Our Mission

The Hudson River Watershed Alliance’s mission is to unite and empower communities to protect our shared waters. We work across the Hudson River watershed to support watershed groups, help communities work together on water issues, and communicate as a collective voice.

A watershed is the area of land from which water drains into a river, stream, or other waterbody. The Hudson River watershed, from Lake Tear of the Clouds in the Adirondacks to New York City, covers 13,400 square miles. Each stream that flows to the Hudson is connected to the health of the river, as is each community that is connected to the Hudson River directly or through its vast network of streams and tributaries. To protect and improve the health of the Hudson River and its ecosystem, we must take a watershed approach.

The Hudson River Watershed Alliance’s Strategic Plan sets our organizational direction, including goals and values. The 2022 Annual Report summarizes the Hudson River Watershed Alliance’s accomplishments and core programs. For an overview of our programs and activities, see this webinar presentation from Executive Director Emily Vail. The Work on Watersheds report compiles the accomplishments and success stories of our local watershed partners.  

We envision a healthy Hudson River watershed and communities that support the watershed with meaningful and lasting environmental stewardship. Watershed groups from the Adirondacks to New York City are empowered and respected voices that confidently advocate for healthy watersheds. Residents and visitors understand their connection to the Hudson River and local streams. Community leaders understand the significance of the watershed and the impacts of their decisions on it. Hudson River Watershed Alliance serves as a knowledgeable and trusted ally that supports watershed champions and their efforts towards watershed health and environmental justice.

We are a collaborative network of engaged, informed, and active community groups, organizations, municipalities, agencies, and individuals that work together to ensure a healthy and resilient Hudson River watershed.

We lead educational, capacity-building, and networking events to inform and inspire communities to protect and restore our waters.

We seek to build effective water stewardship by giving people the tools, information, and resources they need.

The Hudson River Watershed Alliance acknowledges that the Hudson River watershed includes the traditional land of indigenous people, including the Munsee Lenape, Wappinger, Mohican, Schaghticoke, Abenaki, Haudenosaunee, Oneida, and Mohawk, whose relationship to the land and water is mutually sustaining and built around the recognition that humans are part of nature, not separate from it.

The Hudson River Watershed Alliance is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Donations from generous supporters like you are vital to support our mission.