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Protecting the Peruvian Amazon: Indigenous groups fight bad environmental impact assessments

In northern Peru, a proposed massive project to dredge Peru’s four most critical Amazonian rivers, the Marañón, Ucayali, Huallaga, and Amazon, is threatening the health of aquatic ecosystems and the way of life for more than 40,000 indigenous people. The Hidrovía Amazónica has been promised to create a modern waterway to make river transportation faster ...


Salmon Farming Stopped in Yelcho Lake, Patagonia Chile

Nearly 10 months have passed since the community of Chaitén received an alert that fishing cages had been installed in Yelcho Lake with the purpose of reactivating salmon farming in the area. But this story goes back to the year ’91, a year in which the Chilean Government gave maritime concessions to the Norwegian company ...


Investigating Coal Pollution in Puchuncaví, Chile

A study by Waterkeeper Alliance and the Maule Itata Coastkeeper of the area near the AES Ventanas coal-fired power plant in Puchuncaví, Chile found toxic contamination of two drinking water wells. The full report can be read here. A Spanish-language version is available here. The groups also studied a nearby beach, where coal dust is ...


Baja Waterkeepers tackle plastic pollution

There is an astounding amount of plastic in the world’s waterways. Every year, an estimated 5 to 14 tons flow into our oceans from coastal areas. Sunlight, wind, ocean current, and heat shred it into smaller pieces that look like food to marine life. It’s estimated that more than half the world’s sea turtles and ...