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Waterkeepers: Protectors, Safeguards, Caretakers of Great Lakes Drinking Water

By Grand Traverse Baykeeper Heather Smith The time to fight for clean and healthy Great Lakes drinking water is now. The mighty Great Lakes. The largest freshwater system on the planet. These lakes represent more than one-fifth of the world’s supply of fresh surface water. The Great Lakes are so sweeping, so magnificent in size ...


Waterkeeper Groups Petition N.C. to Remove “Swamp Waters” Classification from Lower Cape Fear River

Waterkeeper Alliance and Cape Fear River Watch, represented by the Southern Environmental Law Center, petitioned today to remove North Carolina’s “swamp waters” classification from 15 miles of the Lower Cape Fear River flowing past Wilmington. The change would begin a process to reduce upstream pollution in the state’s largest and most industrialized watershed, pollution that ...


Tennessee Riverkeeper Takes on a New Fight: Microplastics

National Geographic recently ran a piece titled “Alarming’ level of microplastics found in a major U.S. river.” The Tennessee River got a lot of publicity from that piece.  According to the research, the Tennessee River has 80 percent more microplastic than China’s Yangtze River. “The Tennessee River is already one of the South’s most polluted rivers, ...


marc yaggi and ecopeace middle east at the jordan river

Hope for a Water-Stressed Middle East

Co-written by Marc Yaggi & Gabrielle Segal A major water crisis is gripping the Middle East. Freshwater resources are dwindling and more frequent droughts are driving landscape changes. Water scarcity and climate change already contribute to conflicts between and within nations, as is the case with Syria. In general, conflicts escalate as resources become more ...


Providing Clean Water in China’s Cancer Villages

Rapid industrialization and scant pollution controls have left China with more than 400 villages where the cancer rate is extraordinarily high. The country even has a name for them: (癌症村), Áizhèng cūn, “Cancer Village.” One cause: Water contamination. Serious water pollution afflicts all seven large river basins in China, but the earliest and most serious ...


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 ...


Suit Filed to Protect Colorado River and Prevent Dam Expansion in Boulder County

Conservation Coalition Seeks to Halt Denver Water’s Moffat Project A coalition of conservation groups filed suit today in federal district court seeking to halt Denver Water’s proposed expansion of Gross Dam in Boulder County and to protect flows in the Colorado River. The groups’ complaint details how federal agencies charged with permitting the project failed ...


‘Red Tide’ Lawsuit Launched After Feds Ignore Wildlife Harms of Lake Okeechobee Discharges

U.S. Army Corps to Extend Algae Bloom-triggering Discharges Through 2025 ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.— Conservation groups today filed a notice of intent to sue three federal agencies for failing to assess harm to Florida’s endangered species before approving the ongoing release of Lake Okeechobee waters polluted with toxic, nutrient-rich agricultural waste. The discharges likely help drive the catastrophic “Red ...


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 ...


Keeping poop out of Casco Bay, one pumpout at a time

Since it was launched in 1995, Friends of Casco Bay’s Vessel Pumpout Program has kept more than 195,000 gallons of raw sewage out of Casco Bay, Maine. Our 23-year old pumpout boat, Wanda, a.k.a. Baykeeper II, has been a workhorse, emptying approximately 6,000 sewage holding tanks and transferring the wastewater to shoreside disposal.    In addition to ...