The RIVERKEEPER Program


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Our RIVERKEEPERs lead our advocacy and enforcement program, and are equally at home patrolling our rivers for illegal pollution and testifying on legislation in Annapolis.

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ShoreRivers employs four RIVERKEEPERs® (Chester, Choptank, Miles-Wye, and Sassafras) who regularly patrol their rivers and tributaries, are ready to combat illegal pollution, and serve as guardians for these living resources. ShoreRivers also employs other scientists, educators, outreach coordinators, and policy and legal advocates, all of whom work at every level to improve and protect our rivers.

Licensed by WATERKEEPER® ALLIANCE, ShoreRivers is part of a growing network of nearly 300 river, bay, and lake “keeper”  and affiliate programs in 34 countries whose active presence on waterways is becoming a force for change.

ShoreRivers is also a member of WATERKEEPERS Chesapeake, a group of eighteen Chesapeake Bay advocacy programs which are coordinating efforts and building leverage to impact environmental legislation and policy across the watershed.

On our rivers, throughout the Bay and across the nation, these efforts are making a difference.

Join the cause!

The WATERKEEPER® ALLIANCE

The WATERKEEPER Alliance sprung from grass roots environmental advocacy begun on the Hudson River in the 1960s. It is now an international center which approves and licenses WATERKEEPER programs around the globe. The ALLIANCE provides litigation and administrative resources, assists in developing clean water policy initiatives, and provides a forum for WATERKEEPERS to exchange information, strategy and know-how. ShoreRivers, however, has its own board of directors and independently determines its own policies and priorities.