The mission of the Hudson River Watershed Alliance (the Alliance) is
to protect, conserve and restore the water resources of the Hudson River
Basin through collaborative outreach, education, networking, science,
information sharing and technical assistance by and for the stakeholders
of the region.
The Hudson River watershed will become a national model for clean water,
healthy habitat and environmentally sustainable economic development
through the collaborative efforts of a diverse array of stakeholders.
The Alliance is open to groups and individuals throughout the Hudson
River Watershed from Lake Tear of the Clouds in the Adirondacks to and
including New York Harbor. Additionally, groups and individuals in
adjacent watersheds that are hydrologically connected to the Hudson
River watershed may also participate.
Goals and Objectives
The functions of the Alliance include education and outreach, networking
and clearinghouse, research and translation, and consensus building.
Education and Outreach: One of the critical functions of the Alliance is
to build an educated water constituency through outreach and education
programs. This will be achieved by developing conferences and seminars
on various water issues, developing reference lists of best management
practices, providing resources for decision-makers and watershed groups
to encourage informed decisions, and providing general how-to support
to individuals and groups working in the watershed.
Networking and Clearinghouse: One of the key roles of the Alliance is to
inform participants of whos doing what, who has what information, and
what resources each group can offer the Alliance, or its members.
In its role as a clearinghouse the Alliance will inventory information,
identify gaps in data, promote standardization of data, make information
available in format that is useful, and develop multi-metric indices of
The networking function allows individual groups, agencies, and other
partners to readily communicate in an open forum. This function will be
supported by an email distribution list, which can be supplemented by
postal mail to those not having email, a listserve discussion group, and
As a network, the Alliance will also identify the skills, services, and
other contributions that each organization, agency, or individual can
offer to the Alliance, and identify needs that Alliance members, or the
Alliance as a whole, may be able to address.
Research and Translation: The research and translation function of the
Alliance may or may not include original research, but will include
translation of current research under the Alliances educational and
Advocacy Policy: The Alliance will be comprised of a wide range of
governmental agencies, research and educational institutions,
environmental organizations, grassroots groups, and others. A central
purpose of the Alliance is to create common ground among these diverse
groups, and to avoid polarization. To this end, the Alliance will not
participate in or take position on site-specific issues.
Any actions taken or statements made by the Alliance must first be
approved by the Board of Directors. Under no circumstances shall a
person act in the name of the Alliance without prior approval.
In addition, the Alliance will follow these specific guidelines:
- The Alliance will not participate or involve itself in partisan
politics of any kind, including endorsements, campaigns, fundraising,
- The Alliance will not originate nor support litigation of any kind.
- The Alliance will not support or oppose any specific development or
other related projects.
- The Alliance will not lobby for or against proposed legislation.
- Requests for the Alliance to officially support or lend its name to
proposals or projects of any kind, including grant proposals, will be
considered only if it is consistent with the mission and goals of the
The Alliance is a network of groups and individuals working on watershed
issues in the Hudson River watershed, and those interested in helping
with the protection of these resources, including ground water, lakes,
ponds, wetlands, reservoirs, tributaries, and the mainstem Hudson,
including New York Harbor.
The Alliance is composed of member organizations and individuals that
have submitted the Membership Form and agreed to this Platform. In
addition, other interested parties who decline to become a member can be
recognized as a Participating Organization.
The Board of Directors will meet at least quarterly to coordinate and
direct the activities and agenda of the HRWA. The Board of Directors is
decision-making body for the Alliance. Specific guidelines for
decision-making will be developed by the inaugural Board of Directors.
Funding: The Alliance is funded by grants, contracts and
contributions from member organizations and individuals in keeping with
the Alliance mission and goals. The Alliance is a nonprofit public
charity exempt from federal income tax under Sections 501(c)(3) and
170(b)(1)(A)(vi) of the Internal Revenue Code.