Waterkeeper provides a voice for waterways and their communities worldwide.
Waterkeeper Alliance connects and supports local Waterkeeper programs to provide a voice for waterways and their communities worldwide by:
The Waterkeeper Concept
- Supporting and empowering member Waterkeeper organizations to protect communities, ecosystems and water quality;
- Promoting the Waterkeeper model for watershed protection worldwide;
- Advocating for issues common to Waterkeeper programs;
- Strengthening and maintaining Waterkeeper Alliance's organizational capacity and stability.
Each Waterkeeper program reflects the needs of the water body and community it represents. The common thread is that for each waterbody and community there is a full-time person who serves as the Waterkeeper, the public advocate for that body of water.
Waterkeepers are part investigator, scientist, lawyer, lobbyist and public relations agent. Think of a Waterkeeper's "clients" as all the users of the watershed for which the Waterkeeper advocates. A successful advocate has a diverse bag of tools that allows her or him as the Waterkeeper to get the job done. Waterkeepers have some kind of boat ranging in size from canoes to research vessels, but sometimes a pair of hip boots is more important than a boat. Sometimes a legal brief is more important than either. Each water body has its own unique set of challenges requiring its own unique strategy.
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