Clean water activists from across the nation and around the world shared success stories and grappled with challenges at the recent Waterkeeper Alliance Conference—including a team of staff from San Francisco Baykeeper.
Baykeeper is a founding member of the Waterkeeper Alliance, the 340 organizations that make up the world’s fastest growing movement for clean water. From Lake Erie in the US to the Yellow River of China, waterkeepers across the globe face a host of similar challenges. In addition to discussing big issues like climate change and sea level rise, we shared concerns and ideas about plastic pollution, including troubling trends related to microplastics accumulating in rivers, estuaries, oceans, and even snowpack.
A big thank you to United Airlines for sponsoring Baykeeper’s airline travel to this year’s conference! United’s support allowed us to send six of our staff members to Buffalo, New York. We were also grateful to be able to share 10 of our United Airlines travel vouchers with sister waterkeepers in Costa Rica, the Bahamas, Belize, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, and Panama, which enabled them to bring representatives to the conference, too. That’s a big boost for global clean water collaboration!
Now the Baykeeper team is back home, energized by all we learned, and inspired to fight even harder for the health of San Francisco Bay!
Pictured above: the San Francisco Baykeeper team with Waterkepeeer Alliance President Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., (center) at the Waterkeeper Conference in June 2018. Photo by John Wathen.