Riverkeeper is a member-supported watchdog organization dedicated to defending the Hudson River and its tributaries and protecting the drinking water supply of nine million New York City and Hudson Valley residents.
If we can protect the Hudson think of what we can do in other rivers.
In 1966, Riverkeeper was launched as the Hudson River Fishermen’s Association, by a collection of commercial and recreational fishermen who were concerned about the welfare of the River.
At the time, twenty-mile stretches of the Hudson south of Albany and north of New York city were declining rapidly due to major pollution. In an effort to fight the major polluters of the river they organized themselves with a mission to track down and prosecute the polluters one at a time until they were all eliminated. Since then, Riverkeeper has brought hundreds of polluters to justice, forcing them to spend their own money to restore the Hudson. Additionally, winnings from these cases were used to launch a Riverkeeper boat, which continues to patrol the Hudson
in search of environmental lawbreakers.
To keep the Hudson clean, Riverkeeper works with ten different groups up and down the river to sample water quality, and manage bacteria levels. This information is then taken to the government to lobby for money to protect the water infrastructure. This strong grassroots way of working has always been integral to Riverkeeper and it is what makes it possible to do important work over such a vast waterway and across the global waterkeeper programs.
On top of all of that Riverkeeper also protects the watershed that provides drinking water for 9 million New Yorkers. This is an area that spans across five states and is protected by advocating for stronger watershed protection policies on the local,
state and federal level and by enforcing environmental laws.
With 45 years of protecting the Hudson River under their belt, Riverkeeper continues to be the environmental watchdog every New Yorker needs to enjoy the waterways.
Since 1974 the Clean Water Fund has been working to uphold the Clean Water Act by exposing and opposing any federal action or polluter-friendly court decisions that would harm the nation’s waterways.
For the last 45 years Riverkeeper has been protecting the Hudson River and its tributaries and for the last 20 years they have been protecting the drinking water supply for 9 million New Yorkers.
SoundWaters has been working to protect the Long Island Sound through environmental education. Their programs allow environmental sciences to come to life, while amplifying the state mandated science curriculum.