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Our Methods

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Riverkeeper’s mission is to protect and restore the Hudson River from source to sea and safeguard drinking water supplies, through advocacy rooted in community partnerships, science and law.

Riverkeeper focuses on three overarching problems facing Hudson River communities:

    • Restoration of the Hudson River ecosystem, with particular emphasis on minimizing fish kills and water pollution;
    • Protection of New York City’s drinking water supply; and
    • Improving public access to the Hudson River.

Our methods include the following:

Enforcement & Litigation

Riverkeeper has successfully challenged the illegal activities of some of the largest and most notorious polluters, including: Exxon-Mobil, General Electric, Consolidated Edison, Metropolitan Transit Authority, the City of New York, and the New York State Department of Transportation.

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Patrol Boat


In any given season the Riverkeeper Patrol Boat logs approximately 5,600 nautical miles patrolling from New York Harbor downstate to Troy upstate.
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Policy & Legislation

As the Hudson Valley's chief law enforcer, Riverkeeper works to strengthen the laws and regulations that protect New York’s water and waterways.

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Tell Gov. Hochul to block invasive species at the Erie and Champlain canals
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