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Kate Hudson

Director, Cross-Watershed Initiatives


Kate joined Riverkeeper in February 2011 as the NYC Watershed Program Director after nearly 25 years spent in Government protecting the environment of New York State.

Kate began her environmental career working in the Regional Attorney’s office of the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation in 1985, handling a wide range of enforcement and permitting matters in all program areas, including air quality, water quality, solid and hazardous waste and mining. In 1994 and 1995, she served as the Acting Regional Attorney.

In 1999, Kate left the DEC and was appointed an Assistant Attorney General in that office’s Environmental Protection Bureau. She was a member of the Bureau’s Hudson River Team, and was responsible for preparing the State and Federal Trustees natural resource damage claim against General Electric, for their contamination of the Hudson River with PCBs.

Building upon that experience, in 2007, Kate rejoined the NYS DEC where she created and staffed a ten person unit dedicated to pursuing claims for natural resource damages against a wide variety of polluters for their discharges of hazardous substances and petroleum. As Director of the unit, she developed policy and budgetary documents in support of the Department’s natural resource initiatives, represented the Department in the development of claims, coordinated assessment and litigation activities with Federal Trustee agencies and Indian Tribes, and negotiated settlements with responsible parties.

In addition to her professional duties, Kate has been active in a wide variety of environmentally related activities. She is a trained mediator who has worked with the Dispute Resolution Center, she served on the Board of the Wallkill Valley Land Trust, she was a committee member of Save The Ridge, working to protect the world class resources of the Shawangunk Ridge, and she is currently a member of the Town of Gardiner’s Planning board and the Town’s Open Space Commission.

Kate is a graduate of the University of Chicago, and earned her Law Degree from New York University School of Law.

Kate is a long-time resident of Gardiner, NY, living in the shadow of the Shwangunk Ridge, where she is an active outdoorswoman who enjoys hiking, biking, skiing and rock climbing. She is also an experienced sailor, who races on the Hudson River, and has twice competed in the Race around Long Island.


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