About Us

Our mission

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Riverkeeper’s Mission

Riverkeeper protects and restores the Hudson River from source to sea and safeguards drinking water supplies, through advocacy rooted in community partnerships, science and law.

Our Vision

We envision a future in which the Hudson River, its tributaries and watershed, and the New York City drinking watershed are:

    • restored to ecological health and balance,
    • free-flowing, resilient, and teeming with life,
    • reliable sources of safe, clean drinking water,
    • recovered from historic and inequitable environmental harms,
    • safe and accessible for swimming, fishing, boating and other recreational activities, and
      valued and stewarded by all.

Our Core Values

At Riverkeeper, we value:

    • the fundamental rights of the Hudson River, its tributaries, and all the living things that depend upon them to exist and thrive in healthy, balanced ecosystems,
    • clean water as essential to all living things and access to clean drinking water as a human right,
    • a reduction of environmental harms, especially for disproportionately impacted communities and decimated fish and wildlife populations,
    • facts, science, and community voices as the foundation of our work,
    • trust, respect, integrity, and justice as the basis for our relationships, both within and beyond our organization, and
    • environmental and recreational benefits for all.

Our commitment to DEIJ

Riverkeeper strives to support our partners to increase their power and effectiveness regarding decisions affecting their environment and health. We have committed ourselves to the ongoing path of diversity, equity, inclusion and justice work.
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Our Story

We began as the Hudson River Fisherman's Association and, over 50 years later, we are New York’s clean water advocate, having helped set worldwide standards for waterway and watershed protection and serving as the model for more than 300 Keeper programs around the globe.

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Our Methods


Riverkeeper is the public’s investigator, scientist, lawyer, lobbyist and public relations agent for the Hudson River.
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Our Financials


Riverkeeper is a not-for-profit, tax-exempt membership organization incorporated under the laws of the State of New York in 1984 and a top-ranked 501(c)(3) charity.
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Our Team

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Our Board

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Our Advisory Board & Councils

View our volunteer leadership which includes: Advisory Board, Junior Council and Leadership Council

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From our annual Journal to a variety of reports, we keep you informed and up-to-date on the status of our advocacy work.
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Riverkeeper Staff

We offer paid positions and internships that provide strong experience in policy, litigation, development, and communications.
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Contact Us

Phone: 800-21-RIVER Email: [email protected]

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