What is a Waterkeeper or Riverkeeper?
In 1966, the Waterkeeper movement was founded in response to pollution in New York’s Hudson River, when a group of fishermen and environmentalists banded together to fight polluters and clean up the waterway. In 1983, environmentalist John Cronin was tapped to become the official Hudson watchdog known as the Riverkeeper. Along with Waterkeeper Alliance President Robert F. Kennedy Jr. the grassroots organization successfully improved the health of the Hudson.
This effort spawned other Riverkeeper organizations around the world, and in 1999 Waterkeeper Alliance was formed to support Waterkeeper groups. Today, over 240 Waterkeeper Organizations around the world fight polluters in courts of law, before regulatory agencies and in the court of public opinion on behalf of threatened communities and their life-sustaining water resources. Members of the Waterkeeper Alliance lead global fight for strong regulations and vigilant enforcement of environmental laws.
The vision of the Waterkeeper movement is for swimmable, drinkable, fishable waterways worldwide.