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Stand up for Colorado Waters

By Boulder Waterkeeper Ted Ross Colorado is one of two headwater states in the United States where all the flowing fresh water originates as precipitation. Creeks, streams, and rivers leave the state, but none flow into it. The headwaters of Boulder Creek can be found under the glaciers on the Continental Divide, at over 12,000 ...


Act Now to Save Montana’s Big Hole

The Big Hole is movie beautiful, running 155 miles from headwaters in Southwest Montana’s Beaverhead Range down the verdant Big Hole Valley, tumbling through hayfields, ranches, and wild lands along the way. It’s a river with a following: Spring and summer bring anglers who revisit its riffles and pools to choose the right fly and ...


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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 ...


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 ...


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Utilities Admit Coal Plants in 22 States are Violating Federal and State Pollution Standards by Leaking Toxic Chemicals into Groundwater

Conservation Groups Seek a Court Order to Stop New Trump Rule from Delaying Closure of Leaking Toxic Coal Ash Dumps Numerous utilities have just disclosed that toxic waste from 67 coal-fired power plants have led to harmful amounts of chemicals in nearby groundwater in excess of state and/or federal standards in Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Florida, ...


Waterkeeper Cleanup Clears Nearly 100k Pounds of Trash from U.S. Waterways

In September, we asked Waterkeeper Organizations and Affiliates across the United States to participate in a collective cleanup push. Many Waterkeeper groups use September as a prime time for an end-of-the-season cleanup, as a last chance to clear our waterways of trash and debris while everyone is still enjoying good weather and the great outdoors. ...


Tackling E. Coli: Lessons from North Carolina

Waterkeeper groups throughout North Carolina completed a blitz of water sampling this fall, drawing samples in watersheds from the mountains to the coast. Their results illustrate two things: Why the state needs a freshwater standard for E. coli, a dangerous bacteria that can cause life-threatening disease — and the good work a strong Department of ...


Protecting the Mighty Mekong

With a length of 2,703 miles, the mighty Mekong River originates in the Tibetan Plateau and flows through 6 countries in Asia—China, Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam—before it reaches the South China Sea. The Mekong is the world’s twelfth longest river and the seventh longest in Asia, providing food, water, recreation, and transportation for ...


Florence Flooded Poultry Operations with 1.8 Million Birds

NEW BERN, N.C. – The heavy rains and high waters after Hurricane Florence flooded 35 industrial poultry operations in North Carolina housing an estimated 1.8 million birds, according to a new investigation by Waterkeeper Alliance and the Environmental Working Group. The state estimates it spent $11 million disposing of dead poultry following the hurricane. The ...


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 ...