• 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



  • Read the latest grassroots environmental news from EcoWatch
  • Check out the Old Man River - Promo
    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 ( )
    Visits to the QCA expected in April 2012
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  • Rock River Trail:
    Hike It! Bike It! Kayak It! Canoe It!

  • 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

  • What does a Waterkeeper do?
    This is a example of what a WATERKEEPER does. Bobby is a true American hero.


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    A percentage of whatever revenue this web site generates goes for environmental efforts in Illinois & Iowa. Some of these being the preservation of the Mississippi , Rock, and Illinois rivers in Illinois and Iowa.


  • Clean Water Act Under Attack
    One of our nation's most fundamental environmental laws is under attack, and we need to speak out to our federal delegation in a groundswell effort to counteract the lobbying efforts of polluting industries

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  • Quad Cities Wind And Solar Mall 
    Quad Cities Wind And Solar Mall is dedicated to providing affordable new energy solutions which help eliminate our country's dependence on foreign supplied oil and contribute to fighting the effects of rising energy costs. We offer our clients the opportunity to produce clean, cheap energy alternatives while making a positive impact on the world. 

    A percentage of whatever revenue this web site generates goes for environmental efforts in Illinois & Iowa. Some of these being the preservation of the Mississippi , Rock, and Illinois rivers in Illinois and Iowa.
  • Environment Illinois
    Environment Illinois is a statewide, citizen-based environmental advocacy organization. Our professional staff combines independent research, practical ideas and tough-minded advocacy to overcome the opposition of powerful special interests and win real results for Illinois' environment. Environment Illinois draws on 30 years of success in tackling our state's top environmental problems.
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  • Check out a new book, "Animal Factory" by David Kirby that features Waterkeeper friends, Rick Dove and Karen Hudson.

    In this thoroughly researched book, David Kirby follows three families and communities whose lives are utterly changed by immense neighboring animal farms. These facilities, known as “Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations,” or CAFOs, confine thousands of pigs, dairy cattle, and poultry in small spaces, often under stressful conditions, and generate enormous volumes of fecal and biological waste as well as other toxins.  Learn more at:


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    St. Martin's Press announces the release of ANIMAL FACTORY, on March 2, 2010. For more information, or to pre-order, please visit

  • Meet: Rick Dove

    RICK DOVE has been an advocate for the Waterkeeper Alliance since July 2000. A former Riverkeeper, Rick has spent much of his time training Waterkeepers and helping new programs develop into strong advocates for clean water. He continues to with work numerous Waterkeepers throughout North Carolina and other states as well as staff attorneys at the  Waterkeeper Alliance on the Alliance’s Sustainable Agriculture campaign. Before joining the Waterkeeper movement,  Rick enjoyed a 25 career with the U.S. Marines that included two tours in Vietnam. In his final tour of duty Rick served as military courts-martial judge, After retiring as a Colonel from the Marines in 1987, Rick commercially fished the Neuse River and owned and operated a wholesale fish store. In 1991, due to pollution, he was forced to abandon his fishing business and returned to practicing law until becoming the Neuse Riverkeeper in 1993, a post he held until the year 2000.

    As the Neuse River’s spokesperson, Rick has been in more than 4000 news stories in both major and local media, and his work was detailed in a chapter of the 1997 Simon and Schuster book, And the Waters Turned to Blood. Other books highlighting his activities include: This Moment on Earth by Senator and Mrs. John Kerry (2006), Crimes Against Nature by Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. (2004) and Righteous Porkchop By Nicolette Hahn Niman (2008).

    From 1996-1998, Rick was the Governor’s appointee to the Neuse River Basin Advisory Council, during which time he was asked to testify before the U.S. Congress Committee on Resources, Fisheries Conservation, Wildlife and Oceans Subcommittee on the microorganism Pfiesteria Piscidia and its effects on the river. In 1999,  Rick later testified before U. S. Congress, Senate Committee on Government Affairs, on  March 13, 2002 on issue of pollution generated by Confined Animals Operations (CAFOs) and the Senate Committee Environment and Public Works, on September 6, 2007, on issues related to air emissions from factory farms.  Rick was named one of Time Magazine/Time for Kids Heroes of the Plane in October 1998 and received an honorary induction as member of Epsilon Nu Eta, National Environmental Health Society for Health Professionals 1998. He later received the 1998 Citizens Award presented by Independent Weekly Newspaper, Raleigh, North Carolina and was honored by Charlotte Observer as Guardian of the Environment, for 1996. In August 1999, the Raleigh News and Observer selected Rick as 1of 100 people who have shaped North Carolina in the past Century. Rick later received the North Carolina Leadership Award from North Carolina Watershed Coalition, Inc for Year 2000, the Alliance for a Responsible Swine Industry Appreciation Award June 25, 2000, the EPA Region  IV Merit Award on October 19, 2000, the 2001 Nancy Susan Reynolds Award for Advocacy (November 17,2001). Rick was recognized by the Clean Water Network as a Clean Water Hero on 30th Anniversary of the Clean Water Act on October 18, 2002

    Rick Dove continues to live on the south shore of the Neuse River near New Bern, North Carolina with his wife of 45 years, the former Joanne Tezak of Baltimore, Maryland. They have one daughter, Holly Marie Trombley and four grandchildren all of whom live in the New Bern area. Their son, Todd, is deceased.

  • Click the image below to view a slideshow for the Animal Factory and “Families Against Rural Messes” message.

  • Meet: Karen Hudson

February 17, 2010 

Karen Hudson is from Elmwood, IL – an all-American town outside of Peoria that was devastated by waste lagoon spills and put economic pressure from dairy CAFOs in the region.  Families and neighbors were torn apart over the damage to the land, the environment, and profits.  Karen formed a grassroots group, “Families Against Rural Messes” to fight the CAFO’s dangerous practices.

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