Baykeeper was founded in 1989 as the fourth "waterkeeper" organization in the nation and the first on the west coast - on the principle that our waterways are common property, owned by all who use and enjoy them. he "Waterkeeper" concept dates back to a 19th century English tradition. Riverkeepers were the wardens of private streams, assuring that the waters were healthy, well stocked and free of poachers. In 1982, fishermen concerned about pollution of their beloved Hudson River started the first Waterkeeper program in the United States. The fishermen saw polluters as modern day poachers. The Hudson Riverkeeper proved so effective at stopping the theft of our public resources that Waterkeeper programs quickly spread across the nation's rivers, lakes, bays, sounds and coastal waters. Today, the International Waterkeeper Alliance, headed by Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., is nearly 200 programs strong, making it one of the world's fastest growing environmental movements. Each Waterkeeper organization enforces the provisions of the 1972 Clean Water Act (CWA) and other federal and state laws. The CWA states that individuals have the right to stand in the shoes of the United States Attorney in order to stop those who pollute our waterways in violation of the CWA. Despite the passage of environmental water quality laws, government agencies do not have the resources necessary to protect our national waters by themselves. Therefore, Waterkeepers work closely with agencies, such as the Environmental Protection Agency, to accomplish mutual goals.Something looks off?