Black Warrior Riverkeeper's® mission is to protect and restore the Black
Warrior River and its tributaries. We are a non-profit organization
dedicated to improving habitat, recreation, and public health throughout
the largest river watershed fully contained within Alabama, America's
leading state for freshwater biodiversity. Monitoring waterways,
educating the public, and holding major polluters accountable has made
us an important proponent of clean water in our patrol area, the entire
Black Warrior River Watershed. Founded in 2001 by David Whiteside, our
full-time employees include Nelson Brooke - Riverkeeper® (patrolman &
spokesman) and Charles Scribner - Director of Development. We also benefit
greatly from the services of in-house Chief Prosecuting Attorney, Mark
Martin, and Legal Program Coordinator, John Kinney. Alabama's 2006
Watershed Organization of the Year, Black Warrior Riverkeeper® is
governed by a board of directors and is a proud member of Waterkeeper®
Alliance. Please call 205-458-0095 to report pollution (we investigate
citizen tips) and to inquire about volunteering, donating, or events.
Learn more at www.BlackWarriorRiver.org or email
On July 19, 2007, Joseph Puentes conducted a podcast interview with
Charles Scribner, Director of Development for Black Warrior Riverkeeper®,
a non-profit Alabama chapter of Waterkeeper® Alliance. The two discussed
such topics as Black Warrior Riverkeeper's® history, staff, mission,
fundraising, legal actions, events, and membership, as well as the
diverse pollutants and negligent Alabama state agencies that plague the
vital yet vulnerable Black Warrior River Watershed.
The French Broad Riverkeeper®, Hartwell Carson, is charged with
monitoring and enforcing environmental regulations along with educating
and advocating the public and elected officials for cleanup and
protection of our rivers. The French Broad Riverkeeper® works with
RiverLink, an Asheville, NC based non-profit that is striving towards
the economic and environmental revitalization of the French Broad
River. Please view their movie about the river: http://www.riverlink.org/movie.asp
For more information visit www.riverlink.org.
ROBERT F. KENNEDY, JR.'s reputation as a resolute defender of the
environment stems from a litany of successful legal actions. Mr. Kennedy
was named one of Time Magazine's "Heroes for the Planet" for his success
helping Riverkeeper® lead the fight to restore the Hudson River. The
group's achievement helped spawn more than 150 Waterkeeper® organizations
across the globe.
Mr. Kennedy serves as Senior Attorney for the Natural Resources Defense
Council, Chief Prosecuting Attorney for the Hudson Riverkeeper® and
President of Waterkeeper® Alliance. He is also a Clinical Professor and
Supervising Attorney at Pace University School of Law's Environmental
Litigation Clinic and is co-host of Ring of Fire on Air America Radio.
Hog Vigil - June 19-21, 2007
Starting at 3:00 PM on Tuesday, June 19th, and running straight
through until 6:00 PM on Thursday, June 21st, 2007 there will be a vigil
held in downtown Raleigh at the Halifax Mall, which is in the middle
of the legislative and other government buildings.
include: ALLIANCE FOR A RESPONSIBLE SWINE INDUSTRY, CONCERNED CITIZENS
OF TILLERY, CAPE FEAR COASTKEEPER, CAPE FEAR RIVER WATCH, CAPE HATTERAS
COASTKEEPER, CAPE LOOKOUT COASTKEEPER, CONSERVATION COUNCIL OF NORTH
CAROLINA, BLACK WORKERS FOR JUSTICE, DUPLIN ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
AWARENESS PROJECT, FRUIT OF LABOR, LOWER NEUSE RIVERKEEPER, NEUSE RIVER
FOUNDATION, NEW RIVER FOUNDATION, NEW RIVERKEEPER, NORTH CAROLINA
COASTAL FEDERATION, NORTH CAROLINA ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE NETWORK, OPEN
MINDED SENIORS, PAMLICO-TAR RIVER FOUNDATION, PAMLICO-TAR RIVERKEEPER,
RURAL EMPOWERMENT ASSOCIATION FOR COMMUNITY HELP, SOUTHERN ENVIRONMENTAL
LAW CENTER, NC COUNCIL OF CHURCHES, UPPER NEUSE RIVERKEEPER, WATERKEEPER
51 HOUR CONTINUOUS VIGIL TO BE HELD AT NC GENERAL ASSEMBLY
PRESS CONFERENCE SCHEDULED
JUNE 20th 2007
The largest collation of environmental grass roots organizations ever
assembled in North Carolina will conduct a Press Conference at 10:00 am
on June 20th, 2007 at the Halifax Mall. The Halifax Mall is located
between the two Legislative Office Buildings in Raleigh North Carolina.
The Press Conference will announce the purpose of a 51 Hour Vigil that
will be taking place throughout the day and night at the Halifax Mall
between 3:00 pm Tuesday, June 19, 2007 and 6:00 pm Thursday, June 21,
Representatives of community and environmental groups from across the
state of North Carolina will be in the Halifax Mall for 51 straight
hours, ONE HOUR for each day the members of the General Assembly are
expected to be in session during 2007. The purpose of the vigil is to
spotlight the issue of hog waste and the direct adverse impacts it is
having on our rivers, streams, creeks, air AND PEOPLE. Educational
materials and displays, including the airing of video documentaries,
will be used to communicate these devastating impacts. Vigil
participants will make frequent visits to members of the General
2007 is the year the General Assembly must legislate a ban on new
construction of lagoons and sprayfileds, set a "Date Certain" for
completion of phase out of their use, commence their phase out and
provide appropriate safe drinking water for citizens who have been
impacted by groundwater pollution. The Bernard Allen Clean Water Bill
will do just that.
Hog waste issues must be fully resolved this year. The citizens of North Carolina are fed up with excuses and delays.
For more information concerning this significant event call one of the following:
Don Webb, Alliance for a Responsible Swine Industry 252 289 7373
Gary Grant, Concerned Citizens of Tillery - 252-826-3017 - cell: 252-578-4729
Larry Baldwin, Lower Neuse Riverkeeper, 252 670 0389
Rick Dove, Waterkeeper Alliance 252 636 9238
Naeema Muhammad - NC Environmental Justice Network - 252-314-0703
Neuse River Foundation: Riverkeepers®
The mission of the Neuse River Foundation is to be a viable agent for better water quality in the Neuse River
through education, investigation, and public involvement. We support two RIVERKEEPER® Programs that are determined
to halt present abuses, to help remedy past ones, and to ensure future protection of the River.
An associated website with very Important information about the North Carolina Riverkeeper and Waterkeeper Aliance can be found here: RiverLaw.us or NeuseRiver.com
The Neuse River Foundation's RIVERKEEPER® FILM FESTIVAL
RALEIGH, NC on SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2006
A grassroots organization realized that environmental education directed
at children can be more effective than political advocacy and started
"River Lab" - a river basin environmental education program integrated
into local schools. In the audio, producer Charles Clemmons talks about
the documentary he created on the River Lab program.
A native of North Carolina, Charles Clemmons is founder and
president of Wiltonwood Productions, a Connecticut-based film, video,
and television production company. He has produced, directed,
photographed, and edited documentary television programs broadcast on
public television stations throughout the United States and was
co-producer/director, co-writer, and co-cinematographer for Mystic
Voices: The Story of the Pequot War, distributed for public television
nationwide by American Public Television. For Mystic Voices, he was
co-winner of Emmy® Awards for Best Writing and Best Documentary
presented by the New England chapter of the National Academy of
Television Arts & Sciences. In addition, he was co-nominee for a best
cinematography Emmy®. In addition to broadcast television, Charles has
made a number of non-broadcast documentaries on the performing arts and
artists and their art.
4:00 PM - Festival passes will be available at the Museum of History.
Festival Passes ($10) are available online or at the door. Seating is limited and we suggest you order your pass online and pick-up the at the door. Order passes online.
With your Festival Pass, you can create your own film festival. Your pass allows you to move between venues as often as you like to see the films you want to see.
5:00 PM - Opening Event
Crawdad's Conundrum, a live perfromance by the Paperhand Puppet Intervention. A delightful live performance of the story of a determined Crayfish who wants to help her friends when their habitat is threatened, (Tickets for puppet show only - $5)
5:30 - Parade of giant puppets on the plaza between the NC Museums of History and Sciences
6:30 to 10:00 PM - documentary and independent films screening in the theatres of the NC Museum of History and Natural Sciences.
Schedule of Films and Times
NC Museum of Sciences
6:30 Ride of the Mergansers, 11 min.
6:40 City of Mermaids, 20 min
7:00 Tasmanian Circumnavigation, 30 min.
7:30 Construction of San Francisco Bay Bridge, 17 min.
7:47 Christini's Feat
(Hotdogs on the Plaza or Coffee and pastry in Museum of History)
8:10 Soulmate, 10 min
8:20 Ripples of Light, 20 min.
8:40 Arctic Son, 75 min. (This film contains adult language)
9:50 The Wash 20 min.
NC Museum of History
6:30 The Map, 30 min.
7:00 The Sacramento: River of Life, 57 min.
(Hotdogs on the Plaza or Coffee and pastry in Museum of History)
8:10 to 10 PM - SPECIAL PROGRAM with Dean Naujoks, Upper Neuse Riverkeeper, filmmaker Charles Clemmons, ("River Lab"), and NC State students, Laurie Barnes, Jenny James and Roselyn Whitney, ("Too big for our Ditches.").
The Neuse Riverkeepers will give a brief presentation on their roles and responsibilities as Riverkeepers. Afterwards, take a virtual tour down the Neuse River. This past spring, Larry Baldwin, the Lower Neuse Riverkeeper and Dean completed their 270 mile Tour de Neuse - a 3 week journey down the Neuse River. See rare and beautiful images of the Neuse River. Visit NeuseRiver.org for Tour de Neuse daily journals, pictures and maps.
The Riverkeepers presentation will be followed by:
8:50 Too Big For Our Ditches (Q&A with filmmakers)
9:00 River Lab, (Q&A with filmmaker)
9:30 Program will close with "Building of the Meadowlands."
The The Georgian Bay Association is a volunteer, not for
profit umbrella group representing 22 resident associations and 4,400
families on the eastern and northern shores of Georgian Bay and the
adjacent lakes and water bodies. The association was founded in 1916.
In September the GBA's Mary Muter, Georgian Baykeeper® and chair of the Air and Water
Environment Committee, was interviewed by the CBC Radio One Ontario Morning radio program about the recent funding,
announced by the federal government, to start the Upper Great Lakes
Study. This 6 minute interview gives a good overview of the problems
that the GBA has been working hard to bring to the attention of of the
IJC and the US and Canadian governments.
The Grand Riverkeeper, Labrador Inc. is a non-profit
Our goal is to preserve and protect the water quality and the
ecological integrity of the Grand (Churchill) River and its
estuaries for present and future users and for posterity
through actions of public awareness, monitoring, intervention
and habitat restoration.
Please listen to the following audio from Newfoundland and Labrador This Week a CBC
Radio program. In this 03 February 2007 program you'll hear information related to the
Grand (Churchill) River. Please consider subscribing to the podcast via their RSS feed - http://www.cbc.ca/podcasting/includes/newfoundland.xml:
*************** INVITATION TO SIGN ***************
The Canadian Boreal region, stretching from Yukon across the continent to
Newfoundland, contains some of the world 's most intact forests and
wetlands. It represents both an unprecedented conservation opportunity and a
place at great risk as a frontier for extractive natural resource
industries. Already much of Canada's southern Boreal has been allocated for
resource development. It is increasingly clear that the window for
conserving the ecological integrity of the region is limited.
Recently over 100 Ph.D. scientists from Canada, the U.S., and throughout the
world signed the letter below to urge Canadian policy makers to recognize
the importance of the Boreal and their responsibility for its protection.
We invite scientists to sign the letter to show the Canadian government and
the world that the scientific community, as represented by hundreds of
scientists, recognizes the Boreal as one of our world's last great
The St. Clair Channelkeeper®
is a non-profit organization dedicated to conserving,
restoring and protecting the waters of the Lake Huron-Lake Erie connecting channel,
including the St. Clair River, Lake St. Clair and the Detroit River. The St. Clair
Channelkeeper supports legal actions to enforce U.S. and Canadian environmental laws
within the channel watershed and advocates policies and programs to restore and protect
the waterways of the Channel and its tributaries.
Stewards of the Lower Susquehanna (SOLS) & The Lower Susquehanna
Riverkeeper® are dedicated to improving the ecological health of the
Lower Susquehanna River Watershed and the Chesapeake Bay. Current and
future citizens of the Lower Susquehanna River Watershed deserve high
water quality, wise and sustainable use of all aquatic resources, and
preservation of aesthetic value of our waterways.
This is a brief intro to the main problems that are affecting us on the
Lower Susquehanna River, and how these problems then affect the health
of the Chesapeake Bay. A few solutions are offered, but some of the
problems are much too complex to share in this brief intro. More
information can be found at our website. Feel free to contact us with
any questions or concerns. See you on the Suskie!
Living at the Barricades
began broadcasting in August 2007. The show is
dedicated to telling stories of environmental justice. We regularly
interview individuals and groups who are at the frontlines of
environmental protection in their community. Past interviews include
musician-activists Dave Bidini and Sarah Harmer, local environmental
advocates, and a variety of scientific experts. The show is a meeting
place that educates, connects local struggles, and supports the efforts
of communities fighting for access to clean water. In this respect, the
show is an exciting reflection of Lake Ontario Waterkeeper's® work.
Living at the Barricades aims to empower, develop, and expand a
grassroots network of people committed to environmental and social
justice. As such, the show features a wide-variety of passionate voices,
moving environmental decision-making back into the public realm. This
network includes a number of dedicated artists linked to the Waterkeeper
movement. Each week features short selections from musicians, writers,
poets, and more.
Living at the Barricades is recorded live each week from ThatRadio.com
in Toronto, Ontario. At times, the show is recorded on location in a
live, non-studio setting. For example, on September 28, 2007, a live
taping of 'Living at the Barricades' took place at the General Wolfe
Hotel on Wolfe Island, ON in conjunction with a concert featuring Chris
Brown and the Citizen’s Band.
Current broadcast schedule:
Live recording on ThatRadio.com (Toronto, ON): Wednesdays, 2:00-2:30pm.
Syndicated on CFRC 101.9fm, Campus and Community Radio, www.cfrc.ca (Kingston, ON): Thursdays, 5:30-6:00pm.
Please go to their webpage:
http://www.waterkeeper.ca/. Also subscribe to the
podcast via their RSS feed: http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewPodcast?id=267971533
One of Lake Ontario's hardest working grassroots activists - Lynda
Lukasik of Environment Hamilton - joins Mark Mattson and Krystyn Tully
to discuss the Hamilton Port Authority's recent decision to develop
Harris Inlet, without public consultation or an environmental screening.
Also, music from Steeltown rockers, Young Rival.
This week on Living at the Barricades: threats to Canada's strongest
piece of environmental legislation - the Fisheries Act. Hosts Mark
Mattson and Krystyn Tully are joined by Waterkeeper Alliance President
Steve Fleischli to discuss environmental rollbacks and the consequences
for every waterway.
This week on Living at the Barricades hosts Mark Mattson and Krystyn
Tully discuss public access to waterfronts and the future of the Oshawa
Harbour. We'll hear from John Gray - Mayor of Oshawa, Larry Ladd - Chair
of the Oshawa Marina Users Group, and federally appointed mediator David
Tuesday, November 13, Lake Ontario Waterkeeper hosted a news conference
for the realease of Port Hope Community Health Concerns Committee's
scientific study on nuclear contamination in the town's residents.
Living at the Barricades presents a one-hour special on the nuclear
legacy and current fight for environmental justice in Port Hope.
This week, Living at the Barricades evaluates the state of environmental
policy following Ontario's recent election. Hosts Mark Mattson and
Krystyn Tully discuss the new Ontario Minister of the Environment, the
Nuclear Liability Act, the impact of lobbying on environmental decision
making, and more. President of renewable energy provider Bullfrog Power,
Tom Heinzman, contributes his thoughts on Ontario Power Generation's
announced rate hikes.
This week on Living at the Barricades, Olympic medalist and Waterkeeper
Alliance Trustee Karen Percy-Lowe joins the show to discuss the launch
of Fraser Riverkeper. Hosts Mark Mattson and Krystyn Tully tell the
story of Doug Chapman, a true trailblazer in environmental law...and the
story of the Fraser River, where Chapman is taking on the role of full
time advocate for the water. And, from West to East, Field Coordinator
Brett Rogers talks about the growing Waterkeeper movement in Canada.
This week on Living at the Barricades hosts Mark Mattson and Krystyn
Tully discuss the importance of hearings in environmental decision
making and highlight key cases including the arduous path to the Lafarge
Environmental Review Tribunal. LOW articling student Katie Tucker joins
the show to speak about Waterkeeper's most recent submission to
Ontario's Ministry of the Environment...Also, music from At the
Barricades: Volume 1.
Lake Ontario Waterkeeper releases its 2007 Beach Report. Hosts Mark
Mattson and Krystyn Tully discuss the state of Ontario’s beaches. The
show also features an interview with Andrew McCammon of the Taylor
A special live taping of Living at the Barricades from the General Wolfe
Hotel on Wolfe Island. Peggy Mattson and Sarah McDermott of Wolfe Island
Residents for the Environment (WIRE) join Mark and Krystyn for a lively
discussion of the proposed wind project on Wolfe Island - with a
beautiful, live performance of 'Superior' by Chris Brown and Tony
This week on Living at the Barricades Sarah Harmer speaks with hosts
Mark Mattson and Krystyn Tully about Protection of Escarpment Rural Land
(PERL)'s 'I Love the Escarpment Too’ and challenging the Nelson
Aggregates quarry operating on the Niagara Escarpment - Mark and Krystyn
highlight the busy week of art and activism beginning with Chris Brown’s
residency at the Dakota Tavern in Toronto.
An interview with Daniel LeBlanc, founder of Petitocodiac Riverkeeper
about the need to restore free-flow to the world's second largest tidal
river. And, a discussion of Ontario’s energy plan, the legacy of nuclear
power, and more.
Living at the Barricades celebrates the release of At the Barricades:
Volume 1. Dave Bidini visits the Toronto studio and speaks with Mark and
Krystyn about his contribution to the album, the role of music in
building community and reflecting ideas and truths, and his deep roots
in the Waterkeeper movement...And, At the Barricades songs from Broken
Social Scene, Dave Bidini, and Tony Scherr.
Host Mark Mattson and producer Avi Grand introduce the inaugural Living
at the Barricades. Plus, an update on the state of the Kingston’s Belle
Park landfill and the contamination of Spencer Creek in Hamilton. The
show’s first interview is with Scott Edwards, the informant in a private
prosecution against DTE Energy.