Hackensack Riverkeeper


231 Main Street
Hackensack, NJ 07601
County: Bergen


Captain William V. Sheehan

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General operating support to restore the environment of the Hackensack River Watershed for the benefit of its people and its resident wildlife.

Organization Background

Founded in 1997 by Captain Bill Sheehan, Hackensack Riverkeeper (Riverkeeper) is a founding member of the Waterkeeper Alliance -- an international assemblage of over 225 clean water advocates working on six continents. Its constant and continuing mission is the protection, preservation and restoration of the Hackensack River -- a unique waterway that includes two very different watershed realities separated by the Oradell Dam since 1923.

Thanks to the generous support from the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation and other funders, Riverkeeper is a vigilant, active presence along the river's 45-mile length and throughout its 210 square-mile bisected watershed. In the upper watershed, the drinking water source for nearly one million New Jersey residents, the organization maintains a strong working relationship with United Water -- a relationship born as much out of mutual respect as it was out of the litigation that protected the company's 3,300 acres of woodlands.

Below the dam in the river's lower watershed sadly, the toxic past is never far away. But Riverkeeper continues the fight against pollution from Combined Sewer Overflows (CSOs), for the cleanup of known waste sites and the proper capping of all former landfills within the NJ Meadowlands District. Aboard its pontoon boats and with its fleet of canoes & kayaks, the organization continues to lead the way in restoring public access to the river and introducing new generations of people to the wonders of the urban wilderness that is the Meadowlands.

Captain Bill Sheehan serves as Riverkeeper and Executive Director; Captain Hugh Carola is Program Director, Mary Knight is Operations Director, Lynn Jenkins is Development Director, Christopher Len is Staff Attorney, Jodi Jamieson is Project Manager, and Caitlin Doran is Outreach Coordinator.

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