Waterkeeper Alliance is the international center of a network of Waterkeeper programs with 200 local Waterkeeper Programs and growing. The Spokane Riverkeeper is a proud member of Waterkeeper Alliance. Waterkeeper Alliance and its member organizations around the globe spend each day protecting the waterways upon which all living beings depend. The Alliance approves new Waterkeeper programs, licenses the use of the Waterkeeper names, represents the individual Waterkeepers on issues of international interest, and serves as a meeting place for all the Waterkeepers to exchange information, strategy and know-how. The Waterkeeper program names, such as “Riverkeeper,” “Lakekeeper,” “Baykeeper,” “Coastkeeper” and others, are synonymous with effective citizen action. The effort, both to promote and to protect these names, has been organized and intentional. For more information on starting a Waterkeeper Program in your community please go to www.waterkeeper.org
200 Waterkeepers, 6 continents, 1 movement for swimmable, drinkable, and fishable waters worldwide!
The Waterkeeper movement began on New York’s Hudson River in 1966 when commercial and recreational fishermen joined forces to rescue the river. In 1983, they hired the first full-time Riverkeeper to patrol the Hudson, to restore its abundant fisheries and to lead citizen-based enforcement of the federal Clean Water Act and other environmental laws. The lawyer for the Hudson Riverkeeper was and is Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., and his name has been synonymous with the Waterkeeper movement ever since. Kennedy served as the Alliance’s president until 2007 and now chairs the organization’s board. Click on the video below to hear Kennedy tell the remarkable story of how the Hudson River was rescued from pollution and how this success story inspired an international movement of Waterkeepers.
New (2012) short documentary about Waterkeeper narrated by Edward James Olmos
Older short documentary about Waterkeeper.
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.
Waterkeeper Alliance aspires to protect every major watershed around the world. We also continue to reach out and collaborate with other leading national and international environmental and public health organizations to serve the needs of our global network.
The growth of the Waterkeeper movement is a testament to the strength of our model.
From the Great Lakes to the Gulf of Mexico, the Amazon to the Ganges, Waterkeeper Alliance has become a powerful voice for the world’s waters.
2012 Waterkeeper Alliance Annual Report