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Cleanups: Opportunities for Policy Solutions

Waterkeepers have made cleanups into an opportunity for face-to-face advocacy on issues such as plastic bag bans and alternative bag fees.  The message: We shouldn’t need cleanups. So even as Waterkeepers around the world mobilize volunteers for cleanups, they’re constantly working to stop pollution before it clogs our rivers. Among the work Waterkeepers are doing ...


Uncommon find: headless duck doll

Cleanup Month: Uncommon Finds

Clean up a river and you may well find messages in bottles, a mannequin head or “almost enough parts to make a whole Honda Civic.” Sometimes, the finds are iconic. Dolls, for instance, don’t age well underwater (check out the headless duck doll to the left).  “Some are almost scary,” said Russian Riverkeeper Don McEnhill. ...


Russian Riverkeeper Don and his daughter.

River Cleanups: “Gateway Drug to Stewardship”

Arranging a cleanup can be the human equivalent of planting saplings, or seeding an oyster bed, helping Waterkeepers grow a base of dedicated activists. As Waterkeepers around the world prepare for September’s Cleanup month, we spoke with some about the advocacy work they’ve woven into cleanups, as well as the lasting changes they’ve seen in ...


Suwannee Riverkeeper Fights to Protect Okefenokee Swamp from Titanium Strip Mine

Three times last week, Suwannee Riverkeeper John S. Quarterman helped gather locals and organizations across Georgia, north Florida, and beyond to voice concerns about a proposed strip mine alongside the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge in Southern Georgia, home to the Okefenokee Swamp. Twin Pines Minerals, LLC (TPM), an Alabama-based mining company, applied for permits from ...


Lighthouse Point in The Bahamas. The Last Chance for Lighthouse Point campaign has brought a mobile billboard to The Walt Disney Company’s D23 event this weekend in Anaheim, CA, to draw attention to the growing global opposition to Disney’s current plans to develop a massive cruise ship port at Lighthouse Point (LHP) on the island of  Eleuthera in The Bahamas. 

Last Chance for Lighthouse Point campaign brings mobile billboard to Disney fan event

Nearly 70,000 people have now signed the StopDisney.com petition The Last Chance for Lighthouse Point campaign has brought a mobile billboard to The Walt Disney Company’s D23 event this weekend in Anaheim, CA, to draw attention to the growing global opposition to Disney’s current plans to develop a massive cruise ship port at Lighthouse Point ...


Oklahoma Floods: A Reminder of How the State Abdicated its Duty to Protect Us

By Earl Hatley, Grand Riverkeeper at Local Environmental Action Demanded (“LEAD Agency”) Widespread flooding in Oklahoma in late May served as a reminder that the state government has shirked its responsibility to protect us from hazardous coal ash. The state last year received permission from EPA to enforce state standards on coal ash storage instead ...


Coral reefs at Lighthouse Point in The Bahamas, currently threatened by Disney.

Stop Disney – Last Chance for Lighthouse Point Campaign Grows and Urges Disney to Respond to Concerns of 40,000+ Supporters

Launched on July 15, the Stop Disney – Last Chance for Lighthouse Point campaign has attracted more than 40,000 supporters in just three weeks. Comments from supporters reveal that the Stop Disney-Last Chance campaign is bringing together for the first time the thousands of people who have already experienced and treasure Lighthouse Point with millions ...


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EPA Is Eroding States’ Authority to Protect Waters from Unchecked Development

By Aaron Zoellick, WKC legal intern. Reposted with permission from Waterkeepers Chesapeake.   You should not dive into a pool before checking if it is filled with water. States should not make a CWA §401 permit granting decision before they have all of the relevant facts. The EPA disagrees. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently ...


Kenya Lake Victoria Waterkeeper Leonard Akwany

Kenya Lake Victoria Waterkeeper Leonard Akwany Honored with 2019 African Ranger Award

Leonard Akwany, the Kenya Lake Victoria Waterkeeper and founder of Ecofinder Kenya, has been honored with the 2019 African Ranger Award. The African Ranger Awards, presented by the Alibaba Foundation and Paradise Foundation, are given annually to rangers in Africa who work to conserve wildlife and combat poaching, habitat loss, and the illegal wildlife trade.  ...


A tree planted along the Betwa River

Planting Trees and Building Pathways to Make the Betwa a River Again

By Tenzing Syelneon, Waterkeeper Alliance volunteer Rajendra Veer Singh Chauhan, the Lower Betwa Riverkeeper, was born in the small village of Ujneri, two kilometers from the river. During his childhood, farmers brought their water buffalos to the river for baths.  He could see a herd of water buffalo, led by a small boy riding the ...