"Preserving and protecting water from polluters. Waterkeeper Alliance, Inc. connects and supports local Waterkeeper programs to provide a voice for waterways and their communities worldwide. To champion clean water and strong communities, Waterkeeper Alliance, Inc.: Supports and empowers member Waterkeeper organizations to protect communities, ecosystems and water quality; Promotes the Waterkeeper model for watershed protection worldwide; and Advocates for issues common to Waterkeeper programs. Today, water resources are declining in quality and quantity in virtually every part of the world: More than a billion people are living without access to safe drinking water; California faces the most serious water emergency in its history; Australia is in the midst of an epic, drought-the first industrialized nation to deal with water scarcity on this scale. Waterkeeper Alliance provides a way for communities to stand up for their right to clean water and for the wise and equitable use of water resources, both locally and globally. The vision of the Waterkeeper movement is for drinkable, swimmable and fishable waterways worldwide. Our belief is that the best way to achieve this vision is through the Waterkeeper method of grassroots advocacy."