Arkansas Ozark Waterkeeper, Inc. is a member of 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, from pollution to climate change. These Waterkeeper organizations are on the frontline of the global water crisis patrolling and protecting more than 1.5 million square miles of waterways on six continents.
Our goal is swimmable, drinkable, and fishable water everywhere.
White River Waterkeeper, Inc and Ozark River Stewards join forces
to form Arkansas Ozark Waterkeeper, Inc.
White River Waterkeeper formed in 2016 to hold regulatory agencies accountable for implementing protections set forth by law in the Clean Water Act, with a particular focus on looming issues with the Buffalo National River.
The Ozark River Stewards sprang up a few years earlier as a true grassroots movement to save not just the Buffalo River, but all Ozark waterways vulnerable to degradation due to the porous limestone substrate known as karst. The Ozark River Stewards worked with other organizations, including the White River Waterkeeper, and the end result was the closure of an industrial scale hog operation which had introduced massive amounts of waste into the Buffalo River watershed.
Jessie Green did much to establish a Waterkeeper presence in our region. We are grateful for her efforts and eager to build upon the foundation she began. It's no secret that the Covid-19 pandemic has been a challenge for non-profits, but the Ozark Water Stewards
understand that our shared water resources need and deserve all the protection they can get. We are ready to work with the public to identify issues and network with other groups to ensure that our rivers and streams are cleaner and healthier as time goes on.
We work to protect the public health and natural resources of the Arkansas Ozarks through advocacy, education, and research into the threats and practices that impact its waterways.