OCEAN RIVER INSTITUTE INC

Rating: 4.9 stars   30 reviews

Issues: Water

Location: 12 Eliot St Cambridge MA 02138 USA

Mission: The Ocean River Institute's mission is to foster greater personal involvement in conservation, environmental monitoring, and protecting ecosystems by facilitating the grassroots efforts of groups working at local and regional levels.
Results: In 2007, ORI engaged, educated and broadened a constituency in Massachusetts supportive of comprehensive ecosystem-based management of coastal ocean waters. This led to the passing of the Massachusetts Ocean Act in 2008. In 2008, ORI assisted the Virgin Island Environmental Council in a successful court battle to stop unregulated development of BVI’s last pristine salt ponds, mangrove shore, and Fisheries Protected Area. In 2009, ORI educated and mobilized 7,500 ecostewards to demand protections for Cook Inlet beluga whale habitat. In 2010, ORI assisted its partner Sunshine Wildlife in Stuart, FL, to reduce nitrogen runoff pollution following the death of more than 40 dolphins every summer in Florida’s Indian River Lagoon since 2001. In 2011, Martin County Commissioners acted unanimously to reduce nitrogen pollution in the Lagoon with a strong nitrogen lawn fertilizer ordinance. In 2012, ORI partnered with commercial fisherman and fishing advocated and successfully sued the National Marine Fisheries Service to include better, ecosystem-based protections for river herring and shad. In 2013, ORI assisted Falmouth MA in reducing nitrogen pollution when striped bass and a horseshoe crab were found dead from harmful algae bloom. In Florida, Indian River County revoked an earlier decision and passed a strong lawn fertilizer ordinance to reduce nitrogen pollution in the Indian River Lagoon. Rob testified before the Senate Committee to save fish and fishing communities.
Target demographics: 50,000 Ecostewards and EnviroGuardians in the US, UK, and BVIGeographic areas served: New England, Florida, Alaska, California and British Virgin Islands
Direct beneficiaries per year: 15 partnering local environmental groups
Geographic areas served: National/International
Programs: Save Fish and Fishing Communities, Ocean Ecosystem Education and Advocacy, Rebuilding River and Sea Herring Populations, Save Dolphins and Stop Nitrogen Pollution, Protect Rivers and Groundwater, Advance Ecosystem-based Regional Ocean Planning, and Recognize Blue Green Heroes

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I would like to say congratulations to Rob and Harper at the Ocean River Institute. I have been so inspired by your work and was thrilled to read about recent clean water victories. The Ocean River Institute has faced numerous challenges in it's time but you two just never let it faze you - and now you're ever closer to protecting Florida's environment and the animals that live within it. Thank you for staying the course and speaking out about these issues. I wish you the very best."
Kellen, San Francisco, CA.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Quite well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

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Likely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

Presently, I live in MA near Boston. I've been a monthly donor to ORI for 2 years now. I'm so impressed by their work and their passion for it. But what really makes me proud to support them is they are doing such amazing work for the Indian River in Florida! I lived in Brevard County for 23 years and raised my children there. The Indian River and the wildlife were always one of the things we loved so much about living there. We have moved away but we always visit. My daughter and her new little family were so excited last year to visit and one of the first things they did was take their little girl to see the manatees, but sadly, they are now hard to find because of the pollution and die-offs.
ORI is trying to save these beautiful, gentle creatures and I will forever be grateful for their work

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Nothing except ask more people to give them the national importance they deserve!

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Definitely

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Definitely

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Definitely

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2014

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Rating: 4 stars  

Indian River is a beautiful place, worth preserving for ever. I was born/raised by the river and am so grateful for the work these folks are doing. I am 68 now, but I still see gray pelicans standing guard over the fish. Everything you can do will be a help our future. Do not assume the coastal river area is safe and will survive without fighting to make it so.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

escalate knowledge and understanding about the gains and beauty that can be.

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A little

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Okay

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2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

We seem to forget the value of all our waters....thank you so much ORI!!!!

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2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

I would like to thank ORI for all the work you do in helping to maintain the health of our coastal waters. My family has made trips to the coast a very special treat and because of ORIs tireless efforts at keeping the coasts clean and the rivers leading into the oceans healthy, we can enjoy all that nature has to offer. Seeing the Sea lion pups at Jenner or watching the whales in Monterey Bay, non of this would be enjoyable if the coasts and waterways were allowed to be polluted by chemicals and trash. I know it is a constant fight to keep the environment healthy and clean so I would like you to know we appreciate all of your hard work.

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A lot

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Definitely

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2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

This organization has alerted my family to so many causes worth supporting within our wetlands, rivers and oceans. They are helping save some of the wonders of this beautiful country and I recommend them.
The Ocean River Institute website is filled with helpful information and petitions. I thank them for all their passion to preserve what we love!!

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Life-changing

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2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

People like me are happy that the OCEAN RIVER INSTITUTE INC. acts with experience, sense of responsibility and a huge commitment for that sector of our common world. I sign each petition I am able and allowed to.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

...something make easier for foreigners who want to help by signing petitions - maybe an extra list?

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No

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Life-changing

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2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

They are great at what they do and I always sign their petitions.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Nothing

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No

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Life-changing

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2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

I first became aware of the Ocean River Institute through the website of Care2Action, where I had signed one of many petitions that come to me on an almost daily basis. I inadvertently allowed the check in the box to remain in there which permitted the Ocean River Institute to send messages and communications to me about their actions and efforts to carry out their fine environmental mission.
From the messages and petitions that I have read so far from them, I feel that they are a sincere, organized, and dedicated non-profit entity that earnestly struggles against the heavy, encroaching forces that seek to wrest control over most aspects of Americans' ties to our national resources of waterways, land, plants, animals, and air. I think that the Ocean River Institute, from what I've seen so far, has a proper angle to focus its efforts, not too broad and not too narrow. They are focusing on the health of our waterways. Nothing is more important than having clean, healthy waterways. Only having relatively clean, breathable air equals this pressing need. The Ocean River Institute is dedicated to shouldering this fight against the multitude of individuals and corporations who ignorantly believe that one can blatantly despoil our nation's waterways for the sake of resource extraction and profit, and still maintain a healthy and happy standard of living for people and plants and animals alike.

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Some

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2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

America and the world at large needs more non-profits like ORI to help us save one of our most precious commodities - clean water. Humans & all other life on earth can not survive without clean water. ORI does a wonderful non-political job of gathering information and offering opportunities to participate in this monumental effort of saving our oceans, rivers and lakes for future generations.

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Life-changing

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2014

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