Riverkeeper is New York’s premiere water quality advocate.
its 50th Anniversary, 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
Riverkeeper is among the nation’s oldest and most respected environmental organizations and, in recent years, has driven major achievements, including: the cleanup of one of the largest oil spills in American history; new regulations reducing impacts on marine habitat by power plants nationwide; the fight to protect our communities from unsafe energy extraction practices; and leading the largest annual clean-up of the Hudson with thousands of volunteers collecting more than 40 tons of trash. For more information, visit www.riverkeeper.org.
Riverkeeper maintains a thirty-six foot wooden patrol and research vessel, the R. Ian Fletcher, operated by our Boat Captain, John Lipscomb. Riverkeeper's full-time presence on the river enables us to respond to and investigate new reports of illegal discharges, facilitate scientific research on the Hudson, and provide access to the River to our members, public officials, students and the media.
In accomplishing its mission, Riverkeeper and the communities we work with are a showcase of democracy in action. Despite typically overwhelming odds, Riverkeeper proves time and time again how concerned citizens have the power to reclaim their waterways and reclaim control over their communities and quality of life.