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Tell N.C. to Take Action on Environmental Justice

Everyone should be able to cultivate a garden, open her windows, or join a church picnic on a sunny day.  For the neighbors of North Carolina’s industrial hog operations — who are more likely to be African-American, Native American, or Latino than the rest of the state’s population — these simple pleasures are not always ...


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Stop Senator Inhofe’s Misuse of Military Spending Bill

U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe from Oklahoma is using his position as Chairman of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee and the military funding process to deprive an Oklahoma town and several tribal governments of their right to protect themselves from flooding and toxic pollution.  In a transparent attempt to further special interests, Senator Inhofe snuck ...


Bayou City Waterkeeper Advocates for Flood Planning “Rooted in Equity”

In Houston, residents already feel the climate crisis’ impact. The low-lying city faces threats of sea level rise, storms of increasing strength and frequency, and overuse of underground freshwater is causing the city to sink—a process known as subsidence. These impacts are disproportionately felt by communities of color, immigrants, and generally those with fewer means ...


Hurricane Season: With No Changes on Industrial Farms, N.C.’s Not Ready

Crystal Coast Waterkeeper Larry Baldwin shot the photo below from a small plane over North Carolina on Sept. 17, 2018. Look closely to the right of the truck, and you’ll see a pump from an industrial hog operation that’s piping raw hog waste into floodwaters following Hurricane Florence. It’s a visual example of how $15 ...


Report: James Riverkeeper, Partners, Raise Concerns over Threats from Toxic Floodwaters to Vulnerable Communities

Climate change, Toxic Floodwaters (TFW), and communities of color—what do they all have to do with each other? For the James River Watershed: a dismaying intersection, covered in a recent report highlighting the risk of climate-induced Toxic Floodwaters on communities of color in Virginia. TFW refers to flooding caused by storms or climate-related events that ...


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 ...