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Defend the Hudson:
Riverkeeper is an independent organization funded and driven by concerned individuals like you.
Our vision: Clean, swimmable waters, a Hudson River teeming with life, and safe and abundant drinking water supplies.
We are the model for over 300 “keeper” groups worldwide, reaching new levels of achievement and setting big new goals.
Here’s what Riverkeeper stands for:
“Our strategy for success hasn’t changed much since we started out as the Hudson River Fishermen’s Association in 1966: Support the grassroots. Be data driven. Don’t flinch when the going gets tough.” – Paul Gallay, President and Hudson Riverkeeper
Riverkeeper began as the Hudson River Fishermen’s Association (HRFA), an environmental watchdog and enforcement organization founded by a group of concerned fisherman in 1966 under the leadership of Bob Boyle. Tom Whyatt served as HRFA’s first “Riverkeeper” in the early 70’s, monitoring the Hudson for pollution. In 1983 the HRFA launched a patrol boat, and hired John Cronin as the first full-time Hudson Riverkeeper, creating a Riverkeeper organization based on his work. The HRFA changed its name to Riverkeeper in 1986.
Today, Paul Gallay serves as Hudson Riverkeeper, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. is our Chief Prosecuting Attorney, and John Lipscomb is our Boat Captain. Learn More
View the slideshow, Riverkeeper: An incomplete history