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Dan Shapley

Water Quality Program Director



As Water Quality Program Director, Dan Shapley coordinates the largest community science water quality sampling project of its kind, sampling hundreds of locations throughout the Hudson River Watershed, primarily to show when and where water is safe for swimming. The data gathered is the basis for advocacy to stop water pollution, by catalyzing needed investments in water infrastructure, enforcing the Clean Water Act, prioritizing the waters that need restoration, and other initiatives. The Water Quality Program is also focused on Drinking Source Water Protection, and Riverkeeper’s response to the drinking water contamination crisis in Newburgh.

A lifelong Hudson Valley resident, Dan Shapley joined Riverkeeper as Membership and Events Manager in October 2011, and started as Water Quality Program Manager in July 2014. As Membership and Events Manager, Dan worked with Dana Gulley to create the Riverkeeper Sweep, an annual day of service for the Hudson River, and focused on engaging Riverkeeper’s members in activism and volunteerism.

A graduate of Hartwick College, he started his career as a reporter, columnist and editor for the Poughkeepsie Journal, where he won numerous awards for writing about the Hudson Valley environment. From 2007 to 2011, he edited TheDailyGreen.com, an award-winning website devoted to green living. He lives in Rhinebeck, N.Y., with his wife, son and dog.

Read Dan Shapley’s blog posts, or contact him at 914-478-4501 x226 or dshapley@riverkeeper.org.

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