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NY Waterway Support is an alphabetical listing of organizations that support the Hudson River and its environment.

Billion Oyster Project

Billion Oyster Project (BOP) is a long-term, large-scale plan to restore one billion live oysters to New York Harbor over the next twenty years and in the process educate thousands of young people in New York City about the ecology and economy of their local marine environment.  BOP is a partnership of schools, businesses, nonprofits, and individuals all working together to grow oysters and make our city a healthier and more resilient place to live.


Brooklyn Boat Works

Working inside NYC schools, BROOKLYN BOATWORKS helps young people develop life skills through the building and use of small boats. Our programs teach communication, teamwork, perseverance and craftsmanship, and help young people create a strong connection to their urban environment.

Using traditional wooden boat building as a means to support positive youth development, BROOKLYN BOATWORKS engages students in planning and building 7’-6” “Optimist” prams, small sailboats used worldwide by thousands of young people.


Department of Environmental Conservation (New York State)

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) was created on July 1, 1970 to combine in a single agency all state programs designed to protect and enhance the environment.

Mission: “To conserve, improve and protect New York’s natural resources and environment and to prevent, abate and control water, land and air pollution, in order to enhance the health, safety and welfare of the people of the state and their overall economic and social well-being.”

DEC’s goal is to achieve this mission through the simultaneous pursuit of environmental quality, public health, economic prosperity and social well-being, including environmental justice and the empowerment of individuals to participate in environmental decisions that affect their lives.


Friends of Hudson River Park (FOHRP)

Friends of Hudson River Park, the primary advocacy and support organization for the Park, was founded in 1999. Our mission is to complete and sustain this world-class park that includes expansive lawns, horticultural walkways, recreational facilities, historic landmarks, and access to one of the most important rivers in the city and state.


Governors Island Alliance

Our Mission:  celebrate the Island’s rich history, create memorable parks and public spaces,
and ensure appropriate reuse of the Island and its historic structures.

Since 1995, the Alliance has worked collaboratively with the Trust for Governors Island, the National Park Service, and many other organizations to return the Island to the people of New York. Our concept of redeveloping the Island as a great civic space was the basis for the 2003 transfer from the Federal Government to New York and the National Park Service.


Friends of Liberty State Park

The Friends, is an all-volunteer, Officially Recognized Friends Organization of the NJ Division of Parks and Forestry. We celebrated our 20th birthday in the Spring of 2008 with many accomplishments and much positive work ahead as a grassroots open space park organization dedicated to Liberty State Park which turned 30 on June 14, 2006.


Hudson River Environmental Society (HRES)

The Hudson River Environmental Society is a nonprofit, non-advocacy organization that delivers the science behind Hudson Valley issues to citizens, scientists, and decision makers. We enable objective discussions, provide forums for rigorous science, connect disparate views, and showcase the region’s natural heritage. We are academic researchers, government officials, nonprofit scientists, private consultants, teachers, students, and interested residents who find real solutions.


Hudson River Estuary Program

The Estuary Program protects and improves the natural and scenic Hudson River watershed for all its residents. The program was created in 1987; its work focuses on the tidal Hudson and its adjacent watershed from the federal dam at Troy to upper New York harbor (see map of Hudson River Estuary Program Boundary (PDF), (489 kB). Its core mission is to:

  • Ensure clean water
  • Protect and restore fish, wildlife and their habitats
  • Provide water recreation and river access
  • Adapt to climate change
  • Conserve the world famous scenery


Hudson River Fishermen’s Association

The Hudson River Fishermen’s Association is a group of recreational fishermen who make active use of the N.Y. Bight and the surrounding water system and are concerned with the present and future state of these fisheries.  Our objectives are to encourage the responsible use of aquatic resources and protection of habitat. We assist where possible in efforts to abate pollution and promote sportfishing and the management of that recreation.


Hudson River Sloop Clearwater

The mission of Clearwater is to preserve and protect the Hudson River for the benefit of its eco-system and human communities while creating new environmental leaders for a sustainable future.


The Hudson River Foundation (HRF)

The Hudson River Foundation (HRF) seeks to make science integral to decision-making with regard to the Hudson River and its watershed and to support competent stewardship of this extraordinary resource.


The Hudson River Waterfront Conservancy (HRWC)

HRWC is a non-profit organization that monitors the construction and maintenance of the Hudson River Waterfront Walkway (The walkway covers 18.5 linear miles from Bayonne to the George Washington Bridge.  It is in various stage of completion.).   Since 1988, the all volunteer board has implemented The Public Trust Doctrine by seeking the protection and enforcement of the public’s right to free, unobstructed access to the Walkway. The Conservancyprovides a voice of support for public access to the waterfront before governmental entities, legislative, regulatory and commercial bodies whose actions impact the development of the Waterfront.


Lilac – New York City’s Only Historic Steamship

The Lilac Preservation Project seeks to restore the steam-powered lighthouse tender Lilac as a unique vehicle for maritime education and community activities, both underway and pier-side.


Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance

The Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance is the voice of over 500 organizations with ties to our regional waterways. Together they are working to transform the waters of New York and New Jersey Harbor into clean and accessible places to learn, work and play, with inviting parks, dependable jobs and reliable, eco-friendly transportation for all.


Newtown Creek Alliance

The Newtown Creek Alliance represents the interests of community residents and local businesses who are dedicated to restoring community health, water quality, habitat, access, and vibrant water-dependent commerce along Newtown Creek.


New York-New Jersey Baykeeper

NY/NJ Baykeeper is the citizen guardian of the Hudson-Raritan Estuary. Since 1989, we’ve worked to protect, preserve, and restore the environment of the most urban estuary on Earth – benefiting its natural and human communities.


New York-New Jersey Harbor Coalition

The NY-NJ Harbor Coalition is a campaign of local and national advocacy organizations focused on transforming our region’s waterways into a truly world-class harbor and estuary with waterfront parks, ecological health and critical infrastructure to meet the economic, environmental and recreational needs of the 22 million residents of the nation’s largest, most diverse urban area.


The New York-New Jersey Harbor Estuary Program (HEP)

The New York-New Jersey Harbor Estuary Program (HEP) is a National Estuary Program authorized in 1987 by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The program is a multi-year effort to develop and implement a plan to protect, conserve, and restore the estuary. Participants in the program include representatives from local, state, and federal environmental agencies, scientists, citizens, business interests, environmentalists, and others.


New York City Water Trail Association

The NYC Water Trail Association helps advocate for, protect, and expand free public access to NYC’s Harbor Estuary, and allows us to provide support for our member organizations.


New York Open Water, Inc.

New York Open Water, Inc. was formed for the purposes of conducting and providing safety, support and funding for open water swimming and kayaking programs and events, while advocating for creating better stewardship of New York State’s natural water resources, and promoting public access to these waters.

New York Open Water

New York State Water Resources Institute

The mission of the New York State Water Resources Institute (WRI) is to improve the management of water resources in New York State and the nation. As a federally and state mandated institution located at Cornell University, we are uniquely situated to access scientific and technical resources that are relevant to New York State’s and the nation’s water management needs. We collaborate with regional, state, and national partners to increase awareness of emerging water resources issues and to develop and assess new water management technologies and policies. WRI connects the water research and water management communities.


North River Historic Ship Society

Since 1994, this small state-chartered, not-for-profit organization has championed the vintage ships and workboats that tell the important story of New York’s maritime heritage.


Portside New York

PortSide NewYork is a young, innovative non-profit organization creating diverse programs about and on the BlueSpace, the water part of the waterfront.


Protect the Palisades

Protect the Palisades, a coalition of individuals and organizations in New Jersey, New York and across America, is dedicated to preserving the Hudson River Palisades.


The River Project

The River Project is a marine science field station founded in 1986 at Pier 26 in Tribeca, on the lower west side of Manhattan, in New York City. The River Project works to protect and restore the ecosystem of the Hudson River estuary through scientific research, hands-on environmental education, and urban habitat improvement.



Riverkeeper is a member-supported watchdog organization dedicated to defending the Hudson River and its tributaries and protecting the drinking water supply of nine million New York City and Hudson Valley residents.


See also Waterkeeper and Hudson Riverkeeper

Riverside Park Conservancy

The mission of the Riverside Park Conservancy is to restore, maintain, and improve Riverside Park in partnership with the City of New York for the enjoyment and benefit of all New Yorkers.  We support the preservation of the park’s historic landscape, structures, and monuments, engage the community in active stewardship of the park, and provide a wide range of public programs.


Rocking the Boat

Rocking the Boat engages over 200 teens per year in a series of STEM-based programs that last throughout their high school careers and into college. Participants enter as freshmen and sophomores and choose from one of three programs: Boatbuilding, Environmental Science, or Sailing. They move from being students to paid apprentices to alumni once they graduate high school, at which point they are eligible to work part-time for Rocking the Boat as Program Assistants.


The Safe Harbor

This is a free online educational resource for safe boating in the Port of NY & NJ. The project contains a 28 minute safety video describing the multi user environment of the Port of NY & NJ and 5 sub chapters: The Pilot, The Paddlers, The Sailors, The Motor Boaters and Operation Clear Channel.


Save Ellis Island

Save Ellis Island’s mission is to preserve the historic hospital buildings on Ellis Island.


Scenic Hudson

Scenic Hudson works to protect and restore the Hudson River and its majestic landscape as an irreplaceable national treasure and a vital resource for residents and visitors.


Stuyvesant Cover Park Association

To support the development of a park and environmental center along the East River
which will attract people to the waterfront and provide environmental education for children and adults.


S.W.I.M Coalition (Stormwater Infrastructure Matters)

A coalition dedicated to ensuring swimmable waters around New York City through natural, sustainable stormwater management practices in our neighborhoods. This approach is environmentally and fiscally responsible because it utilizes stormwater, currently viewed as waste, as a resource.


US Army Corps of Engineers (New York District)

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers New York District has played a major role in the navigation, development and maintenance of water resource activities in the New York and New Jersey Harbor Estuary for more than 200 years. From maintenance and channel dredging to drift removal and environmental restoration, the New York District has been involved in many facets of port improvement plans.


Waters We Share

Restoring the New York-New Jersey Harbor Estuary will create a mosaic of habitats — where nature and people coexist and where the environment and economy receive balanced consideration — providing us with all the benefits the estuary can offer.


Waterfront Museum

The Waterfront Museum, founded in 1985, is located in Red Hook, Brooklyn. It is housed aboard the 1914 Lehigh Valley Barge #79, listed on the National Register of Historic Places.


Waterkeeper Alliance

Waterkeeper Alliance holds polluters accountable. We’re the largest and fastest growing nonprofit solely focused on clean water. We preserve and protect water by connecting local Waterkeeper organizations worldwide. Our goal is swimmable, drinkable and fishable water everywhere.


See also Hudson Riverkeeper and Riverkeeper.

Working Harbor Committee

The Mission of the Working Harbor Committee is to strengthen awareness of the working harbor’s history and vitality today, and its opportunities for the future, by: Involving people in learning how the harbor works and what it does; Educating people in the rich and challenging history of the harbor; Making people aware of the need to build and sustain the working harbor.


Posted February 13, 2011 by David Polakoff

One response to “NY Waterway Support

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  1. Dave:

    Nice job on the article you emailed us and this site/blog. I’ll put a link to you on iboatnyharbor’s Other Resources page. Would appreciate a link to iboat somewhere on this site/blog. You did such a thorough job that iboat may be the only harbor link missing.

    Keep up the good work.

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