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Hackensack Riverkeeper, Inc.

 
Hackensack, NJ
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Basic Organization Information

Hackensack Riverkeeper, Inc.
Physical Address: Hackensack, NJ 07601 7304
EIN: 22-3530496
Web URL: www.hackensackriverkeeper.org 
NTEE Category: C Environmental Quality Protection, Beautification
C99 Environmental Quality, Protection, and Beautification N.E.C.
D Animal related
D30 Wildlife Preservation/Protection
C Environmental Quality Protection, Beautification
C32 Water Resource, Wetlands Conservation and Management
Ruling Year: 1997 


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Mission Statement

Founded in 1997 and a member of the international Waterkeeper Alliance, Hackensack Riverkeeper is the leading environmental organization dedicated to preserving, protecting and restoring the Hackensack River Watershed. Our mission is carried out through a combination of advocacy, action, education and enforcement strategies – all of which support and complement each other. Advocacy involves monitoring potential threats to the watershed and working with policy makers; Action includes conducting River Cleanups, riparian restoration projects and encouraging river-based recreation; Environmental Education includes an extensive array of field programs and a comprehensive outreach to schools, community groups and the general public; and Enforcement entails HRI taking on the role of citizen-steward, working with applicable enforcement agencies and when necessary, engaging in litigation. Our mission and our work reflects the complexity of our watershed: the lower reaches impacted by decades of pollution, and its upper reaches providing potable water to over one million people in New Jersey and New York. As such, Hackensack Riverkeeper is the only advocate positioned to address the problems and interactions of the entire watershed.

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Annual Revenue & Expenses (IRS Form 990, January 2011)

Fiscal Year Starting: January 01, 2011
Fiscal Year Ending: December 31, 2011

Total Revenue $579,058
Total Expenses $546,450

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Mr. William Sheehan

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Captain Sheehan is a dedicated, active conservationist, and lifelong resident of the Hackensack River area. He is an officer and member of many environmental protection organizations, most notably as member of the Meadowlands Conservation Trust. He has been recognized for his work on numerous occasions by the media, government and the environmental community.

Leadership Statement:

“This organization was founded on one simple premise: Human beings, in fact all living creatures, have an inherent right to clean water." - Captain Bill Sheehan

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Program Description:

?This organization was founded on one simple premise: Human beings, in fact all living creatures, have an inherent right to clean water,? Capt. Bill explains. We operate with an Executive Director, who is the Riverkeeper and makes all executive decisions five full-time staff- A Program Director, who handles organization and execution of Eco-Cruises, Eco-walks,handles speaking engagements and represents Hackensack Riverkeeper at events, An Operations Director and Volunteer Coordinator, who manages volunteer projects and coordinates our river cleanups as well as handle office administration, our Project Manager, who coordinates our Eco Paddles and runs our Paddling Center, and a Development Director responsible for grants and fundraising. Additionally, we have an Americorp person who works out of our office full-time on community watershed education. We manage a Watershed Watch Hotline that provides an anonymous resource for people who may see someone illegally dumping. We follow up on these sightings and sue polluters. We work with coalitions to preserve open space in our over-developed metropolitan area. From May to October we provide recreational access to the river through our Eco-cruise and Canoe/Kayak rental projects. The objective of the Eco-Cruise program is to educate and advocate protection, enhancement and enjoyment of the Hackensack River and Estuary. During Eco-Cruises, the Hackensack River and Estuary become living classrooms. Out on the river, participants experience for themselves its abundant living resources and better understand the threats to our urban wilderness. In all, more than 30,000 people have taken Eco-Cruises since Captain Sheehan started the program in 1995. In 1999, the Eco-Cruise program was expanded to include canoe/kayak trips from Laurel Hill County Park to the Sawmill Wildlife Management Area. The Eco-Walk program, conducted in conjunction with Eco-Cruises for students, was established in 1999 to increase outdoor environmental education opportunities for students, teachers, and others interested in learning about the watershed's natural environments.

Program Long-Term Success:

The fight to eliminate Combined Sewer Overflows (CSOs) from our watershed has dominated the work of HRI for the past few years. A CSO is the discharge of stormwater and domestic waste as a result of the sewer capacity being exceeded during storms. The resulting ?overflow? is forced into rivers and streams ? causing raw sewage to run in streets and further pollute our waterways. Capt. Bill helped found the NJ CSO group, and is also a member of the Bergen County CSO group and he has long advocated in favor of Low Impact Development solutions as well as the high tech- and expensive- options often presented by civil engineers. We continue towork toward permanent resolution of this threat to our river and watershed.

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