Waterkeeper Alliance is an environmental organization founded in 1999, responding to a growing movement of organizations with the name Riverkeeper, Baykeeper, Soundkeeper, and other related "keeper" names. The original Riverkeeper was organized in New York in 1983, as a response to the destructive industrial pollution that was destroying the Hudson River.
Today, Waterkeeper Alliance unites all Waterkeeper organizations; coordinating and covering issues affecting Waterkeepers that work to protect bodies of water around the world. It's the fastest growing grassroots environmental movement in the world, spanning six continents. Each Waterkeeper organization is devoted to the preservation of specific watersheds.
Spokane River Forum
The Spokane River Forum serves as a clearinghouse and information exchange for all things related to the Spokane River. Initiatives include: Spokane EnviroStars, recognizing businesses which properly manage hazardous and other wastes...Meet Me at the River Raft....and Kayak Eco-Tours in which community members explore the 111 mile Spokane River. Spokane River Forum Conferences are held every 18 months to maintain a regional dialogue regarding protection of water quality. The water trail web site, www.spokanewatertrail.org was visited by over fifteen thousand people in its first year and is growing, making the Spokane River a destination attraction for locals and visitors alike. It has set an extraordinary standard for being highly interactive as well as providing informational pages for fishing, paddling, safety, stewardship, and other support resources.
CENTER FOR JUSTICE
The Center for Justice is the parent organization of the Spokane Riverkeeper. The Center helps thousands of people in Spokane with civil legal services such as getting their driver’s license back, filing or requesting public records, navigating or reducing Legal Financial Obligations (LFOs) or dealing with landlord abuses. Their programs work to preserve and protect our natural environment for the wellness of our planet and community, to overcome barriers to employment and to assist those who have been previously incarcerated to get back on their feet. They advocate to keep our local governments accountable for things like police misconduct, public safety and enforcing land use laws. They also work to improve medical and legal access for the disadvantaged, working with community partners and governments to create better polices and practices that will equitably serve people from ALL economic and social strata. These innovative approaches meanwhile, save taxpayers thousands of dollars.