Donna Lisenby

Donna Lisenby is the Upper Watauga Riverkeeper and the Waterkeeper Alliance Coal Campaign Coordinator from Boone, North Carolina. Donna is one of the most experienced Waterkeepers in the world with 15 years of history advocating for the protection, preservation and restoration of waterways. She plays a key role in investigating the coal industry and working with coalitions to end their illegal pollution. She appeared in the film Wal-Mart, the High Cost of Low Price where she exposed the retailers appalling failure to protect the environment. She also contributed to the National Geographic mini-documentary Clean Coal: Water Pollution at the Light Switch which recounted her research and response to the largest industrial spill in U.S. history.

She was named an environmental hero in a video by the University of NC School of Journalism in 2009. Donna is the recipient 12 awards for her work to engage citizens and reduce industrial, sewage and sediment pollution into waterways. She has a Bachelor of Science degree from Clemson University and two beautiful grandchildren who motivate her work to ensure a healthy environment for future generations.

Waterkeeper Alliance was at the Governor's Mansion in Raleigh on Wednesday March 5, with a whole lot of  North Carolina voters and tax payers to demand clean up of Duke Energy’s toxic ash holes. Photo Credit: Pete Harrison, Waterkeeper Alliance

| March 7, 2014
Yesterday, Duke and DENR’s four year failure to do what is required by North Carolina law and ignoring the unified voice of...

| February 5, 2014
In the wake of what may be the third largest coal ash spill in U.S. history, Waterkeeper Alliance deployed a disaster response team to assess the...

| February 4, 2014
Duke Energy reported that it spilled between 50,000 to 82,000 tons of coal ash into the Dan River near...

| January 10, 2014
As many as 300,000 West Virginia residents in nine counties have been told not to bathe, cook or wash clothes using their tap water, and...

| December 3, 2013
A new study confirms that Duke Energy’s toxic coal ash pollution is killing more than 900,000...
Children swim in Lake Athabasca on July 2 in Fort Chipewyan, Alberta.
Photo Credit: Dot Griffith

| November 22, 2013
The loss they are facing as Sherritt’s toxic coal plume moves inexorably to Fort Chipewyan is...
Pictures of a 100 km long leak of coal mine sludge, making its way down the Athabasca River. This photo taken on Nov. 11 or 12, near the confluence of the Lesser Slave River. One billion litres of sludge leaked from the closed Obed Mountain Mine near Hinton on Oct. 31.
Photo credit: Alberta Environment

| November 14, 2013
“Mercury levels nine times higher than normal. Levels of cancer-causing polycyclic aromatic...

| November 8, 2013
Given the magnitude of Alberta spill, the lack of information provided by...

| September 26, 2013
Buriganga Riverkeeper Sharif Jamil and hundreds of his fellow Bangladeshi's are fighting to save the Sundarbans, an irreplaceable world heritage site, from the destruction of a massive new coal-fired power...

| July 25, 2013
Waterkeeper Alliance President Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., and other environmental leaders came together in Charlotte, NC, to pull the cloak of invisibility off of toxic water pollution from coal-fired power...

| July 23, 2013
Today a coalition of environmental organizations and clean water groups released an eye popping new report highlighting the public health threats of toxic water pollution from coal-fired power plants. Environmental...
At a multi-family residential complex adjacent to a coal-fired power plant in Lanzhou, China. Like the lungs of the families who live in the area, the car was coated with coal ash. Photo credit: Charles Depman

| May 2, 2013
DONNA LISENBY — In the last four months, pollution levels in China have climbed to levels never before recorded in the history of our planet. More than 1.2 million Chinese...
Waterkeeper Alliance attorney Pete Harrison, Tennessee Riverkeeper David Whiteside, Black Warrior Riverkeeper Nelson Brooke, Coosa Riverkeeper Frank Chitwood, French Broad Riverkeeper Hartwell Carson, Watauga Riverkeeper Donna Lisenby and Tennessee Riverkeeper staff attorney Mark Martin return after collecting water samples from a coal ash pond at a coal-fired power plant in Alabama.

| November 14, 2012
What's even more outrageous is the corporate polluters responsible for this coal ash claim that cleaning up this toxic mess would hurt their profits......