does the intersection of race and the environment look ...


Patuxent Riverkeeper Fred Tutman talks race and the environment | Part 1 of 3

This month, Waterkeeper Alliance is focused on telling stories about intersectional environmentalism. In this 3-part series, Waterkeeper Alliance Organizer Malaika Elias sat down with Patuxent Riverkeeper Fred Tutman to discuss race and the environment, Environmental Justice, and the Patuxent River. Read more below. Malaika Elias: Who are you? Tell us a bit more about yourself ...


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Lawmakers trample on property rights

Written by Will Hendrick, staff attorney for Waterkeeper Alliance, and Kemp Burdette, Cape Fear Riverkeeper.  This piece originally appeared in the July 7th edition of the Fayetteville Observer. Last month, the North Carolina General Assembly again voted to prioritize polluters over people when it overrode Governor Cooper’s veto and enacted the NC Farm Act, SB711. ...