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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Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

Ocean River Institute is, by far, one of the most compassionate non-profits that truly focuses on making an impact by helping the environment. I sign petitions all the time with various nonprofits on issues that I care about. Once I sign the petitions, I get the usual "thank you" automated letter (which of course I don't mind and appreciate the letter). When I received Ocean River Institute's thank you, I replied to asking them to watch this video on an issue I care about. I was not expecting a reply. But, I couldn't believe a few hours later I got a response from a real person writing to me! They told me further steps I could take in order to truly make impact. I'm so impressed with Ocean's personable and caring response, that Ocean's is now on my top nonprofit lists! THANK YOU OCEAN RIVER INSTITUTE! :)

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Personally, I have experienced the results of this organization. It simple to find out the results by going to their website: http://www.oceanriver.org/.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-7-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

ORI partners with other non-profits to support them both financially and with promotion efforts and I find that refreshing and unique. They really understand that we are all working towards important causes and doing so together can result in a bigger better outcome.I have been volunteering with the Ocean River Institute since October 2009. I first worked with them at a 350 event in Boston, and continue to volunteer with them about once a week. I have edited e-alerts, learned about ocean issues, attended a partnership meeting, made phone calls, learned EMMA (e-mail marketing program), helped with social media tools and had a lot of fun. I support ORI through volunteer work because I love volunteering, care greatly about the environment and water issues effecting the environment, and have a passion for learning. I praise the efforts of this great VERY SMALL non-profit group and always wish them the best of luck!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing the feedback of e-alert campaigns, and knowing that there are a lot of people who care about the ocean issues that ORI is tackling.

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

help them hire more staff so they could do more.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

their passion for helping create change in policy and educating the public about important issues.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

very kind, caring, passionate people.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

save the oceans, clean up the oil spills, change ocean policy, help the environment!

Ways to make it better...

they could hire me =). No, I'm kidding, it's a really great organization and I can't think of what they could do better.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

lack of funds, small staff, maybe thinking too globally...?

One thing I'd also say is that...

the oceans and waters of earth really need our help! Reduce reuse recycle and rethink (upcycle!)

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

I work in rural community development and know first hand how crucial an intermediary nonprofit role can be in helping to strengthen grassroots efforts and build the capacity of smaller community-based organizations to effectively achieve their goals. Ocean River Institute is a perfect example of a nonprofit with a national scope and a timely mission that adds value to numerous local nonprofits working on local and regional environmental issues. As a volunteer I have observed and continue to observe a model of service delivery that is well worth supporting.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

passionate, intelligent and committed to the mission

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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Rating: 4 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

OCI is a dedicated organization to preserving and protecting our natural wetlands, oceans and other vital resources of earth. It has helped me learn how I too can help in my own way. Even one can make a difference, think of what many are possible of. Thank you OCI

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

how I live my life and care for the earth and what a magnificent planet it is and how worthy a goal it is to take care of being part in.

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

Focus more on the Great Lakes and what a huge natural world wide wonder it is. How we should all be concerned with its health, and treat it as we do any other national wonder.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Watching positive changes being made.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Were kind,caring and passionate about their work.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Clean up so much pollution and try to get the attention of so many more people so they might learn to care too.

Ways to make it better...

It focused on what individuals could do that are small and non costly but still make a difference.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Getting people to realize without clean healthy water life can not exist for any of us.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Without organizations such as this our planet is doomed. We may effectively destroy it to such a point as to not only make it unlivable for other species but our selves. Which should ultimately be the selfish reason we should take care of our waters.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

ORI is an institute that I am proud to associate myself with . Their work is tireless, and selfless. TRhay really know how to pinch a penny to get as much good work done as possible.:)

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

making sure my own hometown waterways, vernal pools, brooks, etc are clean, and by learning about and then eredicating non-native invasive species on my property.

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

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If there were morem members closer to me...

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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