About Waterkeeper Alliance

Waterkeeper Alliance is a global environmental movement uniting more than 190 Waterkeeper organizations around the world and focusing citizen advocacy on the issues that affect our waterways, from pollution to climate change.  Our mission is to connect and support Waterkeeper organizations to provide a voice for waterways and their communities worldwide. To champion clean water and strong communities, Waterkeeper Alliance:

  1. Supports and empowers member Waterkeeper organizations to protect communities, ecosystems and water quality.
  2. Promotes the Waterkeeper model for watershed protection worldwide.
  3. Advocates for issues common to Waterkeeper organizations.

Waterkeeper Alliance is a global environmental movement uniting more than 190 Waterkeeper organizations around the world and focusing citizen advocacy on the issues that affect our waterways, from pollution to climate change.

Established in 1999 by Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and the founding Waterkeepers, the organization has grown rapidly over the past decade by championing the protection and restoration of the world’s rivers, lakes, bays and estuaries. With local Waterkeeper organizations on six continents, the Alliance today has the unique ability to confront environmental threats by engaging its grassroots network on a local, regional, or global level.

Waterkeeper Alliance provides a way for communities to stand up for their right to clean water and for the wise and equitable use of water resources, both locally and globally. The vision of the Waterkeeper movement is for fishable, swimmable and drinkable waterways worldwide. Our belief is that the best way to achieve this vision is through the Waterkeeper method of grassroots advocacy.

Today, Waterkeepers patrol nearly 200 waterways, covering more than 100,000 miles of rivers, streams and coastlines in the Americas, Europe, Australia, Asia and Africa. Part scientist, teacher, and legal advocate, Waterkeepers combine firsthand knowledge of their waterways with an unwavering commitment to the rights of their communities and to the rule of law.

Whether on the water, in a classroom, or in a courtroom, Waterkeepers speak for the waters they defend – with the backing of their local community and the collective strength of Waterkeeper Alliance.

Waterkeeper Alliance ensures that the world’s Waterkeepers are as connected to each other as they are to their local waters, organizing the fight for clean water into a coordinated global movement. United as one powerful force, Waterkeeper Alliance fights for the rights of communities everywhere – as the voice for the world’s waters.

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