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Reflecting on Riverkeeper Sweep – and its model for community partnership

*Reposted with permission from the Riverkeeper blog.

The Bard Center for Environmental Policy (CEP) has a longstanding partnership with Riverkeeper, a Hudson Valley non-profit that has been working to protect and restore the Hudson River from source to sea. Riverkeeper has been safeguarding drinking water supplies, through advocacy rooted in community partnerships, science and law since 1966. The Bard CEP Riverkeeper Fellowship is a scholarship and internship opportunity for students interested in a career advocating for New York's waterways. This post is written by Jen Benson, a CEP Riverkeeper Fellow. Read more about the Riverkeeper Fellowship under "M.S. Program Scholarships" here.


A 10-year-old tradition of shoreline cleanups harnesses local knowledge and passion, and strengthens a regional movement for the Hudson.

Riverkeeper Sweep reached its 10th Anniversary in 2021, and it’s become a prime example of our approach to work together across a vast region to help restore the Hudson.

In launching our first Sweep, Riverkeeper adopted an earlier tradition begun by our long-time partners, Scenic Hudson. We tied into community efforts that had carried out shoreline cleanups at the local level for many years. In 2012, our goal was to organize seven shoreline cleanups along the Hudson. We were cleaning up after devastating floods that had occurred a year earlier, and commemorating the 40th Anniversary of the Clean Water Act.

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