November 22, 2010

Max Schupfer


“Riverkeeper is an independent, member-supported environmental
organization founded on the premise that citizens themselves must roll
up their sleeves to defend our waterways.”

Riverkeeper is an environmental non-profit organization aimed to protect
the Hudson River and is also the first “keeper” organization to be
founded under the Waterkeeper Alliance. The Waterkeeper Alliance is an
environmental umbrella organization connecting many movements working to
protect bays, rivers, lakes and so forth with the name “keeper” attached
to it, such as Riverkeeper and Soundkeeper. Currently the Waterkeeper
alliance is best known for its work concerning the April 2010 BP oil
spill with numerous member organizations working together.
Riverkeeper was founded in 1983 in response to careless industrial
pollution contaminating the river. Today Riverkeeper is fighting many
different issues in order to protect the Hudson and its surroundings.
The organization does this by investigations of industrial zones and
developmental projects, litigation, and regulation of water pollution.
Some of the polluters Riverkeeper defeated include General Electric, Con
Edison, Metropolitan Transportation Authority and New York State
Department of transportation.
Riverkeeper is considered to be a large non-profit organization and gets
all its contributions from 5,000 plus “private and public supporters”.
Some of the large supporters include Google, AIG, and Hess Foundation
Riverkeeper’s latest news includes two victories against the Entergy
plant in Indian point, New York, where the organization “successfully
fended off two attempts to dismiss critical safety issues” (Article link






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