Riverkeeper’s campaigns and cases address the challenges and opportunities facing the two critical resources we defend – the Hudson River and the New York City Watershed.
Our patrol boat program, powerhouse of attorneys, grassroots base of public support, and strong partnerships with experts in law, engineering, biology, hydrology, economics and energy policy makes Riverkeeper the Hudson River's leading citizen-based pollution enforcement organization.
The Hudson River is a tidal estuary, a biologically rich environment which provides critical habitats and essential spawning and breeding grounds for fish and other wildlife. Protecting this critical natural resource requires endless vigilance and the support of an engaged citizenry.
Our Watershed team ensures that the drinking water consumed by nine million residents of New York City, Westchester, Orange and Ulster County remains of high quality. Riverkeeper safeguards this drinking water supply system by battling sprawl, monitoring water quality, and protecting wetlands in this watershed system.
Our Drink Tap Campaign encompasses the enforcement of environmental laws; working with communities and government on proactive programs to achieve long-term protection of the NYC watershed; advocating for stronger watershed protection policies on a local, state and federal level; and encouraging New Yorkers to choose tap water over bottled water.
Around the city, Riverkeeper has been working to engage and activate communities along diverse waterfronts We actively support and strengthen the work of organizations like the Guardians of Flushing Bay, Gowanus Canal Conservancy and Newtown Creek Alliance. By helping increase the volume of the voices of community advocates.
Sound environmental policy is one of the best tools we have to protect our environment. Therefore, Riverkeeper works hard to garner support for legislation created to protect our Hudson River, its tributaries, our watershed, wetlands and surrounding communities.