Our Mission

Today, water resources are declining in quality and quantity in virtually every part of the world: More than a billion people are living without access to safe drinking water; California faces the most serious water emergency in its history; Australia is in the midst of an epic, 12-year-long drought—the first industrialized nation to deal with water scarcity on this scale.

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.   





One of the founders of the Waterkeeper Alliance, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., with Quad Cities WATERKEEPER Art Norris after he spoke at the University of Wisconsin - Platteville on March 26, 2010.
Details |
More Photos | View the Speech from our Facebook page

Thanks to Oquawka Boats for building the Quad City Water keeper's new boat!
Click here for photos



Photos of  the Green River Pollution
April 2014


Photos from the Green River
October 2013

Learn about 1 Mississippi, an effort to clean up and protect the Mississippi River


Clean Water Enforcement Project has been an important partner in helping us not only identify polluters in our watershed but connecting our group with top Clean Water Act attorneys. Learn more

URGENT! We need action to stop the dumping in the Green River
in Colona, IL.



New Video of washout on Green River |
New Video of Green River of the Effects of Damage

Green River Trip with USFW
View Photos from 8/8/12


View Letter to the Corp of Engineers


16 Reasons Why to Deny the Corps Permit



7/24/12 Press Release:
QC Waterkeeper Files Federal Clean Water Act Suit to Stop Concrete Dumping on the Green River

Watch our video investigating Concrete Dumping on the Green River, one mile from the Rock River:


Watch this Underwater Video of concrete slabs in the Green River:

Help us save the Green River!
Join our campaign today...

Controversy Swirls on Green River
by Brian Wellner
Quad City Times, April 13, 2012

Quad City Journal Blog
with updates on the Green River Dumping

Read about how QC Waterkeeper Art Norris' rescue of an injured Pelican on the shores of the Rock River inspired a Children's Book by Arlene Rundle

Read the latest grassroots environmental news from EcoWatch

Old Man River - Chapter 4
by Brett Rogers. It is a 110 day expedition rowing the entire length of the Mississippi River to support water conservation and the mission of the Lower Mississippi RiverKeeper (www.lmrk.org )
Features the QCWaterkeeper Art Norris
Read the Blog

Waterkeeper Celebrates Clean Water Act 40th Anniversary See the Video


Visit our Facebook page for the latest updates and news on the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Clean up or Visit:


Save Our Gulf has been established by Waterkeeper Alliance to coordinate the efforts of Gulf Waterkeepers who are fighting to protect the Gulf Coast, its communities and environment, from the devastating BP oil disaster.

Quad Cities WATERKEEPER® would like to invite you to our membership meetings. Membership not required.

 It is an excellent opportunity to get to know others in the area who share your passion for protecting our waterways, as well as address a couple of urgent water protection items,

RSVP quadcitieswaterkeeper@gmail.com or contact Art Norris 309-721-1800


Environment Illinois - Restore Clean Water Act Protections



Rock River Fish Kill Update

STOP Asian carp from invading
Lake Michigan.

Check out this page at the Environment Illinois Web site

and to see what you can do

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