Keeping with the jam scene’s long history of environmental advocacy, clean water activist David Whiteside and the Waterkeeper Alliance recently teamed up with Phish’s Waterwheel Foundation to raise thousands of dollars for water protection efforts. Donations collected during the Baker’s Dozen were given to Long Island Soundkeepers, a local branch of the Waterkeeper Alliance, which raises money for over 320 individual water protection organizations worldwide.
A longtime friend of Jon and Briar Fishman, Whiteside spent much of his summer on the road, doing similar activism on Jack Johnson’s west coast tour. “I am forever grateful to my lifelong friends in the music world for their compassion, philanthropy, and concern for America’s public waterways,” Whiteside said in a statement. “The Riverkeepers continue to grow stronger with generous and creative support from the music industry.”
In the past, Whiteside has collaborated with bands like The String Cheese Incident, Railroad Earth, The Wailers, and more to aide the Waterkeeper Alliance in patrolling and protecting more than 2.5 million square miles of rivers, lakes and coastal waterways around the globe.