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Eastern Europe’s Rivers and Their Advocates Fight for Life

Photos and text by Poudre Waterkeeper Gary Wockner In October of 2018, I had the good fortune to travel to Eastern Europe’s Balkan countries to attend the first ever “European Rivers Summit,” whose main convener was the European NGO, Riverwatch. I also met with and joined the team at “Balkan Rivers Defence” on one of their river ...


Confluir | The growing movement to protect the Marañón River

Many years in the making, we are proud to finally release our film Confluir for free to the public. The film directed by Henry Worobec highlights the growing movement to protect the Marañón River; developing ecotourism and the need for further protection and study for the primary source of the Amazon. Enjoy the next 42 ...


In Florence’s Wake, More South Carolina Dams Fail

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control has confirmed that eleven dams have failed in the state this week in the wake of Hurricane Florence; bringing the total dam failures in the state to more than 80 in just three years. That number may continue to rise as people return to impacted areas ...


Southeast Asia—Doomed by Dams?

Written by Marc Yaggi and Gaby Segal After the devastating collapse on July 23 of the Xe-Pian Xe-Namnoy hydropower installation in Laos’ Attapeu Province, the Lao government announced renewed inspection of hydropower dams and temporarily suspended all new projects to review its “future hydropower development strategy.” To date, the disaster has claimed a reported 36 ...


Coalition Files ‘Notice Of Intent To Sue’ Against Denver Water’s Gross Dam Project

Conservation Coalition Sends ‘Notice Of Intent To Sue’ Alleging Denver Water’s Gross Dam Project Violates Endangered Species Act Yesterday, a coalition of conservation groups warned the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) that Denver Water’s proposed expansion of Gross Dam in Boulder County, Colorado, would violate the U.S. Endangered Species Act. The groups 60-day notice ...


The Devastation of a Dam — Saving Mississippi’s Pearl River

By Abby Braman, Pearl Riverkeeper After the devastating 1979 Pearl River flood, the Army Corps of Engineers was tasked with developing a flood control plan for the city of Jackson, Mississippi. The Comprehensive Levee Plan proposed by the Corps did not receive local support and, beginning in 1996, various real estate development plans were proposed ...


Civil society network in Thailand demands responsibility from Thai investors in hydropower

By Chiang Khong Conservation Group, a Waterkeeper Alliance Affiliate We are representatives from communities affected by Thai investment abroad, a network of river communities, non-governmental organizations, Thai foundations (concerning poor human rights practices of Thai investors abroad), and civil society organizations in ASEAN countries. We are concerned about the lack of responsibility of Thai investors to ...


Help Nepal’s Karnali River Flow

The Karnali River is an ancient stream and the last free-flowing river of Nepal, but the main stem of the Karnali is at risk of losing its cultural, economic, and environmental value due to development. Karnali River Waterkeeper, Nepal River Conservation Trust, and Waterkeeper Alliance are collaborating on a scientific expedition that will provide a framework ...


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Hydropower is NOT Clean Energy: Dams and Reservoirs are Major Drivers of Climate Change

On November 8, 2017, the House of Representatives approved a bill, H.R. 3043, that defines hydropower as a renewable energy source and fast-tracks the licensing of large, taxpayer-funded hydro-projects, claiming that the concentration of licensing power in the hands of one federal agency—the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)—will boost a clean source of energy. Reservoirs ...


Labrador Waterkeeper on “Big Dams, Big Damage” Tour to Highlight Muskrat Falls

As an Oregonian, I’ve long heard epic and heartbreaking stories about Celilo Falls on the Columbia River. Straddling the border of Oregon and Washington State, Celilo Falls was a traditional fishing area for indigenous people, including the Yakama, Umatilla, and the Walla Walla Tribes. Celilo was the oldest continuously inhabited community in North America until ...