This is a watershed moment. Rivers, lakes, aquifers, wetlands, coasts, oceans and the wildlife they support are under threat from climate change, pollution and misuse. Drought, flood and sea-level rise makes swathes of land uninhabitable or unproductive. At times up to two-thirds of the global population live in water-stressed areas. Water scarcity leads to conflict. Dirty water leads to dead zones and disease. Yet there’s a paucity of media coverage of these issues.
That’s where WATERSHED comes in. Our independent, not-for-profit, investigative journalism shines a light on the water crisis in its many forms, using in-depth, rigorous, evidence-based stories which hold the powerful to account, uncover abuses, illuminate overlooked stories, and champion solutions. Working with established national and international media outlets, WATERSHED provides stories in multi-media formats to reach a wide audience.
Our values are to undertake ethical investigative journalism, using the highest reporting standards to provide coverage with due impartiality that is fair, accurate and in the public interest.
WATERSHED’s investigative journalists are environmental journalist Rachel Salvidge (The Guardian, The Times, BBC and the ENDS Report) and filmmaker and broadcast journalist Leana Hosea, who has spent 18 years working at the BBC. She worked in four BBC foreign bureaus covering international news, as well as investigations for all media platforms.
Our generous funders are: Oak Foundation, European Climate Foundation, Ashken Family Charitable Foundation, Eden Project, Christopher Parker, Ben Goldsmith, WildFish, Wildlife and Countryside Link, The Wildlife Trusts.
A major investigation focused on widespread pollution by ‘forever chemicals’ called PFAS. It launched on the front page of the Guardian and involved seven stories over three days.