The vision of the Waterkeeper movement is for
swimmable, drinkable, fishable waterways worldwide.


History of the Waterkeeper Movement

Our story started in 1966 when commercial and recreational fishermen, many of them veterans, united to save their river and formed the Hudson River Fishermen’s Association. These fishermen recognized that outspoken, citizen-led advocacy was the only way to ensure that laws were enforced and their river, livelihood and the health of their families were protected. They took on many of the nation’s biggest industrial polluters and won.In 1983, they hired the first full-time Hudson Riverkeeper to patrol the river, to restore its abundant fisheries and to lead citizen-based enforcement of environmental laws. Since those early days, Hudson Riverkeeper has brought hundreds of polluters to justice and forced them to spend hundreds of millions of dollars restoring the Hudson to health. Their success spurred an explosive growth of similar grassroots programs across the globe, and in 1999 Waterkeeper Alliance was founded to support these programs.

Today, Waterkeeper Alliance is the world’s fastest growing environmental movement, with over 260 Waterkeeper Organizations protecting rivers, lakes and coastal waterways on six continents. Our proudest accomplishment is the depth and breadth of our member organizations and the unity of their vision for clean water and strong communities.

Our Support team has helped many prospective Waterkeeper organizations through the proposal process and has networked with a number of grassroots water advocacy groups both domestically and internationally.

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Clean water is essential for nearly every aspect of our lives and livelihoods. Governments around the world have enacted laws to protect water quality and the communities that depend on clean water. In the United States, there are local, state and national laws designed to control pollution sources and restore our streams, rivers, lakes, and estuaries to swimmable, fishable and drinkable conditions.

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Disclaimer: Solar installations and the value of resulting incentives and savings, when available, are specific to an individual’s home, electric usage, tax situation as well as currently available incentives and system size, price, and ownership. RGS Energy does not guarantee any tax credit amount, electrical savings, or return on investment and is not responsible for any monetary value, perceived or actual, that may otherwise be due to customers regarding government or utility incentives. This Plan is not available in all locations, and may be subject to approved credit. The $500 partner donation will be paid 45 days after the new customer’s system is installed and interconnected. New customers must not have contacted, nor been contacted by RGS Energy previously to be eligible for the partner donation.