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
2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
Write a Review

See How $25 Can Help

See How 3Hrs Can Help

More Info

EIN 20-8273235
617-661-6647
Invite people to share their experience with this nonprofit!

Promote This Nonprofit

GreatNonprofits badges allow you to raise awareness of your favorite nonprofits on your own web sites!

Review this charity on
GreatNonprofits

Community Reviews

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

2 people 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

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Likely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
Flag review
Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

With the extent of pollution entering the waterways and the oceans of the world through plastics, oil and chemical spills, raw sewage, acid rain and heavy metals from fossil fuel use, the world needs groups that will take the initiative in, not only stopping the pollution, but also in cleaning up the mess that mankind is leaving for future generations. ORI's efforts in this direction have been, are and will be both inspirational and greatly appreciated. The world needs more groups with their dedication and leadership capability. Grant Campbell South Florida Audubon Society Director of Wildlife Policy Conservation Chair conservation@southfloridaaudubon.org 954-812-2613

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

Action alerts, newsletters and emails.

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

Initiate grant funding so their work could proceed on a wider scale - our problems are worldwide.

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

the dedication to their ideals and their spirit.

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

I have had only email contact with the organization, but their demeanor is cordial and their communication has been topical.

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

go broke trying to clean up the waterways and oceans of the world.

Ways to make it better...

it could have been in person

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

Mankind.

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

Do not give up. The challenges we face seem at times insurmountable, but collectively we are making a difference and given time, the results will be worthwhile.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

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

6 people found this review helpful

ORI was instrumental at helping to organize fund-raising, international petitions and strategies in raising awarenenss about a crucial development in the BVI which would jeopardize a fisheries protected area. The case eventually went to court and we won. couldn't have done it without the tireless efforts of ORI, who continues to raise awareness in protecting the territory. The staff was sensitive and observant, guiding where needed and let others shine, a rare skill. ORI is approachable, sharp, well-connected and experienced. I will work with them again in a moment's notice.

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

sparking local people to protect their own environment and to watch how ORI handles inquiries and ideas in a positive manner. ORI is greatly respected in the BVI.

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

what I learn.

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

the breath of knowledge and experience as well as political savy the director brings to every meeting. He never leaves a stone unturned while maintaining humor and inclusiveness.

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

very smart, dedicated, broad-thinking, educated, fun and willing.

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

it probably would help organize other smaller groups into a larger network while educating along the way. It would set up a user-friendly framework encouraging inclusion and action. It could expand their radio/ web program about the environs.

Ways to make it better...

we had more time.

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

as usual, financial. It does a great job sounding like thousands, when it is a dedicated few. I would say publicity. Their broadcasting and issues are enlightening and important today.

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

ORI fills a niche which helps smaller non-profits fullfill their goals with wisdom and guidance, great energy and ideas. They need to expand for the hundreds of other issues assaulting the world. They would definitely be an asset.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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

1 person found this review helpful

My experience is in ecological assessments and restoration, especially of endangered species. Most notably, stout iguana, red-legged tortoise, greater flamingo, and white-crowned pigeon. See my 2005 book: Island, Fact and theory in Nature (U. Cal. Berkeley).

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

efforts to protect mangrove swamp, salt ponds, and other natural habitats in the British Virgin Islands.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

 
Flag review