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About the Riverkeepers

Ottawa Riverkeeper

Located in the national capital region of Canada, Ottawa Riverkeeper (Garde-rivière des Outaouais) is a citizen-based action group that brings people together to protect and promote the ecological health and diversity of the Ottawa River and its tributaries. Expert and independent, our organization advocates for responsible decision-making, public education, participation, access to information, and compliance with protective regulations, for the benefit of our river and our communities. Visit for details.

Potomac Riverkeeper Network

Located in Washington D.C., Potomac Riverkeeper, Inc. was established in 2000 by principals of local environmental groups to fulfill a niche for a strong advocate to enforce clean water laws for the Potomac River and its tributaries. Riverkeepers are the eyes and ears of the water, protecting the public’s right to clean water in their rivers and streams. Encompassing the skills of scientists, teachers, law officers, fishermen and paddlers, Riverkeepers combine a profound knowledge of their waterway, matched with a relentless commitment to protecting your rights and the rule of law. Visit for details.

Ottawa Riverkeeper and Potomac Riverkeeper are both members of the WATERKEEPER® Alliance, the world’s fastest growing environmental movement, uniting more than 300 Waterkeeper organizations and affiliates around the world and focusing citizen action on issues that affect our waterways. The Waterkeeper movement’s mission is for swimmable, drinkable, fishable waterways worldwide. Visit for more information.