Waterkeeper Alliance


December 05, 2016


Waterkeeper Weekly




Support Updates


Submit Your Brilliant Idea: 2017 Conference Workshops (It actually need not be brilliant, but chances are it is)

We will gather next year, June 7-11 in Park City, Utah for the annual Waterkeeper conference and your ideas are vital to making the event a raging success. The movement benefits greatly from the vast knowledge and experience that we share amongst ourselves and our partners so please consider submitting a proposal for a workshop. The most successful proposals are those that demonstrate participants will leave the panel with new skills, tools, and/or resources to better help fulfill our vision for drinkable, swimmable and fishable waters worldwide. As you consider submitting an idea for a legal, communications, strategy, organizing, development or other topic, please think about how it can be most useful and relevant for Waterkeepers all around our gorgeous blue planet. Think about how someone attending your panel can take home new ideas and tools and apply them to their local watershed. Very site-specific examples are best presented as case-studies nested within larger, thematic discussions. >>> Please submit a panel proposal by the January 15 deadline.


Upcoming Webinars

Fundraising: Plan Now to Keep and Grow Your Donors in 2017 | December 7, 12pm PST/3pm EST

This webinar will look ahead to 2017 to help participants sketch out a plan to engage donors who choose to give 2016 year-end-gifts.  It is much easier to grow and develop existing donors than find new ones and this webinar will be focused on the critical first few months of 2017.  Start planning now and you'll hit the ground running in 2017, increasing the chances that you'll grow your individual giving totals throughout the year. Presenter: Rob Hansen, RH Development. >>> Click here to register.


Campaign Updates


Clean and Safe Energy

Cape Fear River Watch, Waterkeeper Alliance, and partners have reached a settlement with Duke Energy that secures up to $1.5 million for water quality and conservation efforts in the lower Cape Fear Watershed near Wilmington. Under this settlement, Duke Energy will place $1 million in a fund to be used to improve water quality and conserve watershed lands in the lower Cape Fear Basin at and below the Sutton plant.  Duke Energy will provide up to $250,000 in additional funds for the effort, as a dollar-for-dollar match for other funds raised by conservation groups.  As a result, the effort is designed to invest $1.5 million in the waters and watershed lands of the lower Cape Fear Watershed that are used and enjoyed by local communities.  The federal litigation regarding the Sutton facility will be dismissed.


Clean Water Defense

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced that it will not grant an easement that would have allowed the proposed Dakota Access Pipeline to cross under the Missouri River at Lake Oahe, effectively halting Energy Transfer Partners illegal construction on the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s ancestral homelands. Waterkeeper Alliance thanks President Obama and Assistant Army Secretary for Civil Works Jo-Ellen Darcy for requiring an Environmental Impact Statement, examining alternate routes for the pipeline and protecting the water resources of the Standing Rock Sioux. We also express our deep gratitude to the thousands of Water Protectors for their courageous stand to protect their homeland, their historic and sacred sites, and the drinking water of millions. Read our full statement here.


Waterkeepers Around The World


Futaleufu Riverkeeper is celebrating the approval of Water Code reform that prioritizes people’s right to water.


Cahaba Riverkeeper and Savannah Riverkeeper were featured in this excellent Bloomberg piece about America’s failing energy infrastructure, specifically pipelines.


Walter Magazine ran an excellent feature on the work of Upper Neuse Riverkeeper Matthew Starr.


Board Member & Poudre Riverkeeper Gary Wockner penned this piece on how to reinvigorate the environmental movement during a Trump presidency.


Bargny Coast Waterkeeper on Hann Bay in Senegal continues the fight against development of the Sendou coal-fired power plant. Despite the opposition of the populations of bargny, oise, the state of Senegal continues to accept the implantation Two Coal-fired power plants, riding roughshod over the environmental and social rules.


Lake Ontario Waterkeeper is fighting to save one of Canada's oldest and most important clean water laws.