We clean up more than just trash, we work to find real lasting solutions to some of the most devastating issues facing water quality throughout our region. Our staff of nine represent the only group in the Potomac Watershed to offer a unique focus on legal advocacy and reform to adequately protect our rivers and streams.

Protecting the rights of 6 million Americans to clean water in DC, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania.


Let's talk plain and simple. Clean rivers and streams matter because they're not only home to aquatic life and provide us with a source of recreation, but they're one of the few sources of fresh water we can rely on for our daily needs.

Only 3% of earth's water is fresh water.

How much water do you use everyday? The average American uses 100 gallons/day!

You need water for more than just your shower and sink...

  • 39,090 gallons of water to create 1 new car
  • 1,000 gallons of  water to produce 1 gallon milk
  • 713 gallons  of water to make 1 cotton t-shirt
  • 53 gallons  of water goes into making 1 latte
  • 10 gallons  of water to form 1 slice of bread

See what musician Jack Johnson likes about Waterkeeper Alliance and our work.

"If our river is so dirty,  just buy bottled water."

Did you know bottled water is 300x more expensive than tap water, and 25% of it comes from the same fresh water resources that supply your sink?

FACT: By ensuring our laws and regulations are up-to-date and are being properly followed by industry, we can create more efficient water treatment facilities, reduce energy consumption,  keep your wallet a little fuller (and global prices lower), and in turn maintain the availability of clean fresh water supplies for people and wildlife.