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Dan Shapley

Water Quality Program Director



As director of Riverkeeper’s Water Quality Program, Dan Shapley and the water quality team coordinate 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 and watershed management, including protection of drinking water at its source.

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 focused on engaging Riverkeeper’s members in activism and volunteerism, and worked with Dana Gulley to create the Riverkeeper Sweep, an annual day of service for the Hudson River.

He is a founding board member (since 2015) of the Wallkill River Watershed Alliance, and a board member (since 2018) of the Hudson River Watershed Alliance. He also serves on the Joint Environmental Committee for the Village and Town of Rhinebeck.

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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